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Wyndham rewards Stenson w/ win

Monday, August 21, 2017


Wyndham Championship

Greensboro, NC

 

 

Overnight leader and World No. 9 Henrik Stenson birdied four of his final six holes en route to a 6-under-par 33-31=64 in the final round of the Wyndham Championship to reach 22-under 258, good for a one-shot win over PGA TOUR rookie Ollie Schniederjans, who shot 64, and four clear of second-round co-leader Webb Simpson (67), who finished in solo 3rd.

 

Stenson’s aggregate of 258 is a new tournament record, eclipsing 259 by Si Woo Kim (2016) and fellow-Swede Carl Pettersson (2008).

 

Second-round co-leader Ryan Armour (64), Rory Sabbatini (64) and Kevin Na (68), shared 4th place, five adrift.

 

 

Final Leaderboard:

 

1st- Henrik Stenson: 62-66-66-64 (-22)

2nd- Ollie Schniederjans: 66-63-66-64 (-21)

3rd- Webb Simpson: 63-64-68-67 (-18)

T4- Ryan Armour: 66-61-72-64 (-17)

T4- Rory Sabbatini: 65-68-66-64 (-17)

T4- Kevin Na: 67-63-65-68 (-17)

 

 

The 41-year-old wins in his 13th start of the season and as a pre-tourney co-fave outright (14/1).

 

In the last 89 events on TOUR, the pre-tourney fave/co-fave has won only SIX times:

 

 

This season:

 

43 tournaments

4 pre-tourney faves won:

 

 

Stenson: 14/1 Wyndham (co-fave)

Spieth: 12/1 The Open

Spieth: 8/1 Travelers

D. Johnson: 13/2 WGC-Mexico

 

 

Last season (including Playoffs):

 

46 tournaments

2 pre-tourney faves won:

 

 

Spieth: 6/1 DEAN & DELUCA

Spieth: 4/1 Hyundai TOC

 

 

 

2017 Tournament Winners (43 events/44 winners):

 

 

26 winners this season were in their 20s

13 were in their 30s

5 were in their 40s (Stenson)

 

 

37 (of 44) winners this season were 33-years-old or younger

7 outliers:

35: Stroud, Barracuda

37: Garcia, Masters

40: Dufner, Memorial

40: Points, Puerto Rico

40: Perez, OHL

41: Stenson, Wyndham

47: Pampling, Shriners

 

 

 

Overall, it’s Stenson’s seventh made cut of the season and seventh top 25, fourth straight. He’s posted top-17 finishes or better in five of his last six events.

 

Form: 1st-T13-T17-T11-CUT-T16

 

 

Stenson’s Season:

 

13 starts

7 made cuts

5 missed cuts

1 WD

 

7 top 25s

3 top 10s

2 top 5s (T2, WGC-HSBC)

1 win

 

 

Stenson at the Wyndham:

 

4 starts

1 made cut (win)

2 missed cuts

1 WD

 

 

Playing the Wyndham for the first time since a mid-tourney WD in 2012 (68-WD), Stenson only added the regular-season-ending event as he needed to meet the 15-start minimum membership requirement to retain status.

 

He entered the week 75th in the FedExCup (FEC) standings, not assured of a spot in the 70-man BMW Championship – leg 3 of the FEC Playoffs – but the win catapults him 52 spots to 23rd in the standings.

 

The Swede claims his sixth PGA TOUR title in his 170th career event, first since the 2016 Open Championship 16 starts ago (also as 54-hole leader). Interestingly enough, it’s his first TOUR win in a “regular” event: i.e. non-major, non-FedExCup Playoffs, non-PLAYERS, non-WGC.

 

 

Stenson’s TOUR Wins (6):

 

2017: Wyndham (54-hole leader)

Winning Margin: 1 shot

 

2016: Open Championship (54-hole leader)

Winning Margin: 3 shots

 

2013: TOUR Championship (54-hole leader)

Winning Margin: 3 shots

 

2013: Deutsche Bank (come from behind, 2-shot deficit)

Winning Margin: 2 shots

 

2009: PLAYERS (come from behind, 5-shot deficit)

Winning Margin: 4 shots

 

2007: WGC-Accenture Match Play

 

 

 

Field Scoring Average:

 

 

This was the 78th playing of the Wyndham, 35th at Sedgefield Country Club and 10th consecutive:

 

7,127 yards; par 70 (35-35)

 

 

R1: 68.558

R2: 68.934

R3: 69.235

R4: 68.622

 

Total: 68.813

 

