Ten Notes to Know: May 27, 2019

May 27, 2019
Justin Ray
  1. Kevin Na fired a closing-round 66 Sunday at Colonial Country Club to win the Charles Schwab Challenge by four strokes. It was the largest margin of victory at Colonial since Kenny Perry won by seven shots in 2005. Na torched the field with stellar iron play, leading all players in greens in regulation, strokes gained approach and approach shot proximity to the hole.
  1. In addition to his four-shot win in Texas on Sunday, Na won by five at The Greenbrier last season. Na and Dustin Johnson are the only players with a win by four or more strokes on the PGA Tour both this season and last.
  1. Tony Finau put together another impressive week, finishing runner-up to Na. For Finau, it was his 22nd top-ten finish on the PGA Tour over the last three seasons. That is nine more than any other player without a victory on the PGA Tour in that span – Tommy Fleetwood is second, with 13. Finau birdied 18 to finish alone in second place – the difference in prize money between a solo second and a tie for second was about $150,000.
  1. Jordan Spieth was on a torrid putting pace through three rounds at Colonial, making a field-best 434 feet over the first three days. Sunday wasn’t as magical on the greens, however, as Jordan made only two putts longer than four feet and recorded just one birdie. Despite that disappointment, Spieth finished in the top-ten for the second consecutive event. It’s the first time he has done that since April 2018, when he finished tied for third in Houston, then solo third at Augusta.
  1. Despite not playing this week, Tiger Woods moved up to fifth in the Official World Golf Ranking. This is the first time Woods has been in the top-five since June of 2014. Next week will be the 841st week of Tiger’s career ranked inside the top-five (more than 16 years).
  1. Bernd Wiesberger won in Denmark, collecting the fifth European Tour title of his career. Wiesberger missed seven months of competition last year due to a wrist injury and was making just his 13th start worldwide since returning. En route to victory, Wiesberger ranked in the top-three in the field in strokes gained tee-to-green, strokes gained approach and putts per green in regulation.
  1. Bronte Law won the Pure Silk Championship, her first career LPGA victory. Earlier this month (in her previous start, no less) Law came from ten shots back in the final round to force a playoff at the LPGA Mediheal Championship, before ultimately finishing runner-up. The Englishwoman led GB&I to Curtis Cup victories in both 2012 and 2016.
  1. The U.S. Women’s Open begins Thursday in Charleston, South Carolina. Defending champion Ariya Jutanugarn will try to become the first woman to win the championship in back-to-back years since Karrie Webb in 2000 and 2001. Each of the last twelve U.S. Women’s Open champions were age 30 or younger – the last player older than 30 to win was Annika Sorenstam at age 35 in 2006.
  1. The state of South Carolina is hosting its first women’s major since the 1977 LPGA Championship, won by Chako Higuchi of Japan. It will be the second U.S. Women’s Open ever played in The Palmetto State – the other was in 1962 at Dunes Golf and Beach Club.
  1. Jack Nicklaus hosts this week’s PGA Tour stop, the Memorial Tournament. Rory McIlroy is among the headliners in a star-studded field: McIlroy’s 4.81 birdies per round in his career at the Memorial is second since 1990 among players with at least twenty rounds (David Lingmerth is first at 4.88).