American posts 11th victory on Tour before age 27, a feat that only Tiger Woods and Jack Nicklaus have matched
2: Number of times that American Justin Thomas has won the 3-year-old CJ Cup at Nine Bridges on Jeju Island, South Korea. Thomas shot 5-under 67 on Sunday to post a 20-under 268 total and two-stroke victory over New Zealand’s Danny Lee (69). It was the 11th PGA Tour victory for Thomas, 26, in his 139th start. Only Tiger Woods (34) and Jack Nicklaus (20) have won more tour titles before turning 27. Thomas, who rose from No. 5 to No. 4 in the Official World Golf Ranking, will turn 27 on April 29. Japan’s Hideki Matsuyama closed with a 65 and tied for third with American Gary Woodland (66) and Australia’s Cameron Smith (69) at 15-under 273. Matsuyama was scheduled to play against Woods, McIlroy and Jason Day today in the Japan Skins made-for-TV event. Norway’s Viktor Hovland, who had posted a Tour-record 19 consecutive rounds in the 60s, saw the streak end with a third-round 74 before he finished T-31 (scores).
7: Number of years since Belgium’s Nicolas Colsaerts, who won the French Open, had won on the European Tour. Colsaerts posted a one-stroke victory, despite a 1-over 72 in the final round at Le Golf National in Guyancourt, France. Denmark’s Joachim Hansen, the only competitor to post four rounds in the 60s, closed with a 68 for second place at 11-under 273. Colsaerts, 36, aka the “Belgian Bomber,” had risen to as high as No. 32 in the world in 2012, after he had won twice in 13 months and earned a captain’s pick onto Europe’s victorious Ryder Cup team at Medinah. He entered the French Open at No. 424 in the Official World Golf Ranking, jumping to No. 196 with the victory (scores).
12: Number of strokes under par that Americans Scott Parel and Tommy Tolles stood after 36 holes, to lead the Champions Tour’s Dominion Energy Charity Classic, which was forced by inclement weather into a Monday finish. Scotland’s Colin Montgomerie held third place at 11 under after two rounds at Country Club of Virginia in Richmond. Season leader Scott McCarron was tied for 12th at 6 under. It is the first of three season-ending playoff events on the 50-and-older (scores).
27: Age of American Danielle Kang, who celebrated her birthday Sunday with a one-stroke victory and successful title defense at the Buick LPGA Shanghai in China. Kang shot 2-under 70 for a 16-under 272 total at Qizhong Garden Golf Club. American Jessica Korda (72) finished runner-up at 15-under 273. The victory was the third of Kang’s career (scores).