Keeping Score

Keeping score

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Number of Champions Tour victories for American Steve Stricker, in eight starts spanning parts of two seasons, after he won the Cologuard Classic on Sunday at Omni Tucson (Ariz.) National. Stricker, 51, shot 4-under 69 for a 14-under 205 total and two-stroke victory over Scott Dunlap (71), Jerry Kelly (65) and Gene Sauers (70). Stricker, a 12-time winner on the PGA Tour, finished T-31 (Phoenix) and T-26 (Pebble Beach) in consecutive starts last month (scores).

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Number of times that George Coetzee has won the Tshwane Open, which is played at his home course, Pretoria Country Club in Waterkloof, South Africa. Coetzee, 31, shot 4-under 67 for an 18-under 266 total and two-stroke victory, his fourth career title on the European Tour, all in Africa. English rookie Sam Horsfield (67), who was paired with local favorite Coetzee in the final round, placed a career-high second at 16-under 268 (scores).

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Michelle Wie celebrates a birdie at the last hole, resulting in her first LPGA victory in 4 years.

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Michelle Wie celebrates a birdie at the last hole, resulting in her first LPGA victory in 4 years.

Number of career LPGA victories for American Michelle Wie, who sank a 36-foot birdie putt from off the green at the final hole for a one-stroke triumph in the HSBC Women’s World Championship. It was her first title since 2014. Wie, 28, shot a final-round 7-under 65 for a 17-under 271 total at Sentosa Golf Club’s Tanjong Course in Singapore (scores). Four players finished one stroke behind: Americans Danielle Kang (70) and Nelly Korda (71), South Korea’s Jenny Shin (65) and Canada’s Brooke Henderson (67). In three starts this season, Wie has finished 11th or better. She is the third American to win in four events on the LPGA this season, joining Brittany Lincicome (Pure-Silk Bahamas LPGA Classic) and Jessica Korda (Honda LPGA Thailand), Nelly’s older sister.

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Number of career starts that England’s Meghan MacLaren made before winning her first tournament on the Ladies European Tour. MacLaren, 23, shot even-par 71 to complete a 10-under 284 total and win the Women’s New South Wales Open at Coffs Harbour (Australia) Golf Club. American Casey Danielson (66) matched the low round of the day to join Spain’s Silvia Banon (68) and Norway’s Marita Engzelius (71) in second at 8-under 276. MacLaren, who played college golf at Florida International, had her father, European Senior Tour chief executive David MacLaren, on the bag during the final two rounds in Australia (scores).

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Number of PGA Tour career victories for Phil Mickelson, who ended a 4½-year winless streak by defeating fellow American Justin Thomas in a sudden-death playoff in the WGC Mexico Championship. They had tied at 16-under 268 after 72 holes. Thomas surged into a share of the lead when he holed a 119-yard sand wedge for eagle-2 on the 18th hole at Chapultepec Golf Club in Mexico City. The drama capped a 16-under weekend on rounds of 62-64 for the Tour’s reigning player of the year. Mickelson, 47, had not won in his past 96 PGA Tour events, since he claimed the 2013 British Open for his fifth major championship. England’s Tyrrell Hatton (67) and Spain’s Rafael Cabrera-Bello (67) tied for third at 15-under 269 (scores). With the victory, Mickelson jumped 16 spots in the Official World Golf Ranking, to No. 18 (rankings).

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Percentage of respondents to a Morning Read social-media poll who answered “Justin Thomas” to the question: “Over the next decade, who will win more times on the PGA Tour, Justin Thomas or Jordan Spieth?”


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