10 Notes to Know: September 23, 2019

September 23, 2019
Justin Ray
  1. Danny Willett fired a final round 67 to win the BMW PGA Championship by three shots over Jon Rahm. With the victory, Willett became just the fourth Englishman to win seven European Tour events including a major championship, joining Sir Nick Faldo, Justin Rose and Tony Jacklin.
  1. Willett putted brilliantly all week at Wentworth, gaining 10.9 strokes against the field on the greens – best in the field. He also took advantage of scoring opportunities better than anyone: Danny was a combined 26-under for the week when he hit the green in regulation (also best in the field).
  1. Finding the fairway was paramount for everyone who had success at Wentworth. The top-10 finishers on the leaderboard for the week were a combined 129-under-par for the tournament when hitting their tee shots in the fairway on par 4’s and par 5’s. When missing the fairway, they were 10-over-par.
  1. Willett is the eighth player to win The Masters and the BMW PGA Championship in his career. The others are Arnold Palmer, Faldo, Seve Ballesteros, Jose Maria Olazabal, Bernhard Langer, Ian Woosnam and Angel Cabrera.
  1. Billy Horschel and Patrick Reed tied for fourth, the best-ever finishes by an American player in a BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth. Before Horschel & Reed, that honor belonged to Rick Hartmann, who tied for fifth in 1987.
  1. Rory McIlroy overcame an opening round 76, worked his way back up the leaderboard and finished tied for ninth. It was the first time in Rory’s professional career he has started a tournament with a round of 76 or worse and still finished in the top-ten.
  1. Rahm’s runner-up finish was his ninth consecutive top-15 finish dating back to the U.S. Open. Rahm has been exceptional in the young history of the European Tour’s Rolex Series, leading all players in strokes gained and birdies per round. In nine starts in the series, he has finished in the top-5 seven times.
  1. Nelly Korda dominated the Lacoste Open de France on the Ladies European Tour, winning by eight shots. It was the first LET victory for an American woman in a non-major since Angel Yin won in Dubai two years ago.
  1. Sebastian Munoz of Colombia won the Sanderson Farms Championship on the PGA Tour, making it back-to-back South American winners on the circuit. Last week, Joaquin Niemann broke through with his first victory at The Greenbrier. It is the first time in PGA Tour history that a player from South America has won in back-to-back weeks on the Tour. The closest precedent was Roberto de Vicenzo, who won twice in a three-week span in 1951.
  1. This is the first time that a PGA Tour season has begun with back-to-back winners from outside the United States since 2008, when Daniel Chopra and K.J. Choi won the two Hawaii events to begin that campaign.