10 Notes to Know: February 24, 2020

February 24, 2020
Justin Ray
  1. Patrick Reed won the WGC-Mexico Championship, his eighth career PGA Tour victory. Only five players have more PGA Tour wins than Reed since the 2013 season began: Dustin Johnson, Justin Thomas, Rory McIlroy, Jason Day and Jordan Spieth.
  1. Reed was a putting savant all week, racking up 45 one-putt greens for the Championship. It was the most one-putts in a week by a tournament winner on the PGA Tour over the last thirty years. Reed led the field for the week in strokes gained putting, gaining more than 11.8 strokes on the field in that stat.
  1. Reed became the sixth different American player to win multiple WGC titles, joining Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Dustin Johnson, Hunter Mahan and Bubba Watson. American players have now won eight of the last nine World Golf Championship events contested.
  1. Reed finished the week with -1.01 strokes gained off the tee. Of the 628 tournaments all-time on the PGA Tour that have tracked that statistic, only twice were there tournament winners with a worse total. Reed never hit more than eight fairways in any round this week.
  1. Bryson DeChambeau was in position to win the tournament but played the final four holes in one-over-par to finish runner-up. Bryson led the field in strokes gained putting for much of the week but ranked 54th of 72 players in the field in that statistic on Sunday.
  1. Justin Thomas entered Sunday with a one-shot lead but recorded a closing 73 to finish tied for sixth. Thomas is now 8-for-12 converting 54-hole leads and co-leads in his PGA Tour career. Two of the four times he did not win, it came at Club de Golf Chapultepec.
  1. Charles Howell III didn’t have a banner week in Mexico City, but he did earn enough to surpass $1 million in official earnings in the 2019-2020 PGA Tour season. Howell has now earned at least $1M in 20 consecutive PGA Tour seasons, joining Phil Mickelson (24 straight) as the only players with streaks of 20 or more years in the history of the Tour.
  1. Viktor Hovland slammed a long birdie putt home on the 72nd hole to win the Puerto Rico Open by one stroke. The 22-year-old former U.S. Amateur champion is the first player from Norway to ever claim victory on the PGA Tour.
  1. Norway is the second different country to claim its first PGA Tour title this season: in the fall, Joaquin Niemann became the first player from Chile to win on the circuit. Hovland overcame a triple-bogey on the 11th hole today – he’s the second winner this PGA Tour season to have a final round triple bogey, joining Kevin Na, who did it in Las Vegas.
  1. The PGA Tour shifts to Florida this week for The Honda Classic, a course that always tests the skills of the world’s best. Last year, PGA National played to an average of 1.02 strokes over par, the second-toughest course on the PGA Tour all season among the non-majors.