Keeping Score

Keeping score

Rory McIlroy congrats from Brooks Koepka at winning FedEx Cup title
Rory McIlroy (left) accepts congratulations from Brooks Koepka after the Northern Irishman won the FedEx Cup title.


Number of times that Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy has won the PGA Tour’s FedEx Cup title as he claimed a four-stroke victory Sunday in the season-ending Tour Championship in Atlanta. McIlroy, 30, shot 4-under 66 for an 18-under total at East Lake Golf Club. It was his third victory of the season and 17th of his career. Under the Tour’s new weighted system of starting strokes, McIlroy began the week in fifth place, at 5 under. McIlroy, who also won the 2016 FedEx Cup title, and Tiger Woods (2007, 2009) are the only two-time winners of the season title. American Xander Schauffele finished second, and Americans Justin Thomas and Brooks Koepka tied for third. McIlroy earned $15 million from the $70 million bonus pool that was distributed to the year’s top 30 players (scores).


Number of LPGA tournaments that South Korea’s Jin Young Ko has won this year as she added the CP Women’s Open title. Ko, 24, birdied four of her final five holes to shoot 8-under 64 for a 26-under 262 total and five-stroke victory at Magna Golf Club in Aurora, Ontario. It was the sixth career LPGA victory for Ko, who solidified her No. 1 spot in the Rolex Rankings. Denmark’s Nicole Broch Larsen, who held a share of the 54-hole lead with Ko, shot 69 to finish second at 21-under 267. Canada’s Brooke Henderson, the local favorite and defending champion, slot 69 to share third with American Lizette Salas (64) at 19-under 269 (scores).


Number of consecutive birdies that American Brandt Jobe made to start his final round en route to a 9-under 63 for an 18-under 198 total and three-stroke victory in the Champions Tour’s Boeing Classic in Snoqualmie, Wash. Jobe, 54, started the round seven strokes behind Seattle native Fred Couples, who ballooned to a final-round 76 at The Club at Snoqualmie Ridge and fell into a tie for third (scores).


Length, in feet, of the birdie putt that South African Erik Van Rooyen made on the par-5 18th hole to win the European Tour’s Scandinavian Invitation in Gothenburg, Sweden. Van Rooyen shot 6-under 64 for a 19-under 261 total at Hills Golf & Sports Club for a one-stroke victory over England’s Matthew Fitzpatrick. It was the first victory on the European Tour for Van Rooyen, 29, who played college golf at Minnesota (scores).


Number of starts on the Korn Ferry Tour that American Matthew NeSmith needed to record his first victory on the developmental tour and secure a PGA Tour card for next season. NeSmith, 25, in his first full season on the tour, birdied two of his final three holes to cap a 7-under 64 for a 19-under 265 total and one-stroke victory in the Albertsons Boise Open at Hillcrest Country Club in Boise, Idaho (scores). It was the second of the developmental tour’s three playoff events, preceding this week’s season-ending Tour Championship.

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