10 Notes to Know: February 17, 2020

February 17, 2020
Justin Ray
  1. In his first competitive event of 2020, Adam Scott won the Genesis Invitational. It was the second time in Scott’s career he’s won in his first start of a given year – the other instance was back in 2001 at the Alfred Dunhill Championship.
  1. This was the third time in six weeks that an Australian player won on the PGA Tour. There were only three wins by Aussies in the previous two seasons on the PGA Tour combined. This is the first time there have been three wins by Australian players in a six-week span on the PGA Tour since 2016, when Scott and Jason Day won four times in a six-event span.
  1. Scott led the field in greens in regulation at Riviera, hitting 72.2%. High achievement in this statistic is a regular thing for Scott: in his last 12 PGA Tour starts, Adam has ranked in the top-five in greens hit seven times.
  1. It was a disappointing final round for Rory McIlroy, who began the day tied for the lead but finished tied for fifth after a closing 73. It was the worst final round score for Rory when holding the 54-hole lead since 2016 at Doral, when he shot 74. In 22 worldwide career final rounds in which he has held a 54-hole lead or co-lead, he has shot 73 or higher just five times.
  1. Tiger Woods will have to wait another year to break through at Riviera – 2020 marked his 14th career start in the Genesis Open, his most in any single PGA Tour event without a win. Woods had a miserable weekend and finished alone in last place among players to make the cut. It’s just the second time in his PGA Tour career he’s done that in a 72-hole event with a cut – it also happened at the 2015 Memorial.
  1. The 10th hole at Riviera proved to be intriguing all week yet again: despite nearly 80 percent of players going for the green throughout the week, only seven players hit it with their tee shots for the entire tournament. That included the field going 0-for-53 in the final round!
  1. Inbee Park won the Women’s Australian Open for her 20th career LPGA title. Park is just the 28th player in the history of that tour to accumulate 20 or more victories. She is the second South Korean player to reach the milestone, joining the legendary Se Ri Pak.
  1. Inbee is currently the youngest member of the LPGA 20-win club; at 31 she is 12 years the junior of the next-youngest, Cristie Kerr. That isn’t even close to the record for youngest player to win 20 times in LPGA history, though: the amazing Nancy Lopez reached 20 wins at age 23.
  1. Scott Parel shot a closing 63 to win on the PGA Tour Champions, his third career win on the over-50 circuit. Parel’s golf career is a testament to not giving up: after making just 5 career PGA Tour starts, he has now won more than $5 million on the PGA Tour Champions.
  1. Next week marks the first World Golf Championship event of the year, as all eyes will be on Mexico City. Rory McIlroy is exactly 100-under-par in WGCs over the last five seasons, best of any player in that span. Dustin Johnson (-99) is the only player within 30 shots of Rory in that statistic.