10 notes to know: April 20th 2020

April 20, 2020
Ben Wackett

Even though the world of professional golf is on hiatus, 15th Club still wants to provide you with interesting pieces of golf information to get your week started. Cheers to a productive and positive week, wherever you are:

1. Tiger is three professional major wins behind Jack Nicklaus, but he is oceans behind the Golden Bear in one statistic: Jack has 56 top-five finishes in majors, 23 more than Woods, who has 33. Sam Snead is third all-time, with 30.

2. When the PGA Tour season was suspended, Louis Oosthuizen led all players in strokes gained putting, at 1.36 per round. Over the last three PGA Tour seasons, Denny McCarthy is the best putter on tour (minimum 100 rounds), averaging 0.87 strokes gained per round.

3. On April 22, 2018, Moriya Jutanugarn joined her sister Ariya in the LPGA winner’s circle, taking the Los Angeles Open. They became the second set of sisters to win in LPGA history, joining Annika and Charlotta Sorenstam. The Korda sisters would join the club later that year.

4. When play resumes worldwide, there’s no player more overdue for a win than Tony Finau. Over the last four PGA Tour seasons, Finau has 28 top-ten finishes, 12 more than any other player without a win in that span. Only four players overall have more top-ten finishes on the PGA Tour in that span than Tony does.

5. On April 26, 2004, Vijay Singh won the Houston Open, his second of nine PGA Tour titles that season. Vijay and Tiger Woods are the only players to win nine or more times in a single PGA Tour season since 1950.

6. Strokes gained approach has been tracked by the PGA Tour since 2004. In that time, there are three instances where a player has averaged 1.5 strokes per round or more. All three belong to Tiger Woods (2006, 2007, 2013).

7. On the original PGA Tour schedule, this week would have featured the Zurich Classic of New Orleans. When the Zurich switched to a team format in 2017, it became the first official team event on the PGA Tour since the 1981 Disney Classic.

8. New Orleans was the site of one of the most remarkable achievements in modern PGA Tour history: in 1974, Lee Trevino won the New Orleans Open without making a single bogey. No player did that again in a stroke play, 72-hole event until JT Poston at the Wyndham Championship 45 years later.

9. Since the beginning of 2016, Brooks Koepka is a combined 70 strokes under par in major championships. The only player within fifty strokes of him in that span is Jordan Spieth, at 25-under.

10. The youthful success of Lydia Ko is something to admire. In LPGA history, there are eight instances of a player winning a tournament before age 18. Six of them belong to Ko.