10 Notes to Know: July 27, 2020

July 27, 2020
Justin Ray
  1. Michael Thompson earned his second career PGA Tour win and his first in more than seven years at the 3M Open. Thompson led the tournament in strokes gained putting, and fittingly capped off his win with a 15-foot birdie at the last.
  1. Thompson entered the week ranked 160th on the PGA Tour this season in strokes gained approach. In his victory at the 3M Open, he ranked fourth. Thompson hit 60 of 72 greens in regulation for the week, the most in a single event in his PGA Tour career.
  1. Tony Finau was in contention all week but couldn’t break through for his second PGA Tour victory. Finau entered the final round tied for third place, the seventh time Tony has been in the top-three entering the final round of a PGA Tour event since the beginning of last season. Only Rory McIlroy (11 instances) and Justin Thomas (8) have been there more often in that span.
  1. Sunday was the 30th top-ten finish on the PGA Tour for Finau over the last four seasons, by far the most of any player without a victory in that span. Tommy Fleetwood has the second-most, with 16.
  1. Matthew Wolff put together a valiant title defense, but ultimately finished tied for 12th. With a win, Wolff would have been the youngest player to win the same PGA Tour event in back-to-back years since 1912, when Johnny McDermott won his second consecutive U.S. Open.
  1. Adam Long made the cut on the number Friday, then proceeded to shoot 63-64 and post the clubhouse lead before Thompson chased him down. Long was trying to become the first player to win on the PGA Tour after making the cut on the number since Brandt Snedeker did it at the 2016 Farmers Insurance Open. Long missed only four greens in regulation over his last two rounds.
  1. On the European Tour, Italian Renato Paratore won the British Masters by three shots, his second career victory on the circuit. Paratore, who did not make a bogey until his 63rd hole of the tournament, is the first Italian to win the British Masters since 1976.
  1. The LPGA returns Friday with the inaugural Drive On Championship, the tour’s first event in 166 days. Each of the first two events of the LPGA’s resumption of play will take place in Toledo, Ohio – the following week’s Marathon Classic will take place just a few minutes away in Sylvania.
  1. The first major championship of the year is just one week away – in the meantime, the PGA Tour will have a tremendous field this week at the WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational. Last year, Brooks Koepka won at TPC Southwind, leading the field in both scrambling and strokes gained putting.
  1. The PGA Tour will also hold the Barracuda Championship next week, marking the first dual-tournament week on the Tour since the coronavirus pandemic began. Collin Morikawa won the Barracuda last year but will be playing in the WGC in Memphis instead. The European Tour will remain in England for the second event of its ‘UK Swing,’ the Hero Open.