Percentage decline in rounds played in the U.S. in November compared with November 2017, according to Golf Datatech’s National Rounds Played Report. It was the biggest monthly drop since March 2013. For 2018, 4.7 percent fewer rounds have been played compared with the first 11 months of 2017. Weather played a significant role in the decline, according to the report. Precipitation was up by more than 200 percent in four of the eight regions surveyed, and the average temperature was 4.6 degrees lower compared with November 2017.
Number of strokes under par that American Austen Truslow finished in winning the 90-hole Asian Tour Qualifying School Final Stage on Dec. 30 in Hua Hin, Thailand. Truslow, 22, rallied with a 64-65 weekend, which was 13 under par, for a 331 total and one-stroke victory at Lakeview Resort and Golf Club. Truslow, whose college golf career lasted only one semester when he left Virginia after the fall of 2015, is from New Smyrna Beach, Fla. He was one of eight Americans to finish among the top 35 and ties and earn playing privileges for the 2019 season (scores).
Number of qualifiers, from among the 37 PGA Tour winners in 2018, who are entered in the Sentry Tournament of Champions. Only Phil Mickelson, Justin Rose and Tiger Woods will not be competing. Play begins Thursday at Kapalua Resort’s Plantation Course in Maui, Hawaii (tee times).
Number of spots that American Bryson DeChambeau climbed in the Official World Golf Ranking since the end of 2017, the largest gain among members of the top 10 to start the new year. DeChambeau, 25, a four-time winner last year, ranks No. 5 after having ended 2017 at No. 99. Japan’s Hideki Matsuyama posted the biggest fall among the 2017 end-of-year top 10, dropping 23 spots, from No. 5 to 28th. Just outside of the top 10, at No. 13, Tiger Woods rocketed 643 spots since the end of an injury-plagued 2017.