10 Notes to Know: February 8, 2021

February 8, 2021
Justin Ray
  1. Brooks Koepka fired a final round 65 to win the Waste Management Phoenix Open, his 8th PGA Tour title. Koepka now has as many non-major PGA Tour victories (4) as major championship wins (4). Koepka gained 4.93 strokes on the field tee-to-green in the final round, most of any player.
  1. Koepka made two eagles Sunday, becoming the first player to ever win at TPC Scottsdale making multiple eagles in the final round. He is just the fourth player in the last 10 years to make two eagles in the final round of a PGA Tour win, joining Davis Love III (2015 Wyndham Championship), Jon Rahm (2017 Farmers Insurance Open) and Xander Schauffele (2019 Sentry Tournament of Champions).
  1. Speaking of Schauffele – he now is 0-for-4 in his PGA Tour career closing out 54-hole leads after a Sunday 71 left him in a tie for second place. Xander now has 10 runner-up finishes on the PGA Tour, most of any player since 2017. Schauffele finished the week with an average of 321.9 yards off the tee on all drives, his highest ever average in a single tournament. Schauffele co-led after three rounds with Jordan Spieth, who made a career-high 10 birdies on Saturday to vault himself into contention before ultimately finishing tied for 4th.
  1. U.S. Ryder Cup captain Steve Stricker turned back the clock, finishing tied for fourth, his best PGA Tour finish in nearly five years. At 53 years, 11 months, 15 days old, Stricker is the oldest player to finish in the top-five in a PGA Tour event since Tom Watson finished runner-up at the 2009 Open Championship at age 59.
  1. Andrew Putnam went all 72 holes at the Phoenix Open without making a bogey, becoming the first player to ever do that over four rounds at TPC Scottsdale. Putnam, who finished tied for 7th, is the second player this season to not make a single bogey over the course of a 72-hole PGA Tour event. At the Safeway Open last fall, Mark Anderson went bogey-free and finished tied for 36th.
  1. World number one Dustin Johnson cruised to a two-shot victory at the Saudi International, his fourth win in his last eight worldwide starts. Johnson has now won 25 official events in his career. Since 2008, only Rory McIlroy (26 wins) has more titles around the globe.
  1. DJ led the field in strokes gained tee to green, gaining 16.2 for the week. He ranked third in strokes gained off the tee and fourth in strokes gained approach for the tournament. In the three years the Saudi International has been held, Johnson has finished first, second and first – meaning of the 399 other competitors to tee it up those three years, only one player (Graeme McDowell in 2020) has beat DJ.
  1. Tony Finau finished tied for second, his ninth runner-up finish worldwide since 2017. That is the most second place finishes of any player worldwide without a victory in that span. Finau now has 41 top-ten finishes since 2017, but no victories. The only player worldwide with even half as many top-ten finishes without a win in that span is Gunn Charoenkul, with 29.
  1. Justin Rose closed with a bogey-free 65 to finish tied with Finau, two shots behind Johnson. It’s the best finish worldwide for Rose in nearly 13 months – he finished solo second last January at the Singapore Open. Rose gained more than 4.7 strokes tee-to-green in the final round, third-best of any player in the field.
  1. The PGA Tour shifts back to California next for the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am. Phil Mickelson, a 5-time winner of this tournament, is a combined 62-under-par at this event the last five years, best of any player. Canadian Nick Taylor is the defending champion – last year he won by four strokes over Kevin Streelman.