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Kizzire breaks through at OHL

Monday, November 13, 2017


OHL Classic at Mayakoba

Playa del Carmen, Mexico

 

 

With preferred lies in effect, third-round leader and World No. 236 Patton Kizzire painted a bogey-free 4-under-par 33-34=67 in Sunday’s final round at El Camaleón Golf Club to reach 19-under 265, good for a one-shot win over second-round co-leader and playing competitor Rickie Fowler (67).

 

The 31-year-old, a pre-tourney 60/1 outright, claims his first PGA TOUR title in his 63rd career start, supplanting previous bests of 2nd at the 2017 Safeway (as 54-hole leader) and T2 at the 2016 Shriners.

 

Overall, it's his 11th career top-10 finish and third of the season in four starts, arriving off T4 at last week’s Shriners and T10 two weeks ago at the opposite-field Sanderson Farms.

 

At the Shriners, he was T4 thru 36 holes, stumbled to T29 with 5-over 76 in R3, but rebounded with a 64 in R4.

 

The Auburn alum wins in his second OHL appearance, brushing aside a T58 two years ago during his rookie season.

 

Si Woo Kim (65) finished in solo 3rd, four back, while Charles Howell III (66) and Martin Piller (65) shared 4th place, five adrift.

 

 

Final Leaderboard:

 

 

1- Patton Kizzire 62-70-66-67= 265 (-19)

2- Rickie Fowler 65-67-67-67= 266 (-18)

3- Si Woo Kim 67-68-69-65= 269 (-15)

T4- Charles Howell III 68-70-66-66= 270 (-14)

T4- Martin Piller 66-68-71-65= 270 (-14)

 

 

Kim’s solo 3rd was his fourth career top-3 finish in 76 career events and his first top 10 since winning the second (of two) TOUR titles at the 2017 PLAYERS.

Season Form: 3-T69-T44-77

 

Howell III’s T4 is his first top 10 since P2 at the 2017 Quicken Loans back in June, but his third straight top 25.

Season Form: T4-T15-T19-T51

 

Piller’s T4 ties a career best (T4, 2016 Valero Texas Open) and is just a third top 10 in 52 career events, first since T6 at the 2016 DEAN & DELUCA 76 weeks ago on a sponsor invite.

Season Form: T4-CUT-T43-T69

 

 

 

Kizzire collects 500 FedExCup (FEC) points for the victory and vaults 29 spots to a career-high 1st in the FEC standings, three points ahead of Pat Perez, who had held the top spot for three weeks in a row.

 

Perez, second-highest in the field in OWGR (18th), finished T34 – as defending champ – on 6-under 278 (67-74-71-66), ending a streak of six consecutive top-25 finishes that began with T6 at the Dell Technologies (2nd leg of Playoffs) in September.

 

 

Updated Top 10 in FEC standings (points):

 

 

1. Patton Kizzire (649)

2. Pat Perez (646); DOWN one

3. Brendan Steele (556); DOWN one

4. Patrick Cantlay (555); DOWN one

5. Justin Rose (550); DOWN one

6. Justin Thomas (548); DOWN one

7. Tony Finau (453); DOWN one

8. Chesson Hadley (443); DOWN one

9. Whee Kim (411); DOWN one

10. Ryan Armour (341); DOWN one

 

 

With the win, Kizzire earns a two-year exemption on TOUR (thru 2019-20) and a host of invites, including to the 2018 Sentry Tournament of Champions, the Masters (his first), THE PLAYERS, and the PGA Championship.

 

He is the third, first-time winner on TOUR this season (seven events) and third straight (Armour, Sanderson Farms; Cantlay, Shriners).

 

In 28 starts last season – his second on TOUR – the Montgomery, Alabama, native went 14-for-28 with five top 25s, three top 10s and one individual top 5, a solo 2nd at the Safeway, where he led by one after 54 holes and shot 2-under 70 for solo 2nd.

 

He bowed out of the Playoffs with missed cuts at the THE NORTHERN TRUST and Dell, and opened this season with a MC at the Safeway.

 

 

Kizzire’s 2016-17 Season:

 

28 starts

14 made cuts

14 missed cuts

 

5 top 25s

3 top 10s

2 top 5s

1 runner-up

FEC Rank: 99th

 

 

NOTE: Kizzire’s other top 5 was at the Zurich Classic (T5), teamed with fellow-Tiger Jason Dufner.

