10 Notes to Know: September 8, 2020

September 8, 2020
Justin Ray
  1. Dustin Johnson won the Tour Championship, FedExCup and accompanying $15 million first place prize on a Labor Day Monday finish at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta. It’s the sixth FedExCup playoff event DJ has won in his career, most of any player all-time. Johnson ranked third in the field for the week in strokes gained tee to green and fourth in strokes gained around the green.
  1. Johnson held the 54-hole lead in his fourth consecutive PGA Tour start, the first player to do that since Tiger Woods in 1999. With the victory in Atlanta, Johnson now has 23 in his career, two more than any other player since his rookie season of 2008. Woods has the second-most in that span, with 21.
  1. Johnson finished either first or second in all three Playoff events in 2020, the first player to finish first or second in three or more Playoff events in a single year since Henrik Stenson in 2015. DJ was a combined 45-under-par in the FedExCup Playoffs (real score; not counting the ‘starting strokes’), 16 strokes better than any other player.
  1. This is the fourth time Johnson has won three or more times in a PGA Tour season. Since 1990, only three other players have had at least four seasons with three or more wins – Woods (13), Phil Mickelson (5) and Vijay Singh (4).
  1. Xander Schauffele had the best 72-hole total score in the field (15-under), but finished runner-up in the staggered FedExCup bonus format. Schauffele has now shot par or better in all 16 of his career rounds in the Tour Championship. Since the FedExCup began in 2007, no other player has more than four rounds played at East Lake without shooting over par at least once.
  1. Webb Simpson finished the 2019-20 PGA Tour season as the leader in scoring average. Simpson wins the title despite ranking 107th on the PGA Tour on the season in driving distance. Since 1990, only one player has won the season scoring race with a lower driving distance rank – Luke Donald in 2011, at 147th.
  1. Scottie Scheffler finished fifth in the FedExCup, winning a $2.5 million bonus prize. Scheffler played the last 21 holes of the tournament bogey-free, making eight birdies and vaulting up the leaderboard. Scheffler’s performance over the closing 36 holes moved his bonus payout up more than $2 million.
  1. On the European Tour, American John Catlin held off Martin Kaymer by one stroke to win the Andalucia Masters at Valderrama. Catlin won with a score of 2-over, the highest score to par to win a non-major event on the European Tour since the 1992 Volvo Masters – also held at Valderrama. That week, Sandy Lyle defeated Colin Montgomerie in a playoff after posting 3-over.
  1. Catlin is the first American to win a European Tour event held in Spain since Tiger Woods won the 1999 WGC Championship at Valderrama. In addition to Catlin’s win, American Tyler Koivisto won on the Challenge Tour – the first time since 1997 that American players won on the European Tour and Challenge Tour in the same week.
  1. This week, the LPGA plays the ANA Inspiration, the second women’s major championship of the year. Current world number one player Jin Young Ko won by three strokes in 2019. The PGA Tour begins the 2020-2021 season this week in California at the Safeway Open, with one week remaining before the U.S. Open at Winged Foot.