10 Notes to Know: June 22, 2020

June 22, 2020
Justin Ray
  1. Webb Simpson shot a blistering back nine 30 to win the RBC Heritage by one stroke over Abraham Ancer. Simpson ranked second in the field for the week in strokes gained putting. He was 56-for-57 on putts inside seven feet for the tournament.
  1. Scoring was historically low all week at Harbour Town. Simpson set the tournament scoring record at 22-under, and six players finished at -19 or better. From 1969 through 2019, only two players finished the tournament -19 or better – Loren Roberts in 1996 (-19) and Brian Gay in 2009 (-20).
  1. The field at Harbour Town racked up 34 rounds of 65 or lower for the week – nearly doubling the old tournament record of 18 set in 2002. From 1969 through last year, there had never been a single PGA Tour round in this event where the field averaged below 69.0. It happened three times this week.
  1. Ancer put on a ball-striking clinic all week, especially in the final two rounds. Not only did Ancer hit every green in regulation on Sunday, he hit 32 of his last 33 overall. Abraham hit 65 G.I.R. for the week, five more than any other player in the history of this event.
  1. Since 2003, there have been 38 instances where a player led or co-led after 54 holes on the PGA Tour and shot 65 or lower in the final round. 37 of them went on to win the tournament. Abraham Ancer – who shot 65 Sunday – is the only player not to.
  1. Daniel Berger (tied for third) shot in the 60s all four rounds this week, extending his streak of consecutive rounds at par or better to 32. Berger needs six more rounds to tie the second-longest such streak on the PGA Tour the last forty years: Fred Funk had 38 rounds in a row at par or better from 2001-02. Tiger Woods holds the record with 52 straight.
  1. Brooks Koepka shot a closing 65, his lowest round on the PGA Tour since Sunday at last year’s WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational, which he won. Brooks led the field at Harbour Town in strokes gained off the tee.
  1. Joaquin Niemann held a share of the lead at one point in the final round. With a win, Niemann would have become the youngest (21 years, 7 months, 15 days) to win twice on the PGA Tour since Sergio Garcia in 2001. Funny enough, Garcia finished at 19-under for the week, tied with Joaquin.
  1. Tyrrell Hatton won the last PGA Tour event completed before the hiatus, the Arnold Palmer Invitational. He nearly won at Harbour Town in his first start since then. The last player to get his first two PGA Tour wins in consecutive starts was Camilo Villegas in 2008.
  1. TPC River Highlands will welcome the strongest field in Travelers Championship history next week in Connecticut. Each of the top-six in the World Ranking will be there – the event has never previously had even the top-two in the OWGR compete.