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Hazel Brown 'last of his era'

By the numbers

3 Consecutive foreign-born winners of the PGA Championship (Padraig Harrington, Y.E. Yang and Martin Kaymer).

6 Consecutive first-time major championship winners

20 Number of PGA club pros in the PGA Championship field

39 Number of players who were in the field at the 2001 PGA Championship at Atlanta Athletic Club also in the field this week.

98 Of the top 100 in the world golf rankings participating in the PGA Championship.

Chip shots

The Charlotte City Amateur begins Friday at Carolina Golf Club with 104 players chasing the championship won last year by Brent Landry. The defending champion returns to highlight another powerful field in the three-day event which will play the original three-course rotation used in the inaugural 1958 City Amateur.

The second round, which will include the low 50 and ties after 18 holes, will be played at Myers Park Country Club with the low 24 advancing to the final round Sunday at Charlotte Country Club...

During the recent Carmel Junior Invitational, Harry Murrell shot a final-round 65 on the South course to win the boys 16-18 division by two strokes over William Rainey, who also shot 65 in the final round with a 30 on the back nine that included an ace at No. 17...

Charlotte's Matthew Sharpstene finished 10th in the boys 12-year-old division at the U.S. Kids world championship at Pinehurst Resort...

Tickets for the SAS Championship go on sale Monday at www.saschampionship.com. The Champions Tour event played at Prestonwood Country Club in Cary will have defending champion Russ Cochran along with Hale Irwin, Tom Pernice Jr., Mark Wiebe, D.A. Weibring and others in the field...

McConnell Golf has added the TPC at Wakefield near Raleigh to its impressive collection of area clubs. The acquisition of the TPC at Wakefield joins a group that includes Sedgefield Country Club, the Old North State, the Cardinal, the Reserve Club at Pawleys Island, S.C., Musgrove Mill, Treyburn Country Club and Raleigh Country Club...

Angel Cabrera and Davis Love III are the most recent players to commit to the Wyndham Championship in Greensboro next week.

Observations

The Charlotte golf community lost a great one recently when Hazel Brown, a fixture at Carolina Golf Club, passed away.

For more than 50 years, Brown was a part of Carolina where he began as a caddie and learned the game from his uncles, Bill and Charlie Sifford. Brown caddied professionally for a time, working longest with Bert Yancey, who played in the final Sunday pairing at consecutive Masters in the late 1960s.

In 1996, after decades of loyalty to the club, Brown was made an honorary member of Carolina Golf Club where he continued to play golf and work with members.

"He was one of the last of his era," Carolina pro Jeff Peck said. "You never caught Hazel in a bad mood. He always had a friendly smile and a funny line whether you'd had a good round or a not so good round.

"The last part of a round of golf at Carolina was always coming up the hill from 18 and being greeted by Hazel."

I'll give Steve Williams the benefit of the doubt that he didn't intend to upstage his new boss, Adam Scott, in the hours after Scott won the World Golf Championship Bridgestone Invitational but it happened anyway.

The win should have been about Scott but it turned into Stevie against Tiger and no one won, especially not Williams who boasted about his 145 career victories, none of which included him hitting a shot.

Williams said it was the best week of his 33-year caddie life and maybe it was but there were some pretty sweet weeks in those 11 or so years he was carrying the bag for Tiger. Pebble Beach. St. Andrews. Torrey Pines.

Earlier this week, Williams admitted that perhaps he'd gone too far with his venting and said he'll stay away from Tiger talk in the future. That's probably a good idea. He's already said too much.

Three picks to win the PGA Championship:

1. Jason Day

2. Luke Donald

3. Nick Watney

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