10 Notes to Know: July 6, 2020

July 6, 2020
Justin Ray
  1. The most discussed player since golf’s return to competition, Bryson DeChambeau, broke through Sunday with a win at the Rocket Mortgage Classic. It is the sixth PGA Tour win for DeChambeau, all in the last four seasons. The only other players with six or more PGA Tour wins in that span are Justin Thomas (11 wins), Dustin Johnson (9) and Brooks Koepka (6).
  1. Bryson led the field in both strokes gained off-the-tee and strokes gained putting. Since data tracking began more than 15 years ago, he is the only player to win a PGA Tour event while leading the field in both of those statistics.
  1. Traditional driving distance accounts for two tee shots per round where a player is most likely to hit driver. DeChambeau’s average for the week in that statistic was 350.6 yards, the largest ever for a winner on the PGA Tour. The old record was 341.5 yards by Tiger Woods at the 2005 Open Championship.
  1. This is the fourth consecutive season with at least one PGA Tour victory for DeChambeau. Only two other players have wins in each of the last four PGA Tour seasons: Thomas and Johnson.
  1. Bryson finished eighth or better in each of the first four PGA Tour events since the season restart. His combined score to par is 69-under, 20 strokes better than anyone else in that span. Viktor Hovland is second, at 49-under.
  1. DeChambeau hit 47 tee shots of 300 or more yards for the week. That is the most tee shots of 300 yards or longer by a winner on the PGA Tour since J.B. Holmes had the same total in a win in Phoenix in 2006.
  1. Matthew Wolff led by three entering the final round but shot a closing 71 and finished three behind DeChambeau. Wolff was looking to become the youngest 2-time winner on the PGA Tour since Woods in 1996.
  1. Wolff made 31 birdies & eagles, most of anyone in the field, but did not win. The last player to make more than 31 birdies/eagles in a 72-hole PGA Tour event and not win the tournament was Paul Gow at the 2001 B.C. Open (made 32).
  1. The PGA Tour now shifts to Ohio, as Muirfield Village Golf Club will host each of the next two tournaments. First is the Workday Charity Open, followed by the area’s traditional event, the Memorial Tournament. Over the last five years, Justin Rose has the best scoring average at Muirfield Village among players with 10 or more rounds in that span.
  1. The European Tour season resumes this week with the Austrian Open, an tournament that will hold dual status along with the Challenge Tour. Past Austrian Open champions include Bernhard Langer, Paul McGinley, Rafa Cabrera-Bello and Bernd Wiesberger.