Ten Notes to Know: July 8, 2019
- Matthew Wolff eagled the 72nd hole at the inaugural 3M Championship to win by one stroke. At 20 years, 2 months, 24 days old, Wolff is the seventh player in the last eighty years to win on the PGA Tour before age 21. Each of the previous six went on to win at least three major championships: Tiger Woods, Seve Ballesteros, Phil Mickelson, Raymond Floyd, Rory McIlroy and Jordan Spieth.
- Wolff won the NCAA Division I individual championship earlier this season. With his win Sunday, he became the first player to win that championship and a PGA Tour event in the same year since Tiger Woods in 1996.
- Wolff won in just his fourth career start on the PGA Tour. The last player to earn his first career victory in four or fewer PGA Tour starts was Russell Henley, who won the 2013 Sony Open in just his third career PGA Tour event (and his first as a pro).
- Wolff’s eagle on the final hole came on a holed shot from just off the green. The last player to earn his first PGA Tour title by holing out for eagle from off the green was Jon Rahm, who did so when he won the 2017 Farmers Insurance Open.
- Speaking of Rahm, the Spaniard shot a blistering Sunday 62 to win the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open. It was the fourth European Tour title for Rahm in just 34 career starts – third-fastest all-time, behind only Peter Oosterhuis and Tony Jacklin.
- Rahm claimed his second Irish Open title, becoming the first to win the prestigious championship for a second time since Colin Montgomerie did it in 1997. Rahm joined Ballesteros as the only players from Spain to win the Irish Open multiple times.
- Rahm’s 62 Sunday was the lowest round of his European Tour career, beating his previous low score by two strokes. For the week, Rahm was second in the field in strokes gained driving and tenth in strokes gained putting.
- Shanshan Feng went super-low at the Thornberry Creek LPGA Classic, shooting 29-under – the second-lowest score to par in an event in LPGA history. Only Sei Young Kim, who shot 31-under at this event last year, has ever gone lower.
- Ariya Jutanugarn shot 28-under, but finished runner-up. It’s the lowest 72-hole score to par in LPGA history by a player who did not win the tournament. Ariya made bogey on the 15th hole on Sunday – a par 5.
- The European Tour shifts to the Scottish Open this week, with The Open Championship just around the corner. The Scottish has been held the week before The Open since 1987 – in that time, the only player to win the two tournaments in succession is Phil Mickelson in 2013.
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