On Sunday Max Homa failed to win Jack Nicklaus' Memorial Tournament at Muirfield Village but the 31-year-old American broke a historic PGA Tour record. Since 1983 and the beginning of the collection of this kind of statistics no one had managed to take less than 100 putts over 4 rounds in an American circuit tournament!
Several players had approached the symbolic mark, the first in 2004 was the South African Ernie Els, but none had managed to go below this mythical bar.
Max Homa, statements
It's been done since Sunday and the happy record holder is the friendly Max Homa who only needed 99 putts for the 72 holes of the formidable Ohio course.
Or less than 25 putts on average per round! Note that Max Homa still finished 7 strokes behind the winner Billy Horschel and is only in 11th place in the Stroke Gain Putting ranking over the 4 rounds. The winner of Wells Fargo at the beginning of May takes 7th place in the FedEx Cup.
The PGA Tour is the most prestigious golf tour, with tournaments taking place mainly in the United States.
The PGA Tour season (The Professional Golfers' Association) runs from January to November. There are usually small changes from season to season, and the normal is approx.
47-50 tournaments spread over 44-45 weeks, including one or more team tournaments without a cash prize. The geography of the tour is determined by the weather. The tour starts in Hawaii in January (Aloha Season), spends most of the first two months in California and Arizona (West Coast Swing), and then moves to Florida (Southern Swing).
In April, it begins to move north. The summer months are spent mainly in the northeastern and central parts of the United States, and in the fall the tour moves south again (Fall Finish). From the 2007 season, the fall season changed its name to the Fall Series.
For a few weeks, two tournaments are held simultaneously; a "regular" with varying status, and a "secondary" with lower status, weaker starting field and smaller prize pool. "Secondary" tournaments are often considered an opportunity for weaker players (close to or below 125th place on the money list) to pick up or achieve two-year playing rights by winning a tournament.
Not all PGA Tour tournaments are hosted by the PGA TOUR. The USGA and R&A are behind some tournaments. Four tournaments have major status. Some are played as "pro-am", where two competitions take place at the same time and amateurs can participate together with professionals.