Keeping Score

Duncan edges Simpson in playoff for RSM Classic title

3rd-year PGA Tour pro sinks 12-foot birdie putt on 2nd playoff hole

2: Number of playoff holes that Tyler Duncan needed to defeat Webb Simpson and win the PGA Tour’s RSM Classic on Sunday at Sea Island (Ga.) Resort. Duncan rolled in a 12-foot birdie putt on the second extra trip around the par-4 18th at the Seaside Course for his first Tour victory. Duncan birdied three of his last four holes to complete a 5-under 65 and tie Simpson (67) at 19-under 263. Colombia’s Sebastian Munoz (68) finished third at 18-under 264. It was the 11th and final event of the fall portion of the 2019-20 schedule. Duncan, 30, in his third season on Tour, had made three of six cuts this fall, with a high finish of T-18. In 67 previous starts, he posted only three top-10s, with two T-5s as his career-best results before Sea Island. He earned $1.188 million for the victory. Third-round leader Brendon Todd, who had won the past two events on Tour, faded to fourth place with a final-round 2-over 72. He was bidding to become the first player to win three consecutive PGA Tour events since Tiger Woods in 2006. Todd’s score ended a streak of 12 consecutive rounds in the 60s during which he had been 72 under par (scores).

5: Amount, in millions of dollars, that Jon Rahm pocketed by winning the European Tour’s DP World Tour Championship on Sunday in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Rahm shot 4-under 68 at Jumeirah Golf Estates’ Earth Course for a 19-under 269 total to win the tour’s season finale. Rahm won $3 million for the victory, plus $2 million for finishing first in the Race to Dubai season standings. Rahm became only the second Spaniard to win the tour’s season-long title, joining the late Seve Ballesteros. It was the third victory of the season for Rahm, who won the Spanish Open in his previous start and claimed the Irish Open in July. England’s Tommy Fleetwood, who won one week earlier at the Nedbank Golf Challenge in South Africa to surge to No. 2 in the season standings, shot 7-under 65 for an 18-under 270 total to finish runner-up in Dubai and in the season standings. Austria’s Bernd Wiesberger, who had led the Race to Dubai entering the week, never contended in Dubai and tied for 28th, dropping to third in the standings (scores).

25: Distance, in feet, of the birdie putt that South Korea’s Sei Young Kim made on the final hole to win the LPGA's season-ending CME Group Tour Championship in Naples, Fla. Kim, 26, birdied the par-4 18th hole at Tiburon Golf Club for a 2-under 72 and 18-under 270 total and the $1.5 million first prize, the richest in women’s golf. England’s Charley Hull, who birdied five of her final seven holes for a 66, finished one stroke behind, at 17-under 271. Americans Danielle Kang (65) and Nelly Korda (71) tied for third at 16-under 272 (scores). In winning her third victory this season and the 10th of her career, Kim bumped her season earnings to $2,753,099. She became the fourth Korean to hit double digits in career victories, joining Se Ri Pak (25), Inbee Park (19) and Jiyai Shin (11).

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