Number of times, in as many rounds, that James Mason shot lower than his age in winning the 60-and-older division of the PGA Senior Stroke Play Championship on Tuesday at PGA Golf Club in Port St. Lucie, Fla. Mason, 68, a former Champions Tour winner from Dillard, Ga., shot 64-64-67 for a 21-under 195 total and seven-stroke victory. Omar Uresti, 50, of Austin, Texas, sank an 8-foot birdie putt on the first playoff hole to edge Frank Bensel of Jupiter, Fla., and win the 50-59 age division. Play in the two tournaments, part of the annual PGA Winter Championships series, was held concurrently on the Wanamaker and Ryder courses.
Number of former world No. 1 players who are entered in this week’s Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship, which begins today in the United Arab Emirates. American Brooks Koepka, who lost the top spot in the Official World Golf Ranking last week to Justin Rose, is entered in the European Tour event, as are former No. 1s Dustin Johnson of the U.S., Martin Kaymer of Germany and Lee Westwood of England (tee times). The Abu Dhabi stop is the first of eight $7 million-plus tournaments on the Rolex Series and the first of three straight weeks in the Middle East for the European Tour.
Number of strokes under par that China’s Zecheng Dou stood in holding the 54-hole lead in the Web.com Tour’s Bahamas Great Exuma Classic. Dou, who will turn 22 on Jan. 22, shot 5-under 67 on Tuesday for a 200 total at Sandals Emerald Bay Golf Course in Great Exuma, Bahamas. American John Oda, the 36-hole leader, shot 72 for a 13-under 203 total (scores). The tournament, which concludes today, is the first of two consecutive events in the Bahamas to open the Web.com Tour season (schedule).
Number of LPGA winners from the past two seasons, led by world No. 1 Ariya Jutanugarn of Thailand, who are entered in the season-opening Diamond Resorts Tournament of Champions. Play begins Thursday at Four Seasons Golf and Sports Club Orlando’s Tranquilo Golf Course in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. Scoring will be a modified Stableford, with 10 points for a double eagle, eight for a hole-in-one, five for an eagle, three for a birdie, two for a par, zero for a bogey and minus-one for a double bogey or higher (tee times).
Number of years that the PGA Tour will have played in the Palm Springs, Calif., area when the Desert Classic begins Thursday. The late Arnold Palmer won the inaugural event, in 1960, and became a five-time winner in the desert, claiming his 62nd and final Tour victory in 1973. Play will be held on three courses in the La Quinta area: PGA West’s Stadium Course and Nicklaus Tournament Course plus La Quinta Country Club (tee times).