Ten notes to know: March 18th

March 18, 2019
Justin Ray

1. With his victory on Sunday at TPC Sawgrass, Rory McIlroy reached 15 PGA Tour wins in his career. Since the first Masters in 1934, only three players have won 15 PGA Tour titles, including four majors, before turning 30 years old: Jack Nicklaus, Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy.

2. Over his last six starts, McIlroy has posted a cumulative score to par of 80-under. He has gained a staggering 55.5 strokes on the field tee-to-green during that span – more than 2.3 strokes per round.

3. Jim Furyk, age 48, turned back the clock Sunday at Sawgrass, nearly becoming the oldest winner of The Players Championship. It was the 31st runner-up finish of Furyk’s PGA Tour career. Since 1995, only Phil Mickelson has more second-place finishes (35, Tiger Woods also has 31).

4. Eddie Pepperell was scorching hot down the stretch, playing his last 12 holes in seven-under-par. In that stretch, he was +3.98 strokes gained tee-to-green and +2.99 putting. Pepperell had 13 putts in his last 12 holes.

5. 54-hole leader Jon Rahm staggered to the finish line with a closing 76. Rahm continued a brutal streak at TPC Sawgrass: since 2007, there have been 17 players to hold the 54-hole lead or co-lead at The Players. None of them shot in the 60s in the final round (scoring average 75.0, combined to par +51).

6. Dustin Johnson finished tied for fifth, but did so with four rounds in the 60s. DJ is the first player to record all four rounds in the 60s at TPC Sawgrass since Steve Elkington in 1997.

7. Back to Rory – his current run is the first time he has finished sixth or better in six consecutive worldwide starts since the end of 2011. In both instances, his sixth start during the streak was a win (2011 Hong Kong Open).

8. Tiger Woods finished tied for 30th, but has some positives to take with him moving forward. Woods hit 12 fairways Sunday, his most in a round at TPC Sawgrass in 14 years (2005, final round, also hit 12).

9. Woods insinuated that he would be teeing it up at the WGC Dell Technologies Match Play in Austin in two weeks. Tiger has not played in a PGA Tour event in the state of Texas since the 2005 Byron Nelson – the week his record streak of 142 straight made cuts came to an end.

10. Guido Migliozzi, age 22, became the third-youngest Italian player to win in European Tour history Sunday at the Kenya Open. Past Kenya Open winners include major champions Seve Ballesteros (1978), Ian Woosnam (1986) and Trevor Immelman (2000).