Keeping Score

Keeping score


Score, an eagle, that American Matthew Wolff made on the final hole to win the PGA Tour’s inaugural 3M Open in Blaine, Minn., in only his third start as a professional. Playing on a sponsor exemption, Wolff sank a 26-foot putt at TPC Twin Cities’ par-5 closing hole to shoot 6-under 65 for a 21-under 263 total and one-stroke victory. American Bryson DeChambeau, who had holed a 6½-foot eagle putt of his own on the same hole moments earlier for 5-under 66 and a short-lived one-stroke lead, shared second with American Collin Morikawa (66), who was playing only his fifth event as a pro. Wolff, 20, the recent NCAA champion from Oklahoma State, became only the third player to win an NCAA title and a PGA Tour event in the same year, joining Ben Crenshaw and Tiger Woods. Wolff also was the ninth-youngest winner in Tour history and the youngest since a 19-year-old Jordan Spieth won the 2013 John Deere Classic. In his two previous starts since turning professional, Wolff missed the 54-hole cut at the Travelers Championship and missed the cut at the Rocket Mortgage Classic (scores).


Score, a birdie, that American Ryan Brehm made on the first playoff hole to win the LECOM Health Challenge, the PGA Tour’s developmental event in Findley Lake, N.Y. Just moments earlier, Brehm made a double-bogey 7 and squandered a two-stroke lead on the same hole, the par-5 18th at Peek’n Peak Resort’s Upper Course, to allow Australia’s Tim Wilkinson to take a share of the lead. However, in the replaying of the 18th hole in the sudden-death playoff, Brehm sank a 10-foot birdie putt for his second victory in three seasons on the developmental tour. Brehm closed with a 3-under 69 for a 20-under 268 total. He had tied for third a week earlier at the Utah Championship. Brehm is bidding to return to the PGA Tour, where he played in 2017 but failed to keep his exemption (scores).


Number of strokes by which Jon Rahm trailed starting the final round of the European Tour’s Irish Open at Lahinch (Ireland) Golf Club. Rahm closed with an 8-under 62 to post a 16-under 264 for a two-stroke victory. Rahm won the 2017 Irish Open at Portstewart (“Rahm finds a lot to like about Emerald Isle,” July 4). It was his first victory since the 2018 Spanish Open. In his past three starts, dating to the U.S. Open and including the Andalucia Masters, Rahm finished T-3, T-2 and first, respectively. England’s Andy Sullivan and Austria’s Bernd Wiesberger closed with 66s and tied for second at 14-under 266. England’s Robert Rock, who shot a third-round 60 to take the 54-hole lead, faded to fourth with a final-round 70 (scores). Wiesberger, Rick and Paul Waring earned spots in next week’s British Open via the Open Qualifying Series.


Number of non-American victors, out of 18 tournaments, on the LPGA this season. China’s Shanshan Feng shot 9-under 63 for a 29-under 259 total and one-stroke victory at the Thornberry Creek LPGA Classic in Oneida, Wis. It was the 10th victory of her LPGA career for Feng, 29, a former world No. 1. Thailand’s Ariya Jutanugarn (64) placed second at 28-under 260. Only Nelly Korda (ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open) and Lexi Thompson (ShopRite LPGA Classic) have posted victories for the U.S. this season on the women’s tour. Last year, Americans won nine of 33 LPGA tournaments, tying South Korea for the most victories on the year (scores).

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