Thursday 23 November 2017

Numbers game

$39 The price PGA Tour Player of the Year Jim Furyk paid for the ‘Yes! Golf Sophia’ putter he used to land a $11.35m jackpot at September’s Tour Championship.

In an idle moment during the Deutsche Bank Championship in Boston three weeks earlier, Furyk visited Joe & Leigh’s Discount Golf Pro Shop at Pine Oaks GC. As he browsed, he tried out a couple of putters and this one caught his eye.

Learning it was discounted from $69, he bought it, putting it in his bag at The Tour Championship.

358 The number of places Europe’s winning captain Colin Montgomerie careered down the world rankings since being elected skipper early in 2009. “When I started the Ryder Cup campaign, I was 47th in the world. I’m currently 405th. I hope that’s purely coincidental and not because I’ve just gone down the hill as a player,” said Monty, who hopes to make the European team in 2012. “I’d love to get back into the world’s top100 as quickly as possible; start competing again and become part of the European Tour’s success as a player, not just as an administrator.”

1 Padraig Harrington failed to match or beat par in all but one of his 10 rounds at the Majors in 2010. That solitary sub-par effort, a one-under 71, came on Friday at Whistling Straits as he missed the cut in the US PGA. The Dubliner made the cut just once at the Majors this year, the US Open where he tied-22nd behind Graeme McDowell. In all, Harrington was 40-over-par for the 20 rounds he played at the Majors since winning the US PGA in 2008. Rory McIlroy was four-under for the same eight events!

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