Rory McIlroy roasted Quail Hollow Club in setting the new course AND tournament record and is back to defend.
Last chance to win into THE PLAYERS next week for those who aren’t already qualified.
Charlotte has taken on plenty of rain over the last week and that won’t help the shorter hitters this week.
But first, let’s see what behind us before we go forward!
2015-16 Winners (at time of victory)
In 2014-15 there were 14 players in their 20s who won tournaments. They accounted for a whopping 24 victories in 47 events.
Under 30 Winners (9 different for 10 events)
- Emiliano Grillo, 23; Frys.com
- Smylie Kaufman, 23; Shriners
- Justin Thomas, 22; CIMB
- Peter Malnati, 28; SFC
- Jordan Spieth, 22; HTOC
- Hideki Matsuyama, 23; WMPO
- Jason Day, 28; API & WGC-Dell Match Play
- Danny Willett, 28; Masters
- Branden Grace, 27; RBC Heritage
The guys between 30-39 years of age produced 16 multiple champions in 17 events last season.
Winners 30-39 (12 players in 13 events)
- Russell Knox, 30; HSBC Champions
- Graeme McDowell, 36; OHL Mayakoba
- Kevin Kisner, 31; RSM Classic
- Fabian Gomez, 37; Sony Open
- Jason Dufner, 38; CB Challenge
- Brandt Snedeker, 35; Farmers Insurance Open
- Vaughn Taylor, 39; AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am
- Bubba Watson, 37; Northern Trust Open
- Adam Scott, 35; Honda Classic, WGC-Cadillac Championship
- Charl Schwartzel, 31; Valspar
- Jim Herman, 38; Shell Houston Open
- Charley Hoffman, 39; Valero Texas Open
- Brian Stuard, 33; Zurich Classic
There were only four winners last season from 47 events (Furyk, Cejka, Love III and Harrington). Sentimentality has no place in fantasy golf, folks.
- none, yet.45-year old Stuart Appleby finished T-11.
Last year the only rookie to pick up a first-place check was Canadian Nick Taylor. This season it took ONE EVENT to match that total.
- Emiliano Grillo; Frys.com
- Smylie Kaufman; Shriners
Rookies, journeyman, up-and-comers, I’ll keep track of them all. It’s a life-changer.
Three out of the last four winners on Tour have come from this column.
First-Time Winners on Tour
- 2013: 12
- 2014: 10
- 2015: 11
- 2016: (11 and counting)
- Emiliano Grillo (Frys.com)
- Smylie Kaufman (Shriners)
- Justin Thomas (CIMB)
- Peter Malnati (SFC)
- Russell Knox (WGC-HSBC Champions)
- Kevin Kisner (RSM)
- Tony Finau (PRO)
- Jim Herman (SHO)
- Danny Willett (Masters)
- Branden Grace (RBC Heritage)
- Brian Stuard (Zurich Classic)