Stenson: 62-66-66-64 for 17.348 SG: Total

 

 

Stenson’s Position by Round:

 

R1: 2nd

R2: 3rd   

R3: 1st

 

 

4-for-19

Stenson’s first 54-hole lead/co-lead of the season was one shot. He’s the 19th player this season to hold a one-shot lead thru 54 holes and just the fourth to convert:

 

Stenson: Wyndham

Spieth: Travelers

Chappell: VTO

Hughes: RSM

 

 

3-for-5

Stenson’s overall TOUR record as 54-hole leader/co-leader:

2017 Wyndham: finished 1st

2016 Open Championship: finished 1st

2015 Deutsche Bank: finished 2nd

2015 Arnold Palmer: finished 2nd

2013 TOUR Championship: finished 1st (tourney debut; wire-to-wire)

 

 

 

After kicking off in career-low 62, 66, 66, the Orlando resident began with a one-shot lead over three players, including Schniederjans.

 

Playing out of the final twosome (with Na), he hit 12 (of 14) fairways and 16 greens in regulation (GIR) for 1.429 SG: Approach-the-Green and 1.872 SG: Tee-to-Green.

 

Stenson squared two bogey-5s at Nos. 2 (3-putt from 60'1") and 6, outflanked by eight circles at 1, 3, 5, 7, 12 and 15-17, four from between 16 and 43 feet, posting 1.688 putts per GIR and 2.750 SG: Putting, needing 30 total putts.

 

 

 

How Stenson Won the Tournament:

 

 

Ranked 1st in Total Birdies and 1st in Proximity

Ranked 2nd in Putts per GIR, T2 in Par-3 Scoring and T2 in Par-4 Scoring

Ranked 3rd in SG: Approach and 3rd in SG: Putting

 

 

 

Stenson’s Weekly Stats (ranking of 74 players):

 

 

Birdies: 29 (1st)

Bogeys: 5 (T6)

Double Bogeys: 1 (T34)

 

Par-3 Scoring: 2.69 (T2)

Par-4 Scoring: 3.79 (T2)

Par-5 Scoring: 4.13 (T10)

 

Driving Distance (all drives): 273.0 yards (67th)

Note: Stenson did not hit driver all week. Took it out of the bag prior.

 

Driving Accuracy: 42/56 (T8) at 75.00%

GIR: 63/72 (T3) at 87.50%

Proximity to hole: 25’3” (1st)

Putts per GIR: 1.619 (2nd)

Total Putts: 116 (T16)

Putts by Round: 26-31-29-30

Scrambling: 4/9 (T67) at 44.44%

 

SG: Off-the-Tee: 1.350 (35th)

SG: Approach-the-Green: 6.054 (3rd)

SG: Around-the-Green: 1.114 (29th)

SG: Putting: 8.830 (3rd)

SG: Tee-to-Green: 8.519 (6th)

 

 

 

How Stenson Won on Sunday:

 

Stenson went out in 2-under 35 (four birdies, two bogeys), but Na took a one-shot lead at the break after turning in blemish-free 4-under (four birdies).

 


Leaderboard at that point:

 

 

1st- Kevin Na: -19 (thru 9 holes)

T2- Ollie Schniederjans: -18 (thru 10 holes)

T2- Henrik Stenson: -18 (thru 9 holes)

 

T9- Webb Simpson: -14 (thru 10)

 

 

Stenson came home in bogey-free 4-under (four birdies), while Na, chasing his second TOUR title, last winning 137 starts ago, limped home in 2-over (one birdie, three bogeys).

 

Schniederjans, chasing his first TOUR win in his 39th career start (36 pro), began T2 and carded the only bogey-free round of the day. He went out in 3-under, circling holes 5, 7 and 9, and then birdied three of his final four, including an off-the-grandstand birdie-4 at 15 and a 40-footer for birdie-3 at 17.

 

Playing with Schniederjans, Simpson began the day T2, dropped to T9 with an even-par first half (one birdie, one bogey), but outpaced bogey-5 at 10 with four birdies at 13, 15, 16 and 18, capping with a walk-off birdie-3 from 7’2” that secured 3rd place.

