Ten notes to know: June 3rd, 2019
1. Patrick Cantlay shot a bogey-free 64 to win his second PGA Tour title at the Memorial Tournament. It was the lowest final round score ever by a winner at Jack Nicklaus’ event, fueled by 5.14 strokes gained tee-to-green on Sunday, most of any player in the field.
2. Cantlay ranked 7th in the field for the week in strokes gained putting. The performance was a microcosm of the improvement Patrick has seen with that facet of his game: he’s ranked 29th this season in that statistic – a jump of 124 spots from the 2017-18 campaign.
3. Tiger Woods hit 12 consecutive greens in regulation to begin his final round, recording a score of 7-under-par in the progress. He ran out of steam late, however, and carded a 67. This was Woods’ last round before the U.S. Open, and Tiger appears to be in great form heading to Pebble Beach: the 15-time major champion gained strokes against the field last week off the tee, on approach shots, around the green and putting.
4. Jordan Spieth finished tied for seventh, his third consecutive top-ten finish. This is the first time Spieth has finished in the top-ten in three straight events in 18 months – the last instance came at the 2017 Australian Open (8th), 2017 Hero World Challenge (T-3) and 2018 Tournament of Champions (9th).
5. Jeongeun Lee6 was number one in Charleston, claiming her first major championship at the U.S. Women’s Open. Lee6 was the only player in the field to record four rounds under par for the week.
6. Lee6, just 23 years old, continued a run of youthful champions at the U.S. Women’s Open. Each of the last 13 winners of the championship have been age 30 or younger, the last exception being Annika Sorenstam in 2006 (age 35).
7. In case you haven’t previously heard of the new U.S. Women’s Open champion, Lee6 was the sixth player on the Korean LPGA with the name Jeongeun Lee. She embraced the name – and even encourages people to call her simply, ‘Six.’
8. Lexi Thompson finished tied for second, her sixth top-five finish in a major since winning the 2014 ANA Inspiration. Amazingly, Sunday was the 46th U.S. Women’s Open round of Lexi’s career – she is just 24 years old.
9. Guido Migliozzi won the Belgian Knockout, claiming his second European Tour title of the season. At 22, Migliozzi is just the second Italian player to win multiple times on the European Tour before the age of 25, joining Matteo Manassero – who won his second title at age 17.
10. The PGA Tour shifts north this week for the RBC Canadian Open. Adam Hadwin, Corey Conners and Mackenzie Hughes are among a contingent trying to break a long slide: no player from Canada has won this tournament since Pat Fletcher in 1954.