All you need to know about the weekend of golf
A few quick items of note from last weekend’s tournament action:
--Rory McIlroy won the BMW Championship six days after capturing the Deutsche Bank Championship, making him the first player to win two straight PGA Tour playoff events since Tiger woods did it in 2009.
--He also now has won three of his last four starts, when you include the PGA Championship. The one he didn’t win was The Barclays, where he tied for 24th place.
--The BMW Championship was McIlroy’s sixth career win on the PGA Tour. Only Tiger Woods (with 15 wins) and Jack Nicklaus (with eight) have won more times before turning 24. McIlroy turns 24 next May. He’s also won in Dubai and Hong Kong on the European Tour, so he actually has eight career wins around the globe.
--Jiyai Shin edged Paula Creamer Monday morning on the ninth hole of sudden death, after they had played eight extra holes without a resolution on Sunday. After tying in regulation, they played the 18th hole eight straight times Sunday night, and both players parred it every time. On Monday, they played the 16th hole, and Shin won when Creamer three-putted for bogey.
--Their playoff was the second-longest in LPGA Tour history. The longest came at the 1972 Corpus Christi Civitan Open, when Jo Ann Prentice needed 10 extra holes to upset Kathy Whitworth and Sandra Palmer. The third-longest was Cristie Kerr's victory over Seol-An Jeon on the seventh extra hole in the 2004 LPGA Takefuji Classic.
--The longest playoff in PGA Tour history lasted 11 holes between Cary Middlecoff and Lloyd Mangrum in the 1949 Motor City Open. After the 11th hole, the players mutually agreed to quit, and they were declared co-winners. On the Champions Tour, the 1998 Royal Caribbean Classic went 10 playoff holes before David Graham defeated Dave Stockton.
--Peter Hanson won the KLM Open on the European Tour with an eagle on the last hole. Not sure how often that has happened, but it’s fairly rare – although, of course, just two weeks ago, Eugene Wong canned a 133-yard 9-iron approach shot on the final hole of the Canadian Tour Championship for a walk-off win. Hanson’s eagle wasn’t quite as dramatic, as he only had to make a 35-foot putt for his eagle – and that’s the last stroke he’ll make in competiton until the Ryder Cup.
And speaking of Eugene Wong …
--He won the Great Waterway Classic on the Canadian Tour on Sunday, giving him two victories in a row – just like Rory McIlroy! Seriously, Wong is a rookie on the Canadian Tour after a stellar college career at Oregon – where he was coached Casey Martin and won the 2010 Jack Nicklaus Award as the nation’s top collegiate player. A native of Vancouver, he was also the PAC-12 player of the year in both 2010 and 2012, and just turned pro this summer. It’ll be no surprise if he shows up on the PGA Tour within a couple of years.