10 Notes to Know: February 10, 2020

February 10, 2020
Justin Ray
  1. Nick Taylor capped off a career week, winning the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am in wire-to-wire fashion (leading outright after all four rounds). Taylor is the first Canadian in the modern era of the PGA Tour to win a tournament wire-to-wire with no ties.
  1. It was the second career PGA Tour title for Taylor, who joined some elite company in his home country. Taylor became just the third Canadian player in the last thirty years to win multiple times on the PGA Tour, joining Stephen Ames and Mike Weir.
  1. Taylor held off Phil Mickelson, who was looking for his record sixth AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am title. Phil finished in third place, the 108th top-three finish of his PGA Tour career. Over the last forty years, only Tiger Woods has more (132).
  1. Jason Day finished alone in fourth place, his best result worldwide since his last win, the 2018 Wells Fargo Championship. Day is a combined 88-under-par in the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am since 2013, best of any player during that span.
  1. Past champ at Pebble Jordan Spieth closed with 67, his best score to par (5-under) in the final round of a PGA Tour event since the 2018 Masters – 673 days ago. Spieth gained 6.35 strokes tee-to-green on Sunday, the third-highest recorded round of his career.
  1. Min Woo Lee shot a final round 68 to claim his first European Tour title at the ISPS Handa Vic Open. Lee, age 21, became the youngest Australian winner on the European Tour since Aaron Baddeley won when he was 19 back in 2001.
  1. Lee put on a ball-striking show, leading the Vic Open field in strokes gained off the tee and ranking 2nd in strokes gained tee-to-green. He led the field in both par 4 scoring (-11) and par 5 scoring (-10) en route to victory.
  1. Hee Young Park won the women’s side of the Vic Open, a unique event in which men and women competed in separate events simultaneously at the same venue. Park won on the fourth playoff hole, picking up her first LPGA victory in more than six years.
  1. The PGA Tour shifts to southern California next week, as an elite field competes at the Genesis Invitational. Tournament host Tiger Woods has played this event 13 times and never won – his most starts in any single PGA Tour event without at least one victory.
  1. Rory McIlroy will be in the Genesis field as well after reclaiming the world number one ranking on Sunday evening. This is Rory’s first week at number one since September 2015, and his 96th week in the top spot. He is now one week shy of Nick Faldo’s mark of most weeks at number one by a European player (97) since the Ranking began in 1986.