Number of practice rounds played Tuesday at Shoal Creek (Ala.) Club, site of this week’s U.S. Women’s Open. Subtropical Storm Alberto rolled northward from the Gulf of Mexico through Alabama with heavy rainfall and high winds. The course was expected to be ready today for practice before play begins Thursday (tee times).
Number of the top 10 in the Official World Golf Ranking, led by No. 1 Dustin Johnson, who are expected to play in the PGA Tour’s Memorial Tournament at Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio (tee times).
Number of NCAA titles between the finalists in today’s NCAA Division I men’s match-play championship at Karsten Creek Golf Club in Stillwater, Okla. Host Oklahoma State owns 10 NCAA crowns, with the most recent one in 2006; Alabama has won twice, in 2013 and ’14. In Tuesday’s quarterfinal and semifinal rounds, Oklahoma State defeated Texas A&M and Auburn, respectively, and Alabama beat Texas Tech and Duke (Tuesday’s results and today’s pairings).
Percentage decline in rounds played in April, compared with the same month last year, according to Golf Datatech’s National Golf Rounds Played Report. The sharpest drop was in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions, where colder weather was a factor, according to the report. The Mountain and Western states recorded modest gains in play. For the first four months of the year, rounds played in the U.S. are down 8.9 percent compared with the same period in 2017.