 

 

 

Field Scoring Average:

 

 

This was the 11th playing of the OHL with all 11 contested at El Camaleón GC:

 

 

6,987 yards; par 71 (36-35)

 

 

R1: 70.348

R2: 70.504

R3: 70.654

R4: 69.654

 

Total: 70.323

 

Kizzire: 62-70-66-67

 

 

NOTES:

Shot Link not in use at OHL= No strokes gained stats

Rounds 2 and 3 where both contested over two-day periods

Rounds 3 and 4 used preferred lies

 

 

 

Leader/co-leaders by Round:

 

 

R1: Patton Kizzire (Won): Improves to 1-for-1 as 18-hole leader/co-leader

 

R2: Patton Kizzire (Won): Improves to 1-for-1 as 36-hole leader/co-leader

R2: Patrick Rodgers (T14): Drops to 0-for-2

R2: Rickie Fowler (2nd): Drops to 0-for-7

 

R3: Patton Kizzire (Won): Improves to 1-for-3 as 54-hole leader/co-leader

 

 

 

Kizzire’s Position by Round:

 

 

R1: 1  

R2: T1

R3: 1

 

 

 

How Kizzire Won on Sunday:

 

 

After kicking off in career-low 62, 66-67, the Sea Island, Georgia, resident led after R1, co-led after R2, and led by one over Fowler heading to the finale.

 

Along with 12 other players, he had to play 36 holes on Sunday due to 7 hours, 25 minutes’ worth of weather delays on Friday and Saturday and two suspensions in play (darkness).

 

In an effort to get the festivities completed on Sunday, there was no re-pairing between Rounds 3 – which was completed at 12:30 pm Sunday – and 4, which began at 10:40 am.

 

The last tourney to not re-pair between Rounds 3 and 4 was the 2017 Genesis back in February, won by second- and third-round leader Dustin Johnson.

 

Kizzire was grouped with second-round co-leader Fowler for the final 36, along with second-round co-leader Patrick Rodgers.

 

Rodgers fell off the pace with a R3 72, dipping to T7 on 9-under, six back of Kizzire. Had there been a re-pairing, he would have played out of the fifth-to-last threesome, but instead, accompanied Kizzire, 15-under, and Fowler, 14-under. He shot a final-round 70 for T14, nine in arrears (67-65-72-70).

 

Kizzire hit eight (of 14) fairways and 14 greens in regulation, circling four at holes 2, 4, 5 and 11. He recorded 1.786 putts per GIR with 29 total putts.

 

His one-shot lead at the beginning immediately increased to two, opening with par to Fowler’s bogey (failed scramble). Kizzire increased the margin to three at the break, turning in 33 to Fowler’s 35.

 

After his fourth (and final) birdie of the round at 11, his margin was now four.

 

Kizzire began to wobble a bit with three straight missed fairways at 12-14, but canned three, mid-range par-savers, including for a 5 at 13 after hitting his tee ball OB.

 

Fowler hit all three of those fairways, but didn’t take advantage, missing two of the three GIR. He did muster an up-and-down birdie-4 at 13 to trim the lead to three.

 

Kizzire rounded off his lap with four consecutive two-putts pars, while Fowler circled 16 and 17, now just one back, but couldn’t get inside Kizzire’s approach to the par-4 18th – out of the rough – despite being markedly closer and in the fairway.

 

Fowler had about a 50-footer for birdie to tie, but left it short. Kizzire cozied his to tap-in distance for the victory.

 

Fowler striped 12 (of 14) fairways but conjured just 12 GIR.

 

 

 

Kizzire vs. Fowler: Round 4 Stats (ranking of 78 players):

 

 

Driving Accuracy:

Kizzire: 57.14% (T49)

Fowler: 85.71% (T8)

 

GIR:

Kizzire: 77.78% (T14)

Fowler: 66.67% (T38)

 

Scrambling:

Kizzire: 100% (T1)

Fowler: 66.67% (T25)

 

Total Putts:

Kizzire: 29 (T29)

Fowler: 25 (T5)

 

One-Putts:

Kizzire: 7 (T27) at 38.89%

Fowler: 11 (T2) at 61.11%

 

 

 

Runner-Up:

 

 

Rickie Fowler: As noted above, the 28-year-old drops to 0-for-7 when leading/co-leading after 36 holes.

 

Chasing his fifth TOUR title in 197 career events (192 pro), he settles for his 12th runner-up finish, second in his last three starts dating to T2 at the 2017 BMW Championship (3rd leg of Playoffs).

 

Three of Fowler’s four titles have been in come-from-behind fashion, most recently at the 2015 Deutsche Bank (now THE NORTHERN TRUST), where he came from one back with 3-under 68 to win by one.

 

His last win came at the 2017 Honda, 18 starts ago, where he was the 54-hole leader by four, shot 1-over 71, and won by four – his first win in five tries as 54-hole leader/co-leader.

 

The Oklahoma State product was making his tournament and season debut and was top-ranked in OWGR and the pre-tourney fave outright. He posted rounds of 65-67-67-67.

