Ten Notes to Know: August 5th, 2019
- The biggest story in golf last week was Hinako Shibuno, who won the Women’s British Open in her first competitive event outside of her native Japan. The 20-year-old became the second player – man or woman – from Japan to win a major championship, joining Chako Higuchi, winner of the 1977 Women’s PGA Championship.
- Not only was this the first major start for Hinako, it was also her first ever LPGA event. Shibuno torched the back nine, carding a five-under-par 31 to hold off Lizette Salas by one stroke.
- The win by Hinako was the 15th by a player under the age of 21 in LPGA history. That is a sharp contrast to the men’s game, where the last major champion age 20 or younger was Tom Creavy at the 1931 PGA Championship.
- J.T. Poston won the Wyndham Championship in spectacular fashion, not making a single bogey or worse the entire tournament. Poston is the first player to win an individual 72-hole PGA Tour event without making a bogey since Lee Trevino in 1974 at New Orleans.
- Poston didn’t leave himself too many knee-knocking par saves throughout the week. His longest par save of the tournament was just eight feet, which he made on the 15th hole Saturday after hitting his tee shot into the water. Poston only had five par saving putts the entire week of five feet or longer.
- Though Poston is the first winner without a bogey since Trevino, he’s the second player on the PGA Tour this season to not drop a single shot in a 72-hole event – Scott Piercy did it earlier this season at the AT&T Byron Nelson, but finished tied for second place that week.
- Poston entered the week ranked 94th in bogey avoidance this season on the PGA Tour and 111th in bogey average. Entering the Wyndham Championship, he had just eight bogey-free rounds this season. Poston’s closing 62 is the lowest final round score by a winner of this event since Davis Love III in 1992.
- Webb Simpson continued his amazing run at this event, finishing alone in second place, just one shot behind Poston. Simpson is now a combined 138 strokes under par at this tournament since 2010, 47 shots better than any other player. Bill Haas is second in that span at 91-under.
- Former top ranked amateur in the world Viktor Hovland finished in fourth place, shooting scores of 66 or lower in all four rounds. Hovland has recorded 16 straight rounds under par on the PGA Tour, posting a scoring average of 67.1 during that stretch. In just five starts as a pro, he has nine rounds of 67 or better.
- Two players made the jump from outside the top-125 into the Playoff mix this week: Patton Kizzire and Andrew Landry. The two players bounced from the Playoffs were Robert Streb (missed cut) and Alex Noren (tied for 60th). The FedExCup Playoffs – now three events instead of four – begin next week at The Northern Trust at Liberty National in New Jersey.
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