10 Notes to Know: July 13, 2020

July 13, 2020
Justin Ray

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  1. Collin Morikawa defeated Justin Thomas on the third playoff hole to win the Workday Charity Open. Morikawa hit eight approach shots to ten feet or closer on Sunday and led the field in strokes gained approach in the final round.
  1. Morikawa now has more wins (two) than missed cuts (one) on the PGA Tour since turning professional. Morikawa is the first player since Tiger Woods in 1996 to win his second PGA Tour title before missing his second cut as a pro. Woods won a ridiculous 43 times before his second missed cut on the PGA Tour as a pro, the 2005 Byron Nelson.
  1. On the first playoff hole, Justin Thomas drained a 50-foot birdie putt, the longest putt he has made on the PGA Tour this season. Morikawa then poured in a birdie putt from 25 feet to stay alive – his longest made putt of the day.
  1. Jack Nicklaus has said for years that Muirfield Village was a ‘second shot golf course,’ and it couldn’t have been more true this week. Morikawa, Thomas and Viktor Hovland rank first, second and third on the PGA Tour the last two seasons in strokes gained approach. That is exactly the order they finished on the leaderboard this week in Ohio.
  1. Morikawa is projected to move to 13th in the World Ranking, one spot ahead of Woods. One year ago at this time, Morikawa was ranked outside the top-200.
  1. Thomas was seeking his third win of the season and 13th of his PGA Tour career. Had he won, JT would have been the youngest player to reach 13 PGA Tour titles since Woods in 1999.
  1. Hovland finished solo third, coming up just short in his bid for a second PGA Tour title in just 19 starts as a pro. Had Hovland won, he would have earned two PGA Tour wins in the fewest number of pro starts since Carlos Franco did it in 19 starts in 1999. Hovland led the field in strokes gained tee-to-green for the third straight week. He is the first player to lead three consecutive PGA Tour events in that statistic (tracking began in 2004).
  1. On the European Tour, Marc Warren won the Austrian Open, the first event back for the circuit since the coronavirus pandemic began. It was the fourth European Tour title of Warren’s career, and easily the most unique one – he won without using a caddie, carrying his own bag. Warren’s caddie was unable to work the tournament because of a lag in virus testing results.
  1. The PGA Tour will stay at Muirfield Village next week for its traditional event, the Memorial Tournament. This is the first time since 1957 that the PGA Tour will host events on the same course in consecutive weeks.
  1. Tiger Woods will make his return to competition at the Memorial, a tournament he has won five times. Woods has won seven different PGA Tour events five or more times. No other player has done that at more than three different tournaments.