Keeping Score

Keeping score


Number of career victories on the PGA Tour for American Nate Lashley, who was the last man to gain entry into the inaugural Rocket Mortgage Classic and completed a wire-to-wire victory Sunday. Lashley, 36, a second-year PGA Tour player who was making only his 33rd career start, closed with a 2-under 70 for a 25-under 263 total and six-stroke victory at Detroit Golf Club. Lashley, who was the third alternate earlier in the week, was the first alternate to win since Vaughn Taylor at the 2016 Pebble Beach Pro-Am. Lashley’s winning margin was the largest this season on the PGA Tour. American Doc Redman, a Monday qualifier, finished second at 19-under 269. Lashley and Redman also earned berths in the British Open later this month at Royal Portrush in Northern Ireland via the Open Qualifying Series (scores).


Number of Champions Tour major titles that American Steve Stricker has won this season as he cruised to victory in the U.S. Senior Open. Stricker, 52, closed with a 1-under 69 for a tournament-record 19-under 261 total and six-stroke victory at Warren Golf Course in Notre Dame, Ind. Earlier this season, Stricker won the Regions Tradition, also by six strokes. Stricker has won five times on the 50-and-older tour, all since March 2018. He divides his competition between the PGA and Champions tours. Americans Jerry Kelly (69), who won last week in his hometown of Madison, Wis., and David Toms (68), the defending champion, shared second at 13-under 267 (scores).


Number of playoff holes that Norway’s Kristoffer Ventura needed to defeat American Joshua Creel and win the Utah Championship, the PGA Tour’s developmental event in Farmington, Utah. Ventura and Creel had matched pars on the first two playoff holes, both on the par-4 18th at Oakridge Country Club, before Ventura made par to Creel’s bogey at the par-4 10th. They had tied at 14-under 270 for 72 holes. Ventura, 24, who played for 2018 NCAA champion Oklahoma State, was competing in only his fifth career start on the developmental tour (scores).


Number of strokes by which South Africa’s Christiaan Bezuidenhout won his first European Tour title, the Anadalucia Masters in Sotogrande, Spain. Bezuidenhout cruised to victory with an even-par 71 in the final round at Real Club Valderrama to shoot 10-under 274. Four Spaniards – Adri Arnaus, Eduardo De La Riva, Alvaro Quiros and Jon Rahm – shared second with France’s Mike Vera-Lorenzo at 4-under 280. As a bonus, Bezuidenhout, 25, joined Arnaus and Lorenzo-Vera in qualifying for the British Open later this month at Royal Portrush in Northern Ireland via the Open Qualifying Series (scores).


Number of LPGA victories for South Korea’s Sung Hyun Park, who won the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship in Rogers, Ark. Park, 25, shot a final-round 5-under 66 for an 18-under 195 total and one-stroke victory at Pinnacle Country Club. It was the second victory of the year for Park, who has posted three consecutive multi-win seasons on the LPGA. She was projected to rise from second to first in the Rolex Rankings, for her fourth reign atop the world order. American Danielle Kang shared second place with South Koreans Hyo Joo Kim and Inbee Park (scores).


Amount, in millions of dollars, for the prize fund to be awarded at the British Open, an increase of $250,000 from last year. Of that total, $1.935 million will be awarded to the winner of the Claret Jug. The purse ranks fourth among golf’s four major championships in prize money: Masters, $11.5 million, with $2.070 million to winner Tiger Woods; PGA, $11 million, with $1.98 million to winner Brooks Koepka; and U.S. Open, $12.5 million, with $2.25 million to winner Gary Woodland. The Players Championship, which offered a $12.5 million purse this year, ranks first with the U.S. Open for the richest purse in golf. The 148th British Open will be played July 18-21 at Royal Portrush in Northern Ireland.


Percentage of starts on the Symetra Tour that France’s Perrine Delacour has won this season. Delacour, 25, won the Prasco Charity Championship for her second victory in 12 starts on the LPGA’s developmental tour. She shot 5-under 67 in the final round for a 15-under 201 total and seven-stroke victory at TPC River’s Bend in Maineville, Ohio. With the victory and her winner’s check of $18,750, Delacour jumped to No. 1 on the Symetra Tour money list, with $96,878 (scores).

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