New name but same great event in Phoenix

BY Bruce Young | US PGA Tour | 2004 FBR Open | Preview | 28 Jan 2004
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It might be going by a new name this year (it was previously known as the Phoenix Open) but you can book it that the FBR Open will be the same madhouse come Sunday when 100,000 people will cram the TPC of Scottsdale in Arizona.

The course was designed by the highly regarded team of Weiskopf and Morrish and, opened in 1986, was one of their first collaborations. When teamed together during the eighties and nineties they produced a series of high quality courses throughout the world including the nearby Troon North and also Loch Lomond in Scotland.

Vijay Singh will be defending one of the four USPGA titles he won in 2003 and with a runner up placing at the Mercedes and a 10th place at the Sony he is expected to do well again. He won this event on the same course in 1995. Other recent winners have included Chris Di Marco, three time winner Mark Calcavecchia, Tom Lehman, Rocco Mediate and Jesper Parnevik who appears to be finding form again after some time in the wilderness.

Last week’s winner Phil Mickelson is here as is Retief Goosen, Mike Weir, Kenny Perry, regular placegetter here, Rocco Mediate, Chris Di Marco and Sergio Garcia. While Garcia has not played all that well here, he is back close to his best.

The Australasian contingent consists of (in tee off order) Rod Pampling, Geoff Ogilvy, Robert Allenby, Stephen Leaney, Aaron Baddeley, John Senden, Steve Elkington, Craig Perks and Steve Allan.

 

Position Score Player Country R1 R2 R3 R4 Total
1 -18 Jonathan Kaye United States 65 68 66 67 266
2   ↓T1 -16 Chris Dimarco United States 68 67 64 69 268
T3   ↑T8 -15 Steve Flesch United States 66 69 68 66 269
T3   ↑T8 -15 Vijay Singh Fiji 71 69 63 66 269
T5   ↑T20 -13 Duffy Waldorf United States 70 68 68 65 271
T5   ↓T4 -13 Mike Weir Canada 65 69 68 69 271
T7   ↓3 -12 Phil Mickelson United States 64 68 68 72 272
T7   ↑T8 -12 Scott Verplank United States 63 70 70 69 272
T9   ↓T8 -11 Fredrik Jacobson Sweden 68 68 67 70 273
T9   ↓T4 -11 Justin Leonard United States 69 67 66 71 273
Position Score Player Country R1 R2 R3 R4 Total
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    A multi-award winning golf journalist, Bruce's extensive knowledge of the game comes from several years caddying the tournament circuits of the world, marketing a successful golf course design company and as one of Australia's leading golf journalists and commentators.


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