Keeping Score

Keeping score


Number of appearances in the Hero World Challenge for Jon Rahm, who posted a four-stroke victory Sunday in Nassau, Bahamas. Rahm, 24, of Spain, closed with a 7-under 65 for a 20-under 268 total at Albany Golf Club. American Tony Finau (69) placed second at 16-under 272, followed by England’s Justin Rose (65), an Albany resident and the PGA Tour’s recent season champion, at 15-under 273. Tournament host Tiger Woods, a five-time Hero winner whose eponymous foundation benefits from the event, placed next-to-last in the elite, 18-man gathering. The tournament is an unofficial PGA Tour event that awards world-ranking points. Rahm won $1 million in unofficial money from the $3.5 million purse and improved to No. 6 in the Official World Golf Ranking (scores).


Number of victories on the European Tour for Cameron Smith, with both coming at the Australian PGA Championship, as the Australian successfully defended his title Sunday in Gold Coast, Australia. Smith, 25, shot 2-under 70 at RACV Royal Pines Resort for a 16-under 272 total and two-stroke victory over countryman Marc Leishman (69). The event is co-sanctioned by the PGA Tour of Australasia. Smith earned €160,668 (about $182,200) from the $1.5 million Australian (about $1.103 million) purse (scores).


Number of players via the Latinoamerica Tour’s Order of Merit who graduated to the Tour for the 2019 season. American Michael Buttacavoli shot 5-under 67 on Sunday for an 18-under 270 total to win the season-ending Latinoamerica Tour Championship at Trump National Doral’s Golden Palm Course in Doral, Fla., and place third on the money list. American Harry Higgs, who tied for fourth in the finale, won the money title. Colombians Nicolas Echavarria and Marcelo Rozo and American Austin Smotherman also earned status for next season. The victory, Buttacavoli’s second of the season on the developmental tour, was worth $31,500 from the $175,000 purse (scores).


Percentage decline in U.S. rounds played in October, compared with the same month a year earlier, according to the National Golf Rounds Played Report compiled by Golf Datatech. The decline was similar at public and private facilities: down 10.5 percent at public-access courses and 9.3 percent at private clubs. Declines were reported in all regions of the country except for the Pacific Coast, where lower rainfall totals led to modest gains in rounds played. For all of 2018, rounds played across the U.S. are down 3.9 percent compared with the first 10 months of 2017.


Number of strokes under par for American Kurt Kitayama, who won the Afrasia Bank Mauritius Open for his first victory on the European Tour. Kitayama rode a 4-under start through six holes to a 4-under 68 and 268 total for a two-stroke victory at Four Seasons Golf Club in Beau Champ, Mauritius. India’s Seenappa Chikkarangappa (67) and France’s Matthieu Pavon (67) shared second place at 18-under 270. Kitayama, 25, a 2015 Nevada-Las Vegas graduate and recent qualifier from European Tour Q-School, earned €158,500 (about $179,870) from the €1 million (about $1.135 million) purse (scores).


Gibby Gilbert III

Length, in feet, of the birdie putt that Gibby Gilbert III made on the final hole to win Champions Tour Q-School and earn fully-exempt status for the 2019 season (video). Gilbert, 53, of Hixson, Tenn., shot a final-round 6-under 65 on Friday for a 4-under 280 total and one-stroke victory at TPC Tampa Bay in Lutz, Fla. He called the lengthy putt on the final hole “the best putt of my life.” Skip Kendall (69) and Cliff Kresge (71) shared second place at 3-under 281. Greg Kraft (70) and Stephen Leaney (71) prevailed in a four-for-two playoff after being tied with Craig Bowden (69) and Jim Rutledge (73) for fourth at 2-under 282 to earn the other exempt spots for next season on the 50-and-older tour. The Nos. 6-30 finishers are eligible to compete in qualifiers for 2019 tournaments. Gilbert’s father, Gibby II, won three times on the PGA Tour in the 1970s and then six times on the Champions Tour (scores).

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