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POWER OF PRAYER: Todd Hamilton's wife, Jacque, spent a good portion of her flight to Scotland for the British Open in July talking with the Rev. Jason Lefor, a Catholic priest in Cavalier, N.D. He was headed to Europe for a "vacation-pilgrimage." After the plane landed Jacque asked Lefor to pray for her husband to do well at the tournament. Hamilton, of course, won in a playoff vs. Ernie Els. "I had a deeper intention for the prayer than for him to win," Lefor said. "Specifically, I prayed for the health of his marriage and family and that his family would be an inspiration for Christians around the world." Nonetheless, Hamilton sent Lefor a $25,000 check for his church.

TOO MUCH?: The wives and girlfriends of players from both Ryder Cup teams were quite prominent at the matches. Too prominent for some tastes. Unlike regular tournaments, spouses and significant others are permitted inside the ropes at the Ryder Cup. And they were outfitted in special uniforms, too, making them stand out even more. It was all too much for longtime television commentator Peter Alliss, who played in eight Cups for Britain and Ireland between 1953 and 1969. "This wives thing is all getting a bit silly now," Alliss said. "They seem to be everywhere and involved in everything. And the costumes they wear! My goodness. Suffice to say there would have been none all this nonsense in my day."

CAN YOU BELIEVE IT?

Vijay Singh is the third player since 1980 to win at least seven PGA Tour events in a season. Tom Watson won seven in 1980 and Tiger Woods did it twice, winning eight in 1999 and nine in 2000. Dating to 1960, only Arnold Palmer ('60, '62, '63), Jack Nicklaus ('72, '73) and Johnny Miller ('74) won at least seven in a season.

QUOTABLE

"Defeat is defeat. I think every one of us would answer this the exact same way. We came in here with one purpose, and that was to win this thing. And if we'd have lost by a half a point, it would have been painful. Losing by as many as we did is equally painful."

_ HAL SUTTON, U.S. Ryder Cup captain on the largest margin of defeat for the Americans in Ryder Cup history, 18{-9{.

STAT OF THE WEEK

Of the 28 matches at the Ryder Cup, 11 made it to the 18th hole. The Americans won none, Europe won three and eight were halved.

_ BOB HARIG, Times staff writer

PGA MONEY LEADERS

TrnMoney

1. Vijay Singh 25 $8,699,566

2. Phil Mickelson 19 5,672,323

3. Tiger Woods 17 4,562,472

4. Ernie Els 14 4,429,025

5. Stewart Cink 24 3,826,070

6. Adam Scott 14 3,571,384

7. Davis Love III 20 3,030,592

8. Stephen Ames 23 2,966,679

9. Sergio Garcia 16 2,807,415

10. Todd Hamilton 24 2,760,634

11. Stuart Appleby 20 2,705,943

12. Chris DiMarco 23 2,566,827

13. Retief Goosen 13 2,547,323

14. Mike Weir 19 2,504,464

15. Rory Sabbatini 23 2,270,197

16. Steve Flesch 26 2,267,342

17. Mark Hensby 24 2,222,291

18. Chad Campbell 24 2,205,977

19. John Daly 18 2,170,507

20. Scott Verplank 19 2,015,477

21. Shigeki Maruyama 22 $2,007,232

22. Zach Johnson 25 $1,900,805

23. K.J. Choi 20 $1,811,775

24. Jerry Kelly 23 $1,810,924

25. Jay Haas 19 $1,737,876

LPGA MONEY LEADERS

TrnMoney

1. Annika Sorenstam 14 1,864,608

2. Meg Mallon 18 1,300,590

3. Lorena Ochoa 20 1,260,243

4. Grace Park 18 1,003,845

5. Cristie Kerr 19 986,936

6. Mi Hyun Kim 23 861,525

7. Karen Stupples 20 845,200

8. Hee-Won Han 22 695,620

9. Se Ri Pak 17 648,860

10. Jennifer Rosales 18 619,394

11. Wendy Doolan 14 575,983

12. Catriona Matthew 21 562,574

13. Juli Inkster 17 522,128

14. Shi Hyun Ahn 20 519,643

15. Karrie Webb 16 517,317

16. Rachel Teske 20 506,164

17. Jeong Jang 23 492,229

18. Candie Kung 23 481,925

19. Pat Hurst 21 476,927

20. Lorie Kane 20 464,892

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