10 Notes to Know: October 21, 2019

October 20, 2019
Justin Ray
  1. Justin Thomas won the CJ Cup at Nine Bridges, his eleventh career PGA Tour victory. Thomas is the fifth player since World War II with eleven PGA Tour wins including a major before turning 27 years old, joining Jack Nicklaus, Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and Jordan Spieth.
  1. Over the last thirty years, Woods (34 wins) is the only player with more PGA Tour victories than Thomas (11 wins) before turning 27 years old. McIlroy and Spieth are tied with JT on that list.
  1. Thomas now has ten PGA Tour wins over the last four seasons, two more than any other player in that span. Dustin Johnson is second during that stretch with eight victories; Brooks Koepka is third, with six.
  1. Thomas is on fire – he has not finished worse than tied for 12th in any worldwide start since June. During that span, he has a scoring average of 68.06 and a cumulative score to par of 98-under.
  1. Thomas has had immense success far from home: this was his sixth PGA Tour win outside the continental United States. That is tied with Dustin Johnson for most such victories since the beginning of 2010.
  1. While JT led the field in birdies with 27, Jordan Spieth was second, with 25. It was the most birdies Spieth has made in any PGA Tour event since the 2017 Sentry Tournament of Champions (26) – nearly three years ago.
  1. Nicolas Colsaerts shot a closing 72 but hung on to win the Amundi Open de France, his first European Tour victory in more than seven years. Colsaerts is the first Belgian player to win the French Open since Flory Van Donck in 1958.
  1. Colsaerts surprised many with his win, based on recent form: he had just one top-five finish in his previous 55 worldwide starts entering the week, a tie for third at the Shot Clock Masters in June of 2018.
  1. Danielle Kang won the Buick LPGA Shanghai for the second consecutive year. With Cheyenne Knight winning the previous event – the Volunteers of America Classic – it marks the first time two different American players won back-to-back LPGA events since last October, when Kang won this event and Nelly Korda won in Taiwan.
  1. Kang knows how to celebrate a birthday – her victory comes on the day she turns 27 years old. Danielle is the first player to win an LPGA title on her birthday since Minjee Lee did it on her 22nd birthday last year.