Ten Notes To Know: July 29th, 2019
- Brooks Koepka lit up TPC Southwind on Sunday to claim his first career World Golf Championship title. Even with the victory, Koepka still has more wins in major championships (four) than in non-major PGA Tour events (three).
- Koepka began the day one shot behind Rory McIlroy, as the duo were paired together in a final round for the first time in their PGA Tour careers. Over the first ten holes Sunday, Brooks made 60 feet of putts, while McIlroy made just 24. As they walked to the 11th tee, Brooks led Rory by three shots.
- Koepka led the field in both strokes gained putting and scrambling for the week, the first time he has done that in an event in his PGA Tour career. Koepka is the first winner on the PGA Tour this season to lead the field in both of those statistics. Brooks successfully converted each of his last 19 scrambling attempts for the week and did not miss a putt between four and eight feet for the entire tournament (14-for-14).
- A day after leading the field in strokes gained putting, McIlroy ranked 53rd of 63 players in the field in that statistic on Sunday. Rory made just one birdie in the final round, and made 60 feet of putts on the day – less than half of his round three total (126 feet).
- Tommy Fleetwood finished tied for fourth, his 15th top-ten finish on the PGA Tour over the last three seasons. Only Tony Finau (23) has more top-ten finishes than Tommy does without a win in that span.
- Jin Young Ko claimed her second major title of the season at the Evian Championship. Ko, age 24, is just the sixth player in the last forty years to win multiple women’s majors in a season before age 25. She’s the first to do it since Inbee Park in 2013, who was also 24 at the time.
- Bernhard Langer won his eleventh career senior major championship, extending the record he already held. Gary Player is second all-time with nine senior majors won. Langer became the first player in history to win the Senior Open four times.
- Langer is a combined 310-under-par in senior majors since the beginning of 2010, a ridiculous 157 shots better than any other player in that span. Sunday was his 57th round of 67 or lower in the senior majors this decade – that is more than twice as many such rounds as anyone else since 2010 (Kenny Perry is second, with 28).
- At 61 years, 11 months, 2 days old, Langer became the oldest champion in senior major history. There have only been five winners in PGA Tour Champions history older than Bernhard is today – that record is held by Scott Hoch, who won earlier this season at age 63.
- Collin Morikawa won the PGA Tour’s Barracuda Championship in just his sixth start as a professional. Morikawa is just the fifth player to be the world’s number one amateur and win on the PGA Tour before turning 23, joining McIlroy, Jordan Spieth, Hideki Matsuyama and Jon Rahm. The World Amateur Golf Ranking began in 2007.
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