Ten notes to know: April 29th

April 29, 2019
Justin Ray
  1. The team of Ryan Palmer and Jon Rahm won the Zurich Classic on Sunday. Though the event awarded no Official World Golf Ranking points, it counts as an official PGA Tour victory for both Palmer and Rahm. For Palmer, it was his first win since the 2010 Sony Open – a span of nearly 3,400 days. Palmer had 40 top-10 finishes between victories, most of any player on the PGA Tour without a win in that span.
  1. For Rahm, it was PGA Tour win number three. Rahm is one of just four European players since 1980 to win three or more times on the PGA Tour before age 25, along with Seve Ballesteros, Sergio Garcia and Rory McIlroy.
  1. On the European Tour, Jorge Campillo finally broke through, earning his first career victory at the Trophee Hassan II. Entering the week, Campillo had 12 top-five finishes on the European Tour since 2015, most by any player without a victory in that span. Campillo’s landmark win came in his 229th career European Tour start.
  1. Campillo won by two strokes with a score to par for the week of -9. His 16 birdies or better for the week are the fewest by a European Tour winner so far in 2019. He ranked third in the field for the week in strokes gained putting (+9.3 strokes overall).
  1. Americans Sean Crocker and Julian Suri finished tied for second in Morocco. Each were vying to become the first American to win the Trophee Hassan II since Erik Compton in 2004. Other notable American players to win the event include Payne Stewart, Billy Casper and Lee Trevino.
  1. Minjee Lee, age 22, picked up her fifth LPGA victory Sunday in Los Angeles. Each of the last six LPGA tournaments have been won by players age 25 or younger, all from outside the United States. Only one winner this season – Eun Hee Ji at the Diamond Resorts Tournament of Champions – has been older than 29.
  1. It was also a team event on the PGA Tour Champions – with Tom Pernice Jr. and Scott Hoch taking the victory at the Bass Pro Shops Legends of Golf. Hoch gets credit for an official win despite it being a team event. In doing so, he became the oldest winner in PGA Tour Champions history at 63 years, 5 months and 5 days old.
  1. Tiger Woods is not in the field this week at the Wells Fargo Championship, and will make his first post-Masters start at the season’s next major, the PGA Championship. The last time Woods played the Masters then did not make another start until the following major was in 2008. Tiger won the U.S. Open that year.
  1. Woods will enter the month of May leading the PGA Tour in greens in regulation percentage. Woods has only done that on two other occasions in his career – in 2002 and 2008. He won the second major of the season in both instances (with one of them, the 2002 U.S. Open, held at Bethpage).
  1. Rory McIlroy, two-time Wells Fargo champion, will look to continue his torrid success at Quail Hollow. Since 2010, Rory leads all players in the event in scoring average, birdies and eagles per round and greens in regulation.