Average number of yards of increase in driving distance on seven men’s and women’s professional golf tours worldwide, according to the 2018 Annual Driving Distance Report released Tuesday by the U.S. Golf Association and the R&A. The increase follows a jump of more than 3 yards in 2017. The data were collected from the PGA, LPGA, European, Ladies European, Japan Golf, Web.com and Champions tours.
Number of victories held by Phil Mickelson and Johnny Miller in Arizona, a PGA Tour milestone for the Grand Canyon State. Mickelson won three times at the former stop in Tucson and three times in Phoenix, which will play host to the Waste Management Phoenix Open this week. Miller, who is retiring from NBC’s broadcast booth this week, won four times in Tucson and twice in Phoenix (tee times).
Number of years since the Nos. 1-, 2- and 3-ranked players in the world competed in the same European Tour event. When the inaugural Saudi International tees off Thursday at Royal Greens Golf and Country Club, top-ranked Justin Rose, No. 2 Brooks Koepka and No. 3 Dustin Johnson will be part of the strongest field on the tour since the 2012 BMW PGA (tee times).
Length, in feet, of the putt that Notre Dame’s leprechaun mascot made during a first-half media timeout during the Fighting Irish’s men’s basketball game Monday night against Duke in South Bend, Ind. (video). The putt, which ran the length of the floor at the Joyce Center, was part of a promotion for the U.S. Senior Open, which will be played June 27-30 at Notre Dame’s Warren Golf Course. The luck of the Irish resulted in a celebration by the sold-out crowd of 9,149. They didn’t leave empty-handed despite the Irish’s 83-61 loss to the Blue Devils. According to the USGA’s Brian DePasquale, as fans exited the arena, they were given a voucher to be redeemed for a practice-round ticket to the U.S. Senior Open.
Length, in yards, of the par-4 fifth hole at Augusta National Golf Club, an additional 40 yards on the uphill dogleg-left hole known as “Magnolia.” That’s according to Golf Channel’s Rex Hoggard, who tweeted the observation Tuesday afternoon upon seeing the Masters Tournament’s annual media guide, which was released earlier in the day. The added length at No. 5 would bump the course’s yardage to 7,475 yards for the 2019 Masters, which is scheduled for April 11-14.