10 Notes to Know: October 12, 2020

October 12, 2020
Justin Ray
  1. Sei Young Kim shot a closing 63 to win the KPMG Women’s PGA, the first major championship victory of her career. The 63 tied the lowest final round score by a major champion in women’s golf history – Lydia Ko also shot 63 in the final round of the 2015 Evian Championship.
  1. Kim won by five strokes, the largest margin of victory at the Women’s PGA since Inbee Park won by the same margin at Westchester Country Club five years prior. Fittingly, Park finished runner-up to Kim this week, making this the best major championship finish for Inbee since 2015. Park has now finished in the top-ten in 63% of her major championship starts since 2010.
  1. Tyrrell Hatton shot a final round 67 to win the BMW PGA Championship by four strokes, the largest margin of victory at Wentworth since 2015. Hatton led the field in strokes gained tee-to-green for the week, gaining 14.7 on the field. Nearly half of those strokes – a remarkable 7.31 – came on shots around the green.
  1. Hatton has now won three times in his last 13 worldwide starts, a stretch that dates to his Turkish Airlines Open victory last November. This recent run of form has doubled his career win total: through his first 189 starts worldwide he had just three total victories.
  1. Martin Laird made a 22-foot birdie putt on the second playoff hole to win the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open. Laird was in the field on a sponsor’s exemption – he is the first player to win a PGA Tour event on a sponsor’s invite since Matthew Wolff at last summer’s 3M Open.
  1. Wolff happened to be one of the two men Laird beat in the playoff (Austin Cook) was the other. The 21-year-old was seeking his second PGA Tour victory – if he would have won, Wolff would have been the youngest two-time winner on the PGA Tour since Sergio Garcia in 2001.
  1. Laird is the third player to win the Shriners multiple times, joining Jim Furyk and Kevin Na. Laird won it for the first time eleven years ago – a distant gap between victories, but nowhere close to the PGA Tour record. Sam Snead won the Greensboro Open (now known as the Wyndham Championship) 27 years apart – 1938-1965.
  1. In his first start since winning the U.S. Open last month, Bryson DeChambeau finished tied for eighth. DeChambeau was not nearly as proficient with his iron play this week as he was at Winged Foot, where he led the field in strokes gained approach. Bryson ranked 22nd at TPC Summerlin in that statistic.
  1. TPC Summerlin yielded 74 eagles for the week, the most at this course since the field totaled 95 in 2008. It’s the most eagles made by a field on one course in a single PGA Tour event since the 2019 Barbasol Championship at Keene Trace Golf Club, when there were 114.
  1. The PGA Tour will stay in Las Vegas for another week, as the CJ Cup has been shifted from South Korea for one year due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The host venue will be Shadow Creek – home of the 2018 made-for-TV ‘Tiger vs. Phil’ exhibition match. Each of the top-five players in last week’s World Ranking will be in the field: Dustin Johnson, Rory McIlroy, Jon Rahm, Justin Thomas and Collin Morikawa.