10 Notes to Know: August 31, 2020

August 31, 2020
Justin Ray
  1. An incredible final round at the BMW Championship concluded with Jon Rahm making a 66-foot putt on the first playoff hole to defeat Dustin Johnson. It was the longest putt Rahm has made on the PGA Tour all season long and just two feet away from being his career-long make. Rahm now has eleven official worldwide wins since 2017, tied with Justin Thomas for most in that span.
  1. This was the first PGA Tour playoff between the current world number one (Johnson) and number two (Rahm) since the 1995 World Series of Golf, when Greg Norman defeated Nick Price. This was the first time the sitting world number one player lost any PGA Tour playoff since Billy Mayfair beat Tiger Woods at the 1998 Nissan Open. The world number one had won ten consecutive playoffs on the PGA Tour in between.
  1. Rahm won despite an opening 75 – the highest first round score by a PGA Tour winner in a non-major since Mark Calcavecchia at the 2007 Valspar Championship. His opening 36-hole total score of 146 was the highest by a PGA Tour winner since the 1999 Open Championship, when Paul Lawrie came from ten shots behind on Sunday to win in a playoff.
  1. Rahm shot 66-64 over his last two rounds, a total score of 130. That was after opening with 75-71 (146). That 16-stroke improvement on the weekend was the largest by any PGA Tour winner since Rory McIlroy improved by 17 strokes (145-128) in the final two rounds at Quail Hollow Club in 2010.
  1. Tiger Woods will not advance to the Tour Championship after finishing tied for 51st. Woods did not make a birdie on a single par five for the week – the first time in his PGA Tour career he has played an entire 72 hole PGA Tour event without a single birdie or eagle on a par five.
  1. Austin Ernst shot a blistering score of 20-under to win the LPGA’s Northwest Arkansas Championship. It was the second LPGA victory for Ernst, who missed only six greens in regulation for the entire tournament. Ernst capitalized on some good momentum from the week before: she finished fifth the previous week at the AIG Women’s Open.
  1. 19-year-old Rasmus Højgaard won the ISPS Handa UK Championship, his second European Tour victory in just 15 career starts. Højgaard is the second teenager in European Tour history to win multiple times, joining Matteo Manassero. He is also just the eighth player from Denmark all-time to win more than once on the European Tour.
  1. Højgaard has not finished worse than sixth in any of his last four European Tour starts, assembling a combined score to par in that span of 61-under. The young Dane ranked second in the field for the week in strokes gained tee-to-green. He finishes as the money leader in the UK Swing, and will play in his first major championship next month at the U.S. Open.
  1. In the first all-English final at The Amateur since 1993, Joe Long defeated Joe Harvey, 4 and 3. Long, the 102nd-ranked amateur in the world entering the week, is the third English champion of The Amateur in the last five years. He trailed for a combined total of just one hole over his quarterfinal, semifinal and final matches.
  1. The PGA Tour shifts to East Lake next for the Tour Championship, the conclusion of the COVID-19-shortened ’19-20 season. This will be the second year of the staggered score-to-par system; points leader Dustin Johnson will begin the tournament at 10-under, while Rahm (second in points) will begin two shots behind.