 

 

 

100

 

In the last 100 events on TOUR, the pre-tourney fave/co-fave has won SEVEN times. That’s a conversion percentage of just 7.00%.

 

 

This Season:

 

7 tournaments

1 pre-tourney fave won:

 

 

Justin Thomas: 15/2 (CJ CUP)

 

 

Last Season:

 

47 tournaments

4 pre-tourney faves won:

 

 

Henrik Stenson: 14/1 Wyndham (co-fave)

Jordan Spieth: 12/1 The Open

Jordan Spieth: 8/1 Travelers

Dustin Johnson: 13/2 WGC-Mexico

 

 

This week’s favorite(s):

 

 

Fowler (9/1): finished solo 2nd

 

  

Last week’s winner(s):

 

 

Patrick Cantlay (idle)

 

 

 

How Kizzire Won the Tournament:

 

 

Ranked 1st: Par-4 Scoring

Ranked T1: Birdies

 

 

Kizzire’s Weekly Stats (ranking of 78 players):

 

 

Birdies: 25 (T1)

Bogeys: 4 (T4)

Double Bogeys: 1 (T32)

 

Par-3 Scoring: 2.75 (T16)

Par-4 Scoring: 3.84 (1st)

Par-5 Scoring: 4.33 (T3)

 

Driving Accuracy: 35/56 (T52) at 62.50%

GIR: 54/72 (T7) at 75.00%

Putts per GIR: 1.611 (4th)

Total Putts: 107 (T5)

Putts by Round: 25-30-23-29

Scrambling: 13/18 (13th) at 72.22%

All Around: (2nd)

 

 

 

Updated Top 10 in OWGR:

 

 

With a Strength of Field rating of 159 (up from 150 last year), Kizzire banks 32.00 world-ranking points and vaults 117 places to 119th in OWGR. His career high is 54th after the 2016 Wells Fargo.

 

 

1. Dustin Johnson

2. Jordan Spieth

3. Justin Thomas

4. Hideki Matsuyama

5. Jon Rahm

6. Justin Rose

7. Rickie Fowler (UP three)

8. Rory McIlroy

9. Henrik Stenson

10. Brooks Koepka (DOWN three)

 

 

 

Draw:

 

 

Last season: 33 (of 47) tourneys had a traditional draw:

 

 

WINNERS:

 

EARLY/late: 21 (63.6%)

 

LATE/early: 12

 

 

This season: 4 (of 7) tourney with traditional draw:

 

 

WINNERS:

 

EARLY/late: 3 (75.0%)

Kizzire

 

LATE/early: 1

 

 

A total of 79 pros from a field of 132 pros made the 36-hole cut of 1-under 141:

 

 

37 (of 62) EARLY/late; 4 WDs

 

42 (of 65) LATE/early; 1 WD

 

 

NOTE: Chesson Hadley, who opened the season with three consecutive top 5s, made the cut – on the number – but WD during R3 (illness), his first mid-tourney WD in his 100th career start.

 

 

 

13 players finished in the top 10:

 

 

9 EARLY/late: Patton Kizzire (Won), Rickie Fowler (2nd), Martin Piller (T4), Ryan Moore (T6), Scott Brown (T6), John Oda (8th), Brian Stuard (T9), Emiliano Grillo (T9), Abraham Ancer (T9)

 

4 LATE/early: Si Woo Kim (3rd), Charles Howell III (T4), Russell Knox (T9), Alex Cejka (T9)

 

 

NOTE: Kizzire is the second straight EARLY/late winner at the OHL, third in the last five years.

 

 

 

Low Rounds:

 

 

R1: Patton Kizzire (62)

R2: Brian Gay, Roberto Diaz, Denny McCarthy, Patrick Rodgers, John Oda (65)

R3: Abraham Ancer (65)

R4: Zach Johnson (64)

 

 

 

Bogey-free Rounds:

 

 

R1: Vaughn Taylor (64), Rickie Fowler (65), Patrick Rodgers (67), Ben Silverman (68), Brian Stuard (69), Richy Werenski (69)

R2: Brian Gay (65), Roberto Diaz (65), Denny McCarthy (65), Alex Cejka (67), Matt Jones (67), Emiliano Grillo (67), Si Woo Kim (68), Kevin Streelman (68), Brice Garnett (68), Ryan Armour (69)

R3: Whee Kim (67), Ryan Moore (67), Alex Cejka (68), Kevin Streelman (69)

R4: Brian Stuard (65), Charles Howell III (66), Patton Kizzire (67), Ryan Moore (68)

 

NOTE: Multiple bogey-free rounds: Stuard (x2), Moore (x2), Cejka (x2), Streelman (x2)

