10 Notes to Know: November 2, 2020

November 2, 2020
Justin Ray
  1. Brian Gay defeated Wyndham Clark in a playoff to win the Bermuda Championship, his fifth career PGA Tour victory. Gay, age 48, is the oldest player to win a playoff on the PGA Tour since Woody Austin (age 49) at the 2013 Sanderson Farms Championship. Including the playoff, Gay made nine birdies in his last 14 holes on Sunday.
  1. Gay joins 47-year-old Stewart Cink as winners this fall on the PGA Tour. This is the first PGA Tour season with two different winners age 47 or older since 2008, when Kenny Perry and Steve Lowery each found the winner’s circle. Overall, there have only been six players older than Gay (48 years, 10 months, 18 days) to win a PGA Tour event since 1990.
  1. Clark played his first 11 holes on Sunday in 7-under, but couldn’t buy a made putt coming down the stretch. Including the playoff, Clark hit seven of his last eight greens in regulation, but did not make a birdie in that span. The runner-up finish is the best of Clark’s PGA Tour career.
  1. 22 years separated the two playoff participants – the 26-year-old Clark was 2-and-a-half years old when Gay made his first PGA Tour start, the 1996 U.S. Open. Gay was an All-American at the University of Florida in 1993, the year Clark was born.
  1. 64-year-old Fred Funk picked up a slice of PGA Tour history on Friday when he made the cut in Bermuda. Funk became just the fourth player since 1970 to make a PGA Tour cut at age 64 or older, joining Sam Snead, Jack Nicklaus and Tom Watson. Funk, who made his PGA Tour debut in 1982, was making his 650th career start.
  1. Darren Clarke won his first career PGA Tour Champions title, a one-shot victory over Bernhard Langer and Jim Furyk at the TimberTech Championship. Clarke played the back nine at Broken Sound in 8-under-par over the last two rounds combined. Clarke is the sixth first-time winner on the PGA Tour Champions this season and the first since Phil Mickelson in August.
  1. Sunday was the 37th runner-up finish of Langer’s incredible PGA Tour Champions career. Since 2007, Langer has finished either first or second 78 times on the PGA Tour Champions – 50 more than any other player during that span (Fred Couples is second, with 28).
  1. Calllum Shinkwin picked up his first career European Tour title, taking the Aphrodite Hills Cyprus Open in a playoff over Kalle Samooja of Finland. Shinkwin led the field in strokes gained off the tee and strokes gained tee to green in the final round, closing with 63. Shinkwin tied the lowest final round shot by a winner on the European Tour since January.
  1. The European Tour will remain in Cyprus – the 50th different country to host an event since the tour began in 1972 – for this week’s event. The Cyprus Showdown will feature an unique format: a 105-man field will play 36 holes of stroke play, with the top 32 players advancing to the third round. After players’ scores reset, only 16 players will advance to Sunday’s final round shootout.
  1. The PGA Tour shifts to Texas for the Houston Open, the final event before the Masters. The tournament will be held at newly-renovated Memorial Park Golf Course for the first time since 1963. This will be the first U.S. PGA Tour event to have spectators on the golf course since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic.