leonard: hope springs eternal

mulligan, 31 January 2005, Comments Off on leonard: hope springs eternal
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Justin Leonard came from 3 shots back to overtake Joe Ogilvie to win the Bob Hope Classic. Here are several interesting factoids:

1. The Hope is the only PGA tournament that is 5 rounds (I believe). Had it been 4 rounds, Joe Ogilvie would have won wire-to-wire.

2. Justin Leonard has switched clubs from Hogan to Nike, and balls from Titleist to Nike. Very interesting because I saw Justin demo’ing a new driver at the Memorial last year, and it appeared to be made by a Japanese manufacturer. Maybe the deal fell through. Anyway, Justin is a real shotmaker, so his use of Nike clubs adds greater “street cred” to the clubs and may compensate for Duval’s dramatic fall.

3. The past 2 winners of the Masters – Phil and Mike Weir — had won the Hope in the same year. Justin says he’s scribbled that down in his yardage book for the Masters.


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