10 Notes to Know: November 18, 2019

November 18, 2019
Justin Ray
  1. Tommy Fleetwood won the second-to-last event of the European Tour season, taking the Nedbank Golf Challenge in a playoff over Marcus Kinhult. Fleetwood made three eagles in the final round, becoming the first European Tour winner to do that in a final round since hole-by-hole data began 20 years ago.
  1. Fleetwood led the field for the week in strokes gained driving, picking up 1.5 shots per round on the field on his tee shots. He was also first in strokes gained tee-to-green (+12.2 for the week) and fourth in strokes gained approach (+5.2).
  1. This was the first victory worldwide in 2019 for Fleetwood, who has been a model of consistency this year and last. Tommy has not missed a cut anywhere since June of 2018, when he failed to make the weekend at the French Open. That is a span of 41 events for Fleetwood without an MC.
  1. For Kinhult, it was his fourth consecutive top-20 finish and best European Tour result since winning the British Masters back in May. The 23-year-old was looking to become the youngest Swede in European Tour history with a multiple-win season.
  1. On the PGA Tour, Brendon Todd won his second consecutive start, taking the weather-delayed Mayakoba Golf Classic by one shot. Todd is the first player to win in consecutive starts on the PGA Tour since Xander Schauffele did it last season, winning the WGC-HSBC Champions and Sentry Tournament of Champions.
  1. Todd is putting together one of the more remarkable turnarounds in recent golf memory: in 41 starts worldwide from 2016 through 2018, he missed 37 cuts. Now, he is back in the top-100 in the world, an ascent of nearly 2,000 spots from the end of last year.
  1. In his last nine PGA Tour rounds, Brendon Todd has a preposterous scoring average of 65.6. He is 50-under-par in that stretch, which includes a closing 66 at the Houston Open, and his victories in Bermuda and Mexico.
  1. A pair of season-ending events dot the global golf schedule next week: one of them is the LPGA’s CME Group Tour Championship in Florida. Lexi Thompson is the defending champion – the event, which has only existed since 2011, has never seen a player win multiple times.
  1. The season-long Race to Dubai wraps up for the European Tour at the DP World Tour Championship, where Danny Willett is the defending champ. The only player to win the DP Worlds in back-to-back years was Henrik Stenson in 2013 and 2014.
  1. Rory McIlroy will be seeking his third career DP World Tour Championship victory. Since the event began in 2009, Rory is a combined 129-under-par in the event, 30 strokes better than any other player. Francesco Molinari is second, at -99.