 

 

 

43

 

Last season, 43 (of 48) winners were 39-years-old or younger

 

28 winners were in their 20s

15 were in their 30s

5 were in their 40s

 

 

Through 7 events this season:

 

2 winners were in their 20s

3 were in their 30s (Kizzire: age: 31)

2 were in their 40s

 

 

 

TOUR Rookies &/or First-Timers:

 

 

TOUR Rookies: 22

Top-10 finishes: 0

 

 

Xinjun Zhang: Making his tournament debut, the 30-year-old was top rookie with a career-best T20 on 9-under 275 (66-73-70-66), two swings short of a T10. His previous best – in six career TOUR starts – was T21 at the 2017 WGC-HSBC last October. It’s Zhang’s first low-rookie honor in his fourth start of the season.

 

Form: T20-CUT-T44-T37

FEC Rank: 80th (UP 41)

OWGR: 287th (UP 17)

 

 

 

First-Timers: 38

Top-10 finishes: 2

 

 

Fowler was top debutant. Joining him in the top 10 was:

 

John Oda: Making his tournament and professional debut, the sponsor invite and World No. 1940 patched together a 1-under-par 35-35=70 in the final round, dipping five spots to a career-best solo 8th on 12-under 272 (68-65-69-70).

 

The Honolulu native and former UNLV golfer was one of 13 who had to endure 36 holes on Sunday and played out of the penultimate threesome in both rounds (preferred lies). This was his fourth career TOUR start, first cash, and accepted a top-10 exemption into this coming week's RSM.

 

Oda collects 85 non-member FEC points and is the new leader in the non-member standings.

 

FEC Rank: N/A

OWGR: 922 (UP 1,018)

 

 

 

Field Breakdown & Top-10 Finishes:

 

 

OWGR field average: 356th

OWGR average for top-10 finishers: 282nd  

 

Overall, 13 players finished in the top 10.

 

 

4 of the Top 25 in OWGR were in the field

1 finished in the top 10

 

8 of the Top 50 OWGR

2 finished in the top 10

 

 

No. 10 Fowler (2nd)

No. 45 Si Woo Kim (3rd)

 

 

Other top-10 finishers:

 

No. 52 Ryan Moore (T6)

No. 61 Charles Howell III (T4)

No. 63 Emiliano Grillo (T9)

No. 66 Russell Knox (T9)

No. 116 Scott Brown (T6)

No. 196 Alex Cejka (T9)

No. 219 Brian Stuard (T9)

No. 236 Kizzire (Won)

No. 287 Abraham Ancer (T9)

No. 382 Martin Piller (T4)

No. 1940 John Oda (8th)

 

 

Other Notables:

 

 

No. 18 Pat Perez (T34); defender

No. 22 Patrick Reed (CUT)

No. 24 Charley Hoffman (CUT)

No. 30 Kevin Chappell (CUT)

No. 41 Jhonattan Vegas (T61)

No. 48 Zach Johnson (T23)

 

 

 

Consecutive Top 10s on TOUR:

 

 

Justin Rose (1-T10-T2-T10-T10)

Jordan Spieth (T7-T7-2-P2)

Patton Kizzire (1-T4-T10)

Brooks Koepka (T2-6)

Peter Uihlein (T5-T10)

Brian Harman (8-T5)

Cameron Smith (3-T5)

Alex Cejka (T9-P2)

 

 

Consecutive Top-10 streaks ended:

 

 

Chesson Hadley (WD-T4-2-T3)

Whee Kim (T45-P2-4)

Beau Hossler (T34-T7-T10)

 

 

 

5 (of 7) winners had a top-25 finish the start prior (71.4%): Kizzire T4 (Shriners)

 

2 (of 7) winners had a top-10 finish the start prior (28.5%): Kizzire T4 (Shriners)

 

 

 

4 (of 7) winners this season have emerged out of the FINAL group on Sunday

 

 

Outliers:

 

 

Patrick Cantlay (Shriners): Third-to-last threesome; erased 4-shot deficit w/ 4-under 67; won 3-man PLAYOFF (Cejka, Kim, W)

 

Justin Rose (WGC-HSBC): Penultimate threesome; erased 8-shot deficit w/ 5-under 67; won by two (Stenson, Koepka, Johnson D)

 

Brendan Steele (Safeway): Penultimate threesome; defender erased 2-shot deficit w/ 3-under 69; won by one (Finau).

 

 

 

Career-Best Finishes:

 

 

Patton Kizzire (Won)

John Oda (8th)

Abraham Ancer (T9)

Xinjun Zhang (T20)

Roberto Diaz (T25)

Conrad Shindler (T50)

Lanto Griffin (T61)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



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