10 Notes to Know: March 23, 2020

March 23, 2020
Justin Ray

The world of professional golf may be at a standstill at the moment, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t interesting pieces of information to help kick-start your week. ’10 Notes to Know’ will continue every Monday as scheduled, albeit in a non-traditional format.

  1. On this day (March 23) in 2003, Tiger Woods won the Arnold Palmer Invitational for the fourth consecutive year. Woods became the first player to win a PGA Tour event four straight years since Gene Sarazen did it at the Miami Open from 1927 to 1930.
  1. Six years earlier (March 23, 1997), Phil Mickelson won at Bay Hill, his tenth career PGA Tour victory at just 26 years old. At the time, Mickelson was the youngest player to reach double-digit PGA Tour wins since Jack Nicklaus did it at 24 years old in 1964.
  1. On that same day in 1997, Laura Davies won for the 16th time on the LPGA Tour, claiming the Standard Register PING in a playoff over American Kelly Robbins. Davies’ 20 LPGA wins are the most all-time by an Englishwoman, and her 45 Ladies European Tour wins are 24 more than any other player in history.
  1. On this day in 1986, Calvin Peete won the USF&G Classic (now known as the Zurich Classic of New Orleans), his 12th and final PGA Tour title. Peete led the PGA Tour in driving accuracy for ten consecutive seasons from 1981 to 1990 – and in nine of those seasons averaged higher than 80 percent fairways hit.
  1. Friday, March 27, will mark the anniversary of the only time The Masters finished in a month other than April. Then called the Augusta National Invitation Tournament, the inaugural edition of the event completed on March 27, 1934. Horton Smith would win by one stroke over Craig Wood.
  1. Smith would go on to win it for the second time two years later, in 1936. Smith is credited with 14 PGA Tour victories before age 22, a record that still stands today.
  1. This week would have been the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play, held in Austin, Texas. Tiger Woods holds the tournament records for most matches won (36), most consecutive matches won (13, from 2003-2005) and tournament victories (three).
  1. One record Woods does not hold is the mark for best career match win percentage. Among players with at least ten matches played, Geoff Ogilvy holds the record, at .800.
  1. Kevin Kisner will have to wait until next year to defend his 2019 title at Austin Country Club – over the last two years in the event, Kisner has a match record of 11 wins, 2 losses and one halved match.
  1. Annika Sorenstam stat of the week: there are five instances in LPGA history of a player winning the same event five or more times. Annika has two of them (Mizuno Classic, Samsung World Championship).