100TH PGA CHAM­PI­ONSHIP: HIGH­LIGHTS AND FAST FACTS

Golf Asia - - GOLFING SCENE -

Brooks Koepka fired a fi­nal round 4 un­der par 66, good for a 16 un­der 264 to­tal and a two-stroke mar­gin of vic­tory. His 16 un­der to­tal ties Hen­rik Sten­son for the low­est 72 hole num­ber in ma­jor cham­pi­onship his­tory (2016 Open Cham­pi­onship at Troon). It was a dra­matic four days at the year's fi­nal ma­jor for Adam Scott, who played in the fi­nal group and fin­ished solo 3rd, his best per­for­mance at a ma­jor since win­ning the 2013 Masters. Scott switched to the new TS3 (10.5) driver the first week it was avail­able at the U.S. Open. The driver paid off all week at the PGA Cham­pi­onship, as Scott av­er­aged over 308 yards off the tee (T18), while also fin­ish­ing among the Top 20 in Greens in Reg­u­la­tion (T20/73.6%), Scram­bling (6/73.7%), Putts Per Greens in Reg­u­la­tion (T15/1.698) and Birdies (T4/20). The lone PGA club pro­fes­sional to make the cut - out of the 20 that par­tic­i­pated - was Titleist staff mem­ber Ben Kern from Ge­orge­town (TX) Coun­try Club. Kern played the Pro V1 golf ball and a full bag of Titleist equip­ment at Bel­lerive CC. He was one of only three play­ers in the field to fire a bo­gey-free 2nd round en­route to a 3-un­der par 67. Kern fin­ished at 3-un­der 277 to fin­ish T42, the best re­sult by a club pro­fes­sional in 13 years. Kern was play­ing the new TS3 driver, TS2 fair­way metal, 718 T-MB 3-iron and Scotty Cameron T5.5M put­ter for the first time in com­pe­ti­tion. Sta­tis­ti­cally he ranked 3rd in Driv­ing Ac­cu­racy (80.4%), hit­ting 45 of 56 fair­ways and he av­er­aged 299.2 yards off the tee. Webb Simp­son earned his way onto the 2018 U.S. Ry­der Cup team by se­cur­ing the eighth and fi­nal qual­i­fy­ing spot. Simp­son, who made the cut in all four ma­jors and won the PLAY­ERS Cham­pi­onship this year, fin­ished T19 this week af­ter fir­ing four con­sec­u­tive rounds in the 60's. In fact, seven of the eight 2018 U.S. Ry­der Cup team qual­i­fiers play Titleist golf balls, in­clud­ing the 2018 U.S. Open and PGA Cham­pi­onship win­ner, the 2018 Masters win­ner, Jor­dan Spi­eth, Justin Thomas, Bubba Wat­son, Rickie Fowler and Webb Simp­son.

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