Discover Golf : October 2018
TOUR | NUMBERS 9 Image Credit: Stephen Dunn / Getty Images Go Figure MOMENTS THAT COUNT 23 - KOEPKA REACHES NEW HEIGHTS On October 21, Brooks Koepka claimed the CJ Cup @ NINE BRIDGES to become the new world No. 1 golfer. Koepka, who displaced Dustin Johnson at the top, is the 23rd male golfer to reach world No. 1 and the third player this year to reach that mark for the first time, joining Justin Rose and Justin Thomas. 500 - COUPLES MILESTONE CUT Fred Couples fired a stunning 7-under 65 to make the cut at the PGA Tour’s season-opening Safeway Open in California. It was the 59-year-old’s 500th cut on the PGA Tour. Couples went on to finish in a tie for 41st. 3 - GARCIA SCORES TRIFECTA Sergio Garcia collected the Andalucia Valderrama Masters for his 15th European Tour victory and 33rd win worldwide. The Spaniard won by four shots over Shane Lowry. He became the first man to win the same tournament three editions in a row in Europe since Colin Montgomerie won the BMW PGA Championship between 1998 and 2000. 94 - KAY ACHIEVES FIRST IN QUEENSLAND OPEN HISTORY Becky Kay is one of Australia’s top ranked female amateur golfers. The 19-year-old will tee off against the men at the Isuzu Queensland Open starting on November 1 at The Brisbane Golf Club. This is the first time in the 94-year history of the Queensland Open that a female will participate in the event. Kay has enjoyed a brilliant year including wins at the Riversdale Cup, SA Amateur and WA Amateur. She represented Australia at the World Amateur Teams Championship in Ireland. Kay achieved the exemption during a trial at The Brisbane Golf Club where she posted a 2-under round from the men’s championship tees to earn her spot. 2019 - STEPHENSON ALL CLASS Australia’s Jan Stephenson has been confirmed by the World Golf Hall of Fame as an inductee for the class of 2019. The 66-year-old enjoyed a remarkable playing career in the 70s and 80s highlighted by three major championship victories. Stephenson collected 16 LPGA Tour wins and was named the LPGA Tour’s Rookie of the Year in 1974. Stephenson’s fellow 2019 inductees include South African multiple major winner Retief Goosen, former Augusta National chairman Billy Payne, Dennis Walters and the late Peggy Kirk Bell.