What we learned at the 2018 Memorial Tournament

Bryson DeChambeau

 

Bryson DeChambeau won the 2018 Memorial Tournament Sunday for his second PGA Tour win.With the win DeChambeau moves to 8th in the US Ryder Cup Team ranking.

Here are things we learned at The Memorial this week !

 

*Bryson DeChambeau moves from 38th to 22nd in the Official World Golf Rankings.

*DeChambeau moves up from 13th to 8th in the US Ryder Cup Team rankings.

*DecHambeau moves up to 4th in the Fed Ex Cup rankings.

*Thorbjorn Olesen jumps from 129th to 75th in the Official World Golf Rankings after his win at the 2018 Italian Open.

*Thanks to a T8 finish, Justin Thomas will remain No. 1 in the FedExCup standings and the Official World Golf Ranking.

*Tiger Woods at The Memorial:
Ranked 1st in Strokes Gained: Tee-To-Green (+14.157), Strokes Gained: Approach-the-Green (+11.164), and proximity (23’8”). Was third in Strokes Gained: Around-the-Green (+4.977) but was 72nd in Strokes Gained: Putting (-7.695).

*Thanks to a T6 finish, 19 year old Joaquin Niemann currently owns 275 non-member FedExCup points, earning Special Temporary Membership of PGA TOUR.This will allow him unlimited sponsor exemptions on tour.

*Rory McIlroy has rented a house near Shinnecock Hills Golf Club and is headed there Sunday and will stay there till after the US Open. Said he will practice each day there instead of Florida to prepare for the US Open.

*Five-time Memorial winner Tiger Woods shot an even-par 72 Sunday to finish T23, despite leading the field in Strokes Gained: Tee-to-Green and Strokes Gained: Approach-the-Green.

*Bryson DeChambeau birdied the second playoff hole to defeat Byeong Hun An and Kyle Stanley in the first three-way playoff in the history of the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide.

*DeChambeau led the field in scrambling (17/21) for the week. • Ranked ninth in Strokes Gained: Putting (+4.916). • Through 72 holes, was 11-under par on the front nine and 4-under on the back nine. • Hit 37 of 58 fairways, 52 of 72 greens and needed 111 putts for the week.

*Kyle Stanley (T2) Opened with birdies on two of his first five holes before a bogey at No. 9 and a double bogey at No. 12 dropped him out of the lead. Made four consecutive birdies on Nos. 14-17 to tie the lead entering the last, before a bogey to fall into a three-way playoff. Led the field in birdies for the week with 26.

*Byeong Hun An (T2) Entering the final round three shots off of the lead, An bogeyed two of his first four holes but played the last 14 holes bogey free with five birdies for a 3-under 69 to play his way into a three-way playoff with DeChambeau and Kyle Stanley.Ranked first in greens in regulation (83.33%), putts per green in regulation (107 on 60) and eighth in Strokes Gained: Off the Tee (+4.008) and Strokes Gained: Tee to Green (+11.345).

*Patrick Cantlay (4th) Opened with birdies on four of his first eight holes to take the lead but played his last 10 holes in 3-over-par to finish one shot short of the playoff. Recorded his fifth top-10 of the season and third in his last five starts. Moves up to No. 13 in the FedExCup standings. Ace in round three marked his second career hole-in-one (2018 AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am/R1). Ranked 2nd in Strokes Gained: Tee-to-Green (+12.148) and led the field in eagles with three.

*Joaquin Niemann (T6) Thanks to a T6 finish, currently owns 275 non-member FedExCup points, earning Special Temporary Membership of PGA TOUR. Entering the final round one shot off of the lead, the 19-year-old made birdie at the second to climb into a share of the lead but made two double bogeys – his only ones of the week – at the par-4 sixth and par-5 11th on his way to a 1-over-par 73. Was third in most birdies with 23 and led the field in par-3 scoring average (2.63). Posted his third top-10 of the season and second in a row after finishing T8 at the Fort Worth Invitational last week. Became the youngest player in tournament history to finish in the top 10, surpassing Ryo Ishikawa, who was 20 years, 8 months and 17 days when he did it in 2012.

* Rory McIlroy (T8) After making the cut on the number at even-par, recorded weekend rounds of 64-69 to move into a T8 for his third top10 of the season. Secured his fourth top-10 (T8/2018, T4/2016, 5/2011, T10/2010) in his seventh career start at the Memorial Tournament. Led the field in Strokes Gained: Around-the-Green (+5.630).  Third-round 64 was the lowest round of the tournament.

*Phil Mickelson (T13) • In his 18th start, the 43-time PGA TOUR winner has failed to win the Memorial Tournament. It is one of just eight events on the PGA TOUR where he has 10 or more starts in his career but hasn’t found the winner’s circle.

 

 

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