10 Notes to Know: October 14, 2019

October 14, 2019
Justin Ray
  1. Bernd Wiesberger shot a final round 65 to win the Italian Open by 1 stroke. Wiesberger is the first player to win three times this season on the European Tour – he won in Denmark in May and won the Scottish Open in July.
  1. Wiesberger has now won seven times on the European Tour, all since the beginning of 2012. In that span, only four players have more European Tour titles: Rory McIlroy (10), Justin Rose (8), Braden Grace (8) and Dustin Johnson (8).
  1. Wiesberger was limited to 11 worldwide starts in 2018 while recovering from a wrist injury. In turn, his World Ranking was as low as 389th as recently as May. Now, Bernd is 22nd – an ascension of 367 spots in just 141 days.
  1. Bernd is just the third player to win the Italian Open and Scottish Open in the same year. The others are Craig Parry in 1991 and David Feherty in 1986.
  1. Matthew Fitzpatrick finished one shot back, recording his fourth runner-up finish worldwide in 2019. If Fitzpatrick would have won Sunday, he would have become the youngest Englishman in European Tour history to reach six victories. Matthew ranked second in the field in greens in regulation and 7th in strokes gained putting for the week.
  1. American Kurt Kitiyama finished alone in third place. The last American to record a better finish than Kitiyama did at the Italian Open was John Daly, who finished tied for second in 2009. Billy Casper in 1975 is the only American to win the Italian Open all-time.
  1. Lanto Griffin closed with 69 to win the Houston Open by 1 stroke, his first career PGA Tour title. Griffin, who turned pro in 2010, climbed the professional ladder to reach this point, winning on the PGA Tour LatinoAmerica and twice on the Korn Ferry Tour before last week’s breakthrough.
  1. Griffin ranked 7th in both strokes gained tee-to-green and strokes gained putting en route to victory in Houston. Over the last 15 seasons, only 23% of PGA Tour winners ranked 7th or better in both of those statistics.
  1. Scott Harrington, a 38-year-old PGA Tour rookie, finished tied for second at the Houston Open – good for a payday of $667,500. In 195 career starts on the Korn Ferry Tour from 2004-2019, he earned $787,464. Harrington led the field in strokes gained tee-to-green, averaging more than 3.27 per round.
  1. World number one Brooks Koepka will be in the field next week at the CJ Cup at Nine Bridges, defending his title. Other notables in the field include Justin Thomas, Jordan Spieth and Viktor Hovland. Meanwhile, the European Tour shifts to the Amundi Open de France, where Alex Noren defends his crown.