Ten Notes to Know: June 24, 2019

June 24, 2019
Justin Ray
  1. 22-year-old Hannah Green won the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship by one stroke to pick up her first career LPGA victory. Green is just the third Australian woman to win a major championship, joining Karrie Webb and Jan Stephenson.
  1. Green did so in wire-to-wire fashion, leading outright after all four rounds. Green is just the third player to win the KPMG Women’s PGA wire-to-wire, joining Se Ri Pak in 1998 and Yani Tseng in 2011.
  1. Sung Hyun Park forged a valiant title defense, finishing runner-up the year after winning. It was the sixth top-three finish in a major championship for Park since the beginning of the 2016 season. Park was the only player in the field to shoot under par in all four rounds.
  1. Chez Reavie led the Travelers Championship by six shots entering the final round, a virtual failsafe lead on the biggest golf tours in the world. Over the last ten seasons, players had won 22 of 25 times entering the final round with a 54-hole lead of six shots or more on the PGA or European Tours. His lead dwindled to one shot on the back nine, but Reavie held on for his second PGA Tour victory.
  1. Reavie led the Travelers Championship field in strokes gained approach for the week (+6.74 strokes). There have been 26 PGA Tour events this season where strokes gained approach has been measured – the winner has ranked in the top-seven in that statistic 17 times – or 65 percent.
  1. Reavie won for the first time since the 2008 RBC Canadian Open, a span of 3,984 days. In that span, 190 different players won on the PGA Tour. Dustin Johnson earned all 20 of his PGA Tour titles during that stretch.
  1. Journeyman Zack Sucher couldn’t hang on to his own big weekend lead, but still had a monumental week in Connecticut, finishing tied for second. The $633,600 he earned this week for his runner-up finish was almost as much as he earned in 79 career starts on the Korn Ferry Tour (formerly Web.com Tour; $679,544).
  1. Andrea Pavan of Italy defeated Matthew Fitzpatrick in a playoff to win the BMW International Open. Pavan is the seventh different player from the seventh different country to win the tournament over the last seven years. It was just the second career European Tour win for Pavan.
  1. Jerry Kelly outlasted Retief Goosen and Steve Stricker in a playoff to win the American Family Insurance Championship on the PGA Tour Champions. For Kelly, it was his fourth PGA Tour Champions victory and his third consecutive season with at least one win.
  1. This week, the PGA Tour shifts back to the state of Michigan for the first time in a decade. The Rocket Mortgage Classic begins Thursday at Detroit Golf Club. This will be the first PGA Tour event held in Michigan since the 2009 Buick Open, won by Tiger Woods.