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Jay Yelas: 2002 Classic Champion

Updated: December 29, 2006, 5:21 AM ET
By Tim Tucker | B.A.S.S. Times

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — On the eve of the 32nd annual CITGO BASS Masters Classic, Jay Yelas stood before the national news media. He listened to a scenario in which he and Kevin VanDam were compared to PGA golfers Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods.

Yelas was likened to Mickelson, a brilliant golfer who's had the misfortune of living in the sizable shadow of Tiger Woods.

Both Yelas and VanDam started their B.A.S.S. careers 12 years ago. Although the Texas pro has enjoyed a stellar run ...

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