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Recent Winners and Notables

2020: Viktor Hovland (-20, 268; Not Entered)

Rookie won by a shot in only his 17th TOUR start. … Led by two after 54 holes (-18). … Shared the 36-hole lead with three others (-10). … Won with a triple bogey on the card Sunday. … Missed tying Chesson Hadley’s (not entered) tournament record by a shot. … Fourth first-time winner in the last six. … Fourth rookie winner in the last 10. … Youngest winner at 22 years of age. … One top 25 in his previous four events entering (T23). … First time playing event. … Won on Paspalum at Mayakoba in December of 2020.

Notables:

Veteran Josh Teater (2nd) missed a playoff by a shot; led the field in GIR for his best TOUR finish. … Emiliano Grillo (T3) couldn’t capitalize on his first 36-hole co-lead on TOUR. … Sam Ryder (T3) posted 65 in Round 2 but still finished four back of Teater. … Ted Potter, Jr., (T6) added another windy top 10 to his resume. … Joseph Bramlett (T9) was T6 GIR and only made four bogeys. … Rob Oppenheim (T9) joined Teater as the only two players in the top 10 with all four rounds in the 60s. … Wes Roach (T9) finished T3 GIR. … Vincent Whaley (T9) closed with 65, second best round on Sunday. … Jhonattan Vegas (T9) circled 11 birdies in the final round to post the new course record of 62. … Defending champ Martin Trainer MC. … Only three rounds ABOVE par were posted by the top 26 players. … 2-under advanced to the weekend. … 36 bogey-free rounds for the week as the weather was PERFECT.

2019: Martin Trainer (-15, 273)

Picked up his first win on TOUR in just his 11th start. … Won by three after trailing by two entering the final round. … Closed with 67, second best round on Sunday, and matched his lowest for the week. … Third first time winner in the last five. … Third rookie winner in the last nine. … Led the field in birdies (23). … T28 Pebble Beach was his previous best finish.

Notables:

Aaron Baddeley (T2) couldn’t hold the 54-hole lead but picked up his second top 10 in two starts here. … Roger Sloan (T2) racked up his best finish on TOUR. … Johnson Wagner (T2) was the only player to post all four rounds in the 60s. … Shawn Stefani (T6) closed with 65 and tied the low round of the week. … 2013 winner Scott Brown (T10) picked up his fifth top 10 paycheck in eight starts. … JJ Henry (T10) had a piece of the course record before last year and has posted plenty of low ones on this track. … First tournament back after Hurricane Maria. … Andres Romero (T25) led after the first round for the second time in five events here (2013) with a bogey-free 66. … DJ Trahan (T16) was one of three who shared the 36-hole lead on 8-under. … No previous winner has repeated as 2017 winner DA Points cashed T42. … Cut was 1-over 145. … Course rated the 15th most difficult of 48 used on TOUR in 2019 #WINDY. … Just 20 bogey-free rounds on the week.

2017: DA Points (-20, 268)

40-year old veteran cashed his third win on TOUR. … Missed tying the course record by a shot. … Opened with five consecutive birdies in Round 4. … Posted 66 on Sunday to defeat Bryson DeChambeau (not entered) by two strokes. … Missed only EIGHT GIR for the week! … Sat one back after 18 after 64. … Tied with DeChambeau thru 36 (-11). … Trailed by one after 54. … Won his fourth appearance. … Rolled in on the back of T66-MC-T39.

Notables:

Peter Uihlein (T5) picked up his second top 10 here. … JJ Henry (T8) tied the course record for the third time during the tournament with 63 on Sunday. … Mark Anderson (T10) posted all four rounds in the 60s. … Native son Rafael Campos (T10) backed up his T8 from 2016. … Tim Wilkinson (T17) carded 63 in Round 2. … Only five rounds over par from the top 29 players. … Played the fifth easiest course on TOUR of the 50 used in 2017 (no wind). … Needed 3-under to play the weekend. … Only four total rounds over par from the top 30 finishers. … Last time played in late March, as the event moved to February in 2019.

Key stat leaders

Top golfers in each statistic on the 2019-2020 PGA TOUR are listed only if they are scheduled to compete this week.
* – Top 10 finish here since 2016

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