10 Notes to Know: October 26, 2020

October 26, 2020
Justin Ray
  1. Patrick Cantlay shot a final round 65 to win the Zozo Championship by one stroke over Justin Thomas and Jon Rahm. Cantlay led the field in scrambling, was third in strokes gained tee-to-green and tenth in strokes gained putting for the week. It was his third career PGA Tour victory.
  1. Cantlay was 16-for-18 scrambling for the tournament – it marked the best up-and-down percentage (88.9%) by a PGA Tour winner with at least 15 attempts since Brooks Koepka went 20-for-22 (90.9%) at last summer’s WGC FedEx St. Jude Invitational. Cantlay ranked a pedestrian 82nd on the PGA Tour in scrambling percentage last season.
  1. Thomas entered the final round with a one stroke lead, but had his worst performance of the week on Sunday in both strokes gained tee-to-green (ranked 48th in the field in the final round) and strokes gained putting (ranked 37th). With a win, Thomas would have been the third-youngest player since World War II to win 14 times on the PGA Tour, bettered by only Tiger Woods and Jack Nicklaus.
  1. A four-foot birdie putt on the last hole by Thomas kept Rahm from reclaiming the world number one ranking. Rahm (T-2), who was number one for four weeks earlier this year, needed a solo second place finish to pass Dustin Johnson. Rahm has finished T-6 or better in five of his last nine worldwide starts.
  1. Sunday was the 38th time Phil Mickelson was grouped with Tiger Woods on the PGA Tour. With that, Mickelson tied Ernie Els for most PGA Tour rounds played with Woods all-time. Mickelson struggled to a 78, his second-worst career score when grouped with Tiger (shot 79 at TPC Sawgrass two years ago).
  1. Woods shot a closing 74, losing 2.4 strokes to the field with his approach play in the final round. Tiger ranked 70th of 77 players in strokes gained tee-to-green, his worst single-week ranking in that stat since the 2015 Memorial Tournament, when he ranked 71st in the field. Woods defends his Masters title next month.
  1. Russell Henley had a big weekend to surge into a T-4 finish. Over his last 36 holes, he made 15 birdies, 0 bogeys and missed only three greens in regulation. His +9.5 strokes gained approach were most of any player in the field over the last two days. Henley now has four top-ten finishes in his last six PGA Tour starts.
  1. Ally McDonald celebrated her 28th birthday by winning the LPGA Drive On Championship, her first career LPGA title. McDonald hit 15 greens in regulation on Sunday, one off the field-high for the final round. McDonald is the fourth first-time winner on the LPGA Tour this season.
  1. Ross McGowan won the Italian Open, his second career European Tour title. McGowan waited more than 11 years to get his second victory – his other came at the 2009 Madrid Masters. The gap of 11 years, 15 days is the ninth-longest gap between wins in European Tour history, and the longest since Anthony Wall’s 2016 Paul Lawrie Match Play win that came a record 16 years after his first tournament victory.
  1. Brendon Todd will defend his Bermuda Championship title next week on the PGA Tour. Two events on that circuit remain – Bermuda and the Houston Open – before the Masters Tournament. The European Tour, meanwhile, will hold its first of two consecutive events in Cyprus.