Number of victories in the 2018-19 PGA Tour season – one apiece – among the 7:35 a.m. EDT pairing today at Detroit Golf Club’s 10th tee for the Rocket Mortgage Classic. Rickie Fowler won the Phoenix Open, Charles Howell III claimed the RSM Classic in the fall, and Kevin Kisner won the WGC Match Play. The tournament represents the PGA Tour's return to Michigan after a 10-year absence and the debut appearance in the Motor City (tee times).
Number of champions from the 12 years of the LPGA’s Walmart NW Arkansas Championship who climbed to the No. 1 ranking in the world. Four of those former winners – Inbee Park (2013), Stacy Lewis (2014), Lydia Ko (2016) and So Yeon Ryu (2017) – will be entered when play begins Friday at Pinnacle Country Club in Rogers, Ark. The other three past champions and former No. 1s, Jiyai Shin (2009), Yani Tseng (2010, 2011) and Ai Miyazato (2012), are not competing this week (tee times).
Number of years since Real Club Valderrama, the site of this week’s European Tour Anadalucia Masters, hosted the Ryder Cup. That match, a 14½-13½ European victory against the Americans, proved to be pivotal as the first of six consecutive victories in Europe. Play begins today in Sotogrande, Spain (tee times).
Number of USGA champions entered in the U.S. Senior Open, which begins today at Warren Golf Course in Notre Dame, Ind. The victories span 41 years, from Willie Wood in the 1977 U.S. Junior Amateur to David Toms and Jeff Wilson, in the 2018 Senior Open and Senior Amateur, respectively (tee times).
Number of years that the Utah Championship will have been played when the PGA Tour’s developmental event begins today at Oakridge Country Club in Farmington, Utah. The tournament debuted in 1990 on the Ben Hogan Tour with John Daly as the champion but was not played in 1997-98 (tee times).
Number of holes that Alex Chiarella played the same ball in winning the Mackenzie Tour’s recent Lethbridge Paradise Canyon Open. In an interview with PGATour.com’s Adam Stanley, Chiarella, 25, said that he was playing so well that he didn’t want to retire his Titleist 1 with a blue line and two blue dots as his personal markings. Chiarella, a Hawaiian who played college golf at San Diego, had missed the cut in his first three starts on the developmental tour before his breakthrough victory.