Ten notes to know: August 19th, 2019

August 19, 2019
Justin Ray
  1. Justin Thomas (25-under) shot the lowest score to par in the 119-year history of the BMW Championship (formerly Western Open) to claim his tenth career PGA Tour victory. JT is the fifth player in the last 75 years to win ten PGA Tour titles, including a major, before age 27 – joining Jack Nicklaus, Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and Jordan Spieth.
  1. Thomas has racked up those ten wins over the last four PGA Tour seasons. Over that span, only Dustin Johnson has won more tournaments, with eleven.
  1. Thomas had seen his lead shrink to just two strokes as he walked to the eleventh tee on Sunday. From that point on, he was incredibly clutch: in his last eight holes, he was four-under, hit seven greens in regulation, hit four approach shots inside 15 feet, and gained 2.02 strokes on the field putting.
  1. Hideki Matsuyama shot 63 on both Friday and Sunday and still finished five shots behind Thomas. Hideki is the second player this season on the PGA Tour to shoot multiple rounds of 63 or lower in the same event and not win. At The RSM Classic, Patrick Rodgers shot 61-62 on the weekend but lost in a playoff to Charles Howell III.
  1. Sungjae Im will be the only PGA Tour rookie in the field at East Lake. This is the ninth instance in the FedExCup era where exactly one rookie has advanced to the Tour Championship. Each of the previous eight times, that player was named Rookie of the Year.
  1. Tiger Woods’ PGA Tour season came to an end, as he did not earn enough points to advance to East Lake to defend his title. Woods finished the season with exactly 70.0 percent greens hit in regulation, his highest percentage in a season since 2008.
  1. Woods and Shane Lowry were eliminated from the postseason Sunday despite winning major championships in 2019. Tiger is the first American player to win a major and not play later that season in the Tour Championship since… Tiger Woods in 2008, when he missed due to injury. Lowry is one of many European players to do it, the last being Danny Willett and Henrik Stenson in 2016.
  1. For a couple of PGA Tour veterans, Sunday was monumental despite not finishing with a victory. Jason Kokrak got into a pair of big events in Georgia by finishing 30th in points: he’ll play in his first Tour Championship next week, and his first Masters Tournament in 2020. In addition, Lucas Glover shot in the 60s all four rounds to get into his first Tour Championship since 2009.
  1. Andy Ogletree won the U.S. Amateur, defeating John Augenstein in the final, 2 and 1. Ogletree becomes the third player from the Georgia Tech men’s golf program to win the U.S. Amateur title, joining Bobby Jones and Matt Kuchar.
  1. Thomas Pieters won the Czech Masters on the European Tour, his fourth career win on that circuit and first since 2016. Pieters led the field in driving distance (318 yards) was second in greens in regulation (83.3%) in the victory. Pieters is now a combined 55-under in the Czech Masters since 2014, 19 strokes better than any other player in that span.

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