 

 


R4 Stats Comparison (ranking of 74 players):

 

 

SG: Off-the-Tee:

Henrik Stenson: 0.303 (37th)

Kevin Na: -0.299 (52nd)

 

Ollie Schniederjans: 0.423 (29th)

Webb Simpson: 0.321 (35th)

 

SG: Approach-the-Green:

Stenson: 1.429 (9th)

Na: -0.272 (45th)

 

Schniederjans: 1.666 (6th)

Simpson: 1.102 (13th)

 

Proximity:

Stenson: 26’10” (T9)

Na: 32’5” (38th)

 

Schniederjans: 25’1” (T5)

Simpson: 27’4” (13th)

 

SG: Around-the-Green:

Stenson: 0.140 (35th)

Na: 0.937 (12th)

 

Schniederjans: 0.601 (T18)

Simpson: -0.385 (55th)

 

SG: Putting:

Stenson: 2.750 (6th)

Na: 0.256 (30th)

 

Schniederjans: 1.932 (12th)

Simpson: 0.584 (23rd)

 

SG: Total:

Stenson: 4.622 (T4)

Na: 0.622 (T25)

 

Schniederjans: 4.622 (T4)

Simpson: 1.622 (T14)

 

 

 

Updated Top 10 in FedExCup standings (points):

 

 

Stenson, the 2013 FEC Champion, collects 500 FEC points for the victory and vaults 52 spots to No. 23 in the FEC standings.

 

 

1. Hideki Matsuyama (2,869)

2. Justin Thomas (2,689)

3. Jordan Spieth (2,671)

4. Dustin Johnson (2, 466)

5. Rickie Fowler (1,832)

6. Jon Rahm (1,754)

7. Brooks Koepka (1,736)

8. Daniel Berger (1,623)

9. Kevin Kisner (1,612)

10. Brian Harman (1,557)

 

Note: The last five FEC champions were no worse than 6th in the FEC standings entering the TOUR Championship.

 

 

 

FedExCup Playoffs Implications:

IN:

Rory Sabbatini (T4): from 148th to 122nd

Martin Flores (T7): from 139th to 118th

Harold Varner III (T10): from 138th to 123rd

J.J. Henry (T16): from 134th to 125th

 

OUT:

David Hearn (T64): from 121st to 128th

Zac Blair (T80/MDF): from 120th to 126th

Seamus Power (T83/MDF): from 123rd to 130th

Daniel Summerhays (CUT): from 124th to 131st

 

 

 

Updated Top 10 in OWGR (this week’s finish):

 

 

With a Strength of Field rating of 169 (down from 285 last year), Stenson banks 34.00 world-ranking points and nudges three places to No. 6 in the Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR).

 

 

1. Dustin Johnson (idle)

2. Hideki Matsuyama (idle)

3. Jordan Spieth (idle)

4. Rory McIlroy (idle)

5. Sergio Garcia (idle)

6. Henrik Stenson (Won); UP three

7. Justin Thomas (idle); DOWN one

8. Jon Rahm (idle); DOWN one

9. Jason Day (idle); DOWN one

10. Rickie Fowler (idle)

 

 

 

Draw:

 

 

31 tourneys this season with a traditional draw:

 

 

WINNERS:

 

EARLY/late: 20 (64.5%)

 

LATE/early: 11 (Stenson)

 

 

A total of 85 pros from a field of 156 pros made the 36-hole cut of 3-under 137:

 

 

45 (of 75) EARLY/late; 2 WDs, 1 DQ

 

40 (of 76) LATE/early; 2 WDs

 

Note: Secondary 54-hole cut fell on 2-under 208 (74 players)

 

 

12 players finished in the top 10 with SEVEN of those EARLY/late, BUT, the CHAMPION emerged from the other side.

 

 

EARLY/late: Ollie Schniederjans (2nd)*, Webb Simpson (3rd), Ryan Armour (T4)**, Rory Sabbatini (T4), Cameron Smith (T7), Shane Lowry (T7), Davis Love III (T10)

 

LATE/early: Henrik Stenson (Won), Kevin Na (T4), Martin Flores (T7), Harold Varner III (T10), Richy Werenski (T10)

 

* career best

** tied career best

 


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Stenson is the sixth straight LATE/early winner of the Wyndham

 

 

 

Field Breakdown:

 

 

7 of the Top 50 in OWGR were in the field and just two of the Top 25

 

1 finished in the top 10: Top-ranked and No. 9 Stenson

 

 

Other Top-10 Finishers:

 

No. 146 Ollie Schniederjans (2nd); career best

No. 59 Webb Simpson (3rd)

No. 543 Ryan Armour (T4); career tying best

No. 454 Rory Sabbatini (T4)

No. 80 Kevin Na (T4)

No. 275 Martin Flores (T7)

No. 170 Cameron Smith (T7)

No. 83 Shane Lowry (T7)

No. 156 Harold Varner III (T10)

No. 849 Davis Love III (T10)

