... To be sure, Maggert has needed a sense of humor about his game lately. Maggert is 42, and he had made 180 starts since his most recent victory at the 1999 Match Play Championship. He finished a career-worst 106th on the money list last year, and the 2006 season was starting to look like more of the same aggravation. In his first 12 starts of the season, he missed five cuts and cracked the top 15 only once.
"Seven years goes by fast," said Maggert, a former Texas A&M All-American who spent his formative years honing his game in The Woodlands as part of the Houston Golf Association's junior program. "I can't believe it's been seven years, but it's been seven good years for me. I played a lot of good golf in that span. I haven't won, but this is just a good win for me."
"I've certainly played well enough to probably win seven, eight, nine, 10 times," Maggert said. "But this is a tough game. You can put yourself in contention a lot, and success breeds more success. When you win a few times out here, the second, third, fourth, fifth wins become a little easier. I just had a lot of time in between a win."
Maggert has more career runner-up finishes than Cook, who has won 11 times while making only one Ryder Cup team. Maggert has more runner-up finishes than Houston's Steve Elkington, whose 10 victories include the 1995 PGA Championship. Maggert has more runner-up finishes than David Toms, a top-10 player whose 12 victories include the 2001 PGA.
Tuesday, May 30, 2006
More on Maggert
Steve Campbell has a nice profile of Woodlands resident Jeff Maggert in the Houston Chronicle (visit bugmenot.com if you need a user name/password to read):