Keeping Score

Keeping score

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J.T. Poston

1

Number of PGA Tour victories for American J.T. Poston, who shot 8-under 62 on Sunday to win the Wyndham Championship in Greensboro, N.C. Poston played four bogey-free rounds at Sedgefield Country Club, shooting 22-under 258 to win in his 77th start. He was the first player since Lee Trevino in 1974 to play a 72-hole stroke-play tournament without a bogey or worse. Poston, 26, was born and raised 100 miles west, in Hickory, and played college golf at Western Carolina. Another North Carolinian, Webb Simpson, the 2011 Wyndham champion, birdied four of the final five holes for a 5-under 65 and solo second place (scores). The Wyndham Championship was the final regular-season event. The top 125 in the FedEx Cup standings qualified for this week’s playoff opener, the Northern Trust at Liberty National in Jersey City, N.J.


2

Number of players outside of the top 125 in the FedEx Cup standings who played their way into the postseason via the season-ending Wyndham Championship. Patton Kizzire, who was No. 129 entering the week, and No. 132 Andrew Landry earned spots in this week’s Northern Trust at Liberty National in Jersey City, N.J. Kizzire tied for 13th at the Wyndham to rise to No. 118 in the yearlong standings, and Landry tied for 19th and ended the year at No. 123. Alex Noren finished T-60 at Wyndham to fall from 125th to 129th, and Robert Streb missed the cut, slipping from 124th to 128th (scores).


17

Number of strokes under par that American Zac Blair finished to win the Korn Ferry Tour’s Ellie Mae Classic in Hayward, Calif. Blair, 28, shot 3-under 67 for a 263 total and one-stroke victory at TPC Stonebrae. Blair, who had posted top 10s in his past two starts, won his first tournament on a major professional tour. He had competed in the three previous seasons on the PGA Tour before losing his exempt status last year. American Brandon Crick (68) finished second at 16-under 264 (scores).


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Garrett Rank

31

Age, in years, of Western Amateur winner Garrett Rank, the first mid-amateur (age 25 or older) champion since Danny Green in 1997. Rank, an NHL referee from Elmira, Ontario, defeated Daniel Wetterich, a recent Ohio State graduate from Cincinnati, 3 and 2, on Saturday at Point O’ Woods Golf & Country Club in Benton Harbor, Mich. Rank is the second Canadian champion in the Western, joining Jim Nelford, the 1977 winner, and the first non-American to win since Danny Lee in 2008. Rank finished fifth in the 72-hole stroke-play qualifying and trailed at some point in all four of his matches before prevailing (scoring: stroke play, match play). Rank and Wetterich earned exemptions into the Korn Ferry Tour’s Evans Scholars Invitational.


42

Number of years since a Japanese woman had won a major championship as Hinako Shibuno won the Women’s British Open in Woburn, England. Shibuno, 20, sank an 18-foot birdie putt on the par-4 18th hole at Woburn Golf Club’s Marquess Course for a final-round 4-under 68, an 18-under 270 total and one-stroke victory. American Lizette Salas, who rallied with a closing 65, finished solo second at 17-under 271. Shibuno joined Chako Higuchi, who won the 1977 LPGA Championship, as the only Japanese major champions. No male Japanese golfer has won a major title. Shibuno, a rookie on the Japan LPGA, earned eligibility for LPGA membership in her first tournament played outside of her native country (scores).


50

Range, in years, from the youngest to oldest competitor at this week’s U.S. Women’s Amateur, which begins today at Old Waverly Golf Club in West Point, Miss. Gianna Clemente, 11, of Warren, Ohio, and Sally Krueger, 61, of San Francisco, will be among the 156 competitors in the 119th event. The vast majority of the field – 136 players – are ages 16-25 (tee times).


69

Score that American Craig Davis shot in each of three rounds at North Berwick (Scotland) Golf Club to tie countryman Gene Elliott at 9-under 207 in the Senior British Amateur. Davis, 57, a software engineer from Chula Vista, Calif., holed a 5-foot birdie putt on the par-4 No. 1, the third hole of a sudden-death playoff Friday, to win the title in his first appearance (scores).


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