Ten Notes to Know: August 12, 2019
- Patrick Reed closed out his seventh career PGA Tour victory and his first since winning the 2018 Masters. Reed is now one of just four players currently under age 30 with seven or more PGA Tour wins including a major, joining Brooks Koepka, Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas.
- Reed is now 5-for-7 converting 54-hole leads and co-leads on the PGA Tour into victories. Over the last 15 seasons, only three players have had seven or more such leads and converted at a 70 percent rate or better: Tiger Woods, Steve Stricker and Patrick Reed.
- Reed lept into second place in the season-long FedExCup standings, despite this being only his fourth top-ten finish of the season. The accelerated playoff points have Rory McIlroy now in third, despite his Tour-leading 13th top-ten finish on Sunday in New Jersey.
- Abraham Ancer of Mexico finished one shot back, his best career PGA Tour finish. Ancer, a Presidents Cup hopeful, was looking to become the first PGA Tour winner from Mexico in 41 years.
- Harold Varner III rode elite iron play to the best finish of his PGA Tour career, a tie for third. Varner III entered the week ranked 110th this season in strokes gained approach. At Liberty National, he led the field in that statistic.
- After holding the 36-hole lead, Dustin Johnson crumbled on the weekend and finished tied for 24th. Shockingly, it was his performance off the tee that hurt DJ: of the 85 players to make the cut, Johnson ranked 81st in strokes gained off the tee in round three, and 79th in round four.
- Jordan Spieth shot 67 on Sunday, his lowest final round score worldwide in 2019, to finish tied for sixth. Spieth ranked second in the field for the week in strokes gained putting. For the season, Spieth is averaging 0.86 strokes gained on the greens, the best total of his PGA Tour career.
- Mi Jung Hur won the Ladies Scottish Open by four strokes, her third career victory on the LPGA Tour. Hur hit all 13 fairways and missed only three greens in regulation en route to a final round 66.
- Rory McIlroy holds a lead of 0.11 strokes per round over Patrick Cantlay in the PGA Tour season scoring average race with just two events left. Should McIlroy win the season scoring title, he would join Greg Norman as the only players from outside the United States to win it three or more times.
- The top-70 players in the FedExCup standings will move on to next week’s BMW Championship. The last man in was Joaquin Niemann, who shot a final round 66 to move into the last spot. Notable players who did not advance to the BMW include Sergio Garcia, Bubba Watson, Matthew Wolff and Henrik Stenson.
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