Number of players who have won back-to-back FedEx Cup titles since the PGA Tour’s playoffs began in 2007. Justin Rose, the 2018 FedEx Cup champion, will open his title defense in the Northern Trust, which begins today at Liberty National Golf Club in Jersey City, N.J. (tee times). It is the first of the Tour’s three postseason events, with the top 125 in the regular-season FedEx Cup standings having qualified.
Number of players who have won more than one FedEx Cup title since the PGA Tour’s playoffs began in 2007. Tiger Woods won the inaugural FedEx Cup and added the 2009 title. Woods, who is No. 28 in the FedEx Cup standings, will make his first competitive appearance in three weeks , since missing the British Open cut, in today’s first round at the Northern Trust (tee times).
Number of consecutive runner-up finishes for Webb Simpson, who has risen to No. 13 in the Official World Golf Ranking entering the FedEx Cup playoffs. Simpson, who finished second last week at the Wyndham Championship after a runner-up one week earlier at the WGC FedEx St. Jude Invitational, stands ninth in the FedEx Cup standings entering the Northern Trust, which begins today at Liberty National Golf Club in Jersey City, N.J. (tee times).
Number of Solheim Cups in which Norway’s Suzann Pettersen has played. She is set to be one of European captain Catriona Matthew’s assistant captains at the biennial matches next month, but is making only her second LPGA start since November 2017 this week at the Ladies Scottish Open, which begins today at The Renaissance Club in North Berwick, Scotland (tee times). Pettersen, a 15-time LPGA winner who gave birth to her first child last August, missed the cut in her return to the tour three weeks ago. She is lobbying for a spot on the European team.
Position in the Korn Ferry Tour points standings for Australian Brett Coletta, who sits on the bubble for one of the 25 PGA Tour cards for the 2019-20 season to be awarded after this week’s WinCo Foods Portland Open. Play begins today at Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club’s Witch Hollow Course in North Plains, Ore. (tee times). Coletta, 23, has three top-10 finishes in 18 starts on the developmental tour. Another top finish would earn a promotion for next season. Also, the top 75 players in the points standings will advance to the KFT Finals and retain full status on the developmental tour for next season.