No. 207 Richy Werenski (T10)

 

 

Other Notables:

 

No. 24 Kevin Kisner (T42); pre-tourney co-fave (14/1)

No. 34 Jason Dufner (T14)

No. 37 Bill Haas (T75/MDF)

No. 43 Ryan Moore (T24)

No. 44 Russell Knox (T28)

No. 47 Billy Horschel (T60)

 

 

 

Yahoo! Low Rounds:

 

 

R1: Matt Every (61)

R2: Ryan Armour (61)

R3: Jason Kokrak (63)

R4: Martin Flores, J.J. Spaun, Cameron Smith (63)

 

 

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In total, 10 players shot career lows: Matt Every (61/R1), Henrik Stenson (62/R1), Cameron Smith (63/R1 & R4), Sam Saunders (63/R1), Brian Campbell (63/R1), Ryan Armour (61/R2), Soren Kjeldsen (63/R2), Shane Lowry (64/R2), Richy Werenski (64/R3), J.J. Spaun (63/R4)

 

 

 

 Leader/co-leaders by Round:

 

 

R1: Matt Every: Drops to 0-for-7 as 18-hole leader/co-leader

 

R2: Ryan Armour: Drops to 0-for-1 as 36-hole leader/co-leader

R2: Webb Simpson: Drops to 1-for-9 as 36-hole leader/co-leader

 

R3: Henrik Stenson: Improves to 3-for-5 as 54-hole leader/co-leader

 

 

 

TOUR Rookies &/or First-Timers:

 

 

TOUR Rookies: 19

Top-10 finishes: 2

 

 

Ollie Schniederjans: Making his second appearance (MC/2015 on sponsor invite), the 24-year-old took top-rookie honors with a career-best solo 2nd on 21-under 259 (66-63-68-67). This is the third time this season he’s been low rookie (T18, Valero; T27, Sony)

 

Schniederjan’s Season:

 

25 starts

18 made cuts

6 missed cuts

1 DQ

 

7 top 25s

5 top 10s

2 top 5s (previous-best T3, RBC Heritage)

Form: 2nd-CUT-T54-T39-DQ-T63-T71

 

FEC rank: 39 (up 35)

OWGR: 96 (career high, up 50)

 

 

 

Tournament Debuts: 26

Top-10 finishes: 1

 

 

Richy Werenski: Fresh off a career-best P2 at the Barracuda, the 25-year-old rookie was top debutant with T10 on 14-under 266 (67-66-64-69). This is his fourth top 25 in his last five starts.

 

Werenski’s Season:

 

25 starts

15 made cuts

10 missed cuts

 

6 top 25s

3 top 10s

1 top 5

Form: T10-P2-T42-T18-T25

 

FEC rank: 108 (up 14)

OWGR: 187 (up 20)

 

 

 

Consecutive Top 10s on TOUR:

 

 

Richy Werenski (T10-P2)

Rickie Fowler (T5-9th)

Hideki Matsuyama (T5-1st)

Robert Garrigus (T6-T5-10th)

 

 

 

Consecutive Top-10 streaks ended:

 

 

Chris Stroud (CUT-T9-P1)

 

 

Leaders in Top-10 Finishes:

 

 

Rickie Fowler (9 in 17 events)

Justin Thomas (9 in 21 events)

 

Jordan Spieth (8 in 19 events)

 

Hideki Matsuyama (7 in 18)

Dustin Johnson (7 in 18)

Jon Rahm (7 in 19)

Kevin Kisner (7 in 24)

Brian Harman (7 in 26)

Charley Hoffman (7 in 27)

 

Rory McIlroy (6 in 11)

Brooks Koepka (6 in 20)

Paul Casey (6 in 20)

Daniel Berger (6 in 22)

Matt Kuchar (6 in 22)

Graham DeLaet (6 in 23)

Tony Finau (6 in 25)

 

 

 

Consecutive Top 25s on TOUR:

 

 

5- Rickie Fowler (T5-9th-T22-T3-T5)

 

4- Henrik Stenson (1st-T13-17-T11)

4- Martin Flores (T7-T11-T19-18)

4- Hideki Matsuyama (T5-1st-T14-T2)

4- Paul Casey (T13-T5-T11-T5)

4- Rory McIlroy (T22-T5-T4-T17)

4- Brooks Koepka (T13-T17-T6-1st)

 

3- Rory Sabbatini (T4-17th-T23)

3- Dustin Johnson (T13-T17-T8)

3- Ian Poulter (T22-3rd-T14)

3- Robert Garrigus (T6-T5-T10)



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