Ten Notes to Know: September 16, 2019

September 16, 2019
Justin Ray
  1. Suzann Pettersen executed one of the most memorable goodbyes in golf history – clinching the Solheim Cup with a winning seven-foot birdie putt, then immediately announcing her retirement from competition. Pettersen, a 22-time winner worldwide, claimed two major championship victories in her career.
  1. Both Celine Boutier and Georgia Hall each finished with match records of 4-0-0 for the week. It was the first time in Solheim Cup history that one team had multiple players win four matches and not lose any that week.
  1. Sergio Garcia won the KLM Open to claim his 16th career European Tour title. Sergio gained more than 14 strokes on the field tee-to-green for the week, best of any player in the field.
  1. Garcia who was making his first career start in the KLM Open, has now won in 17 different countries in his professional career. Sergio has now won at least once around the world every year since 2011.
  1. Joaquin Niemann won at The Greenbrier to earn his first career PGA Tour victory. At 20 years, 10 months and 9 days old, Niemann is the youngest player born outside the United States to win on the PGA Tour in 96 years (Harry Cooper at the 1923 Galveston Open).
  1. Niemann is the first player from Chile ever to win on the PGA Tour, and the youngest player from South America to ever win a PGA Tour title. His six-shot margin of victory made him the first player age 20 or younger to win a PGA Tour event by five strokes or more since Ralph Guldahl 87 years ago.
  1. Niemann is just the third player born outside the United States to win on the PGA Tour before age 21 since World War II. The others on that list: Seve Ballesteros and Rory McIlroy.
  1. Niemann, who ranked 141st on the Tour last season in strokes gained putting, led the field in that statistic en route to victory at The Greenbrier. Joaquin made five putts of 20 feet or longer on the week – he made just 28 such putts all of last season combined.
  1. Viktor Hovland shot in the 60s in all four rounds this week at The Greenbrier, running his streak to 17 consecutive rounds below 70. Since the PGA Tour started tracking round-by-round data in 1983, that ties the longest streak of rounds in the 60s – Bob Estes had a run of 17 in a row back in 2001.
  1. The BMW PGA Championship begins Thursday at Wentworth, headlined by Rory McIlroy. Since Rory’s disastrous opening round at The Open Championship, he has played 21 official rounds worldwide. His scoring average in those rounds is 67.4, and he has a combined score to par of -67.