Daniel Berger was 34th in round 1 but wins St. Jude Classic

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Daniel Berger
Final-Round Notes – Sunday, June 11, 2017
Weather: Mostly sunny with a high of 89. Wind S 8-12 mph.
FINAL Leaderboard
Daniel Berger                70-68-66-66—270 (-10)
Charl Schwartzel           65-66-74-66—271 (-9)
Whee Kim                     69-66-69-67—271 (-9)
Daniel Berger
Full Name: Daniel F. Berger
Height: 6-1       Weight: 175
Birthday: April 7, 1993
Birthplace: Plantation, Florida
Residence: Jupiter, Florida
Family: Single
Education: Florida State University
Turned professional: 2013
Joined PGA TOUR: 2014-15
Web.com Tour Graduate (2014)
Daniel Berger was T34 after opening 70-68, but responded with rounds of 66-66 on the weekend to secure a 1-stroke victory of Charl Schwartzel and Whee Kim. Berger started the day three off the lead of Stewart Cink, Ben Crane and Rafa Cabrera Bello and carded bogey-free round of 66, one of just two on the day Sunday.
Wins second PGA TOUR event in 74th PGA TOUR professional start at the age of 24 years, 2 months, 4 days.
With 500 FedExCup points, moves from 36th to 10th in the FedExCup Standings and moves from 11th to fifth in the 2017 U.S. Presidents Cup standings with a total of 4,224 points.
The 2015 PGA TOUR Rookie of the Year has qualified for the season-ending TOUR Championship each of his two seasons on TOUR, finishing 11th in the FedExCup in 2014-15 and 26th in 2015-16.
The high school class of 2011 on the PGA TOUR has accounted for five wins in 30 events this season: Justin Thomas (3), Jordan Spieth (1) and Berger (1). Berger is the 14th different winner (17 total wins) under the age of 30 in 30 events in 2016-17.
Third player to successfully defend a PGA TOUR title in 2016-17, joining Justin Thomas (CIMB Classic) and Hideki Matsuyama (Waste Management Phoenix Open).
Last four players to win same event for first two victories back-to-back
Daniel Berger, 2016, 2017 FedEx St. Jude Classic
Justin Thomas, 2015, 2016 CIMB Classic
Matt Every, 2014, 2015 Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by MasterCard
Boo Weekley, 2007, 2008 RBC Canadian Open
Back-to-back winner Berger is one of just four players to have been able to successfully defend their title at the FedEx St. Jude Classic along with Dave Hill (1969-70), Lee Trevino (1971-72), David Toms (2003-04). Toms and Berger are the only players to successfully defend since the event moved to TPC Southwind in 1989.
Projected to move from No. 43 to No. 23 in the Official World Golf Ranking.
The winning score of 270 for Berger was the highest since Ben Crane won with an identical 270 total in 2014.
Berger led the field in Strokes Gained – Tee to Green this week (3.050).
Berger 2016-17: Starts: 16        Wins: 1             Top-10 finishes: 4          Made cuts: 12
Braden Thornberry
A week after he was named the NCAA Individual Champion, Ole Miss golfer Braden Thornberry made his PGA TOUR debut as an amateur at the FedEx St. Jude Classic, just 15 minutes from his hometown of Olive Branch, Miss. With his T4 finish, Thornberry turned in the best finish for an amateur at a PGA TOUR event since Lee McCoy finished solo fourth at the 2016 Valspar Championship. Playing as an amateur, Thornberry’s top-10 performance DOES NOT qualify him for the Travelers Championship in two weeks.
Thornberry’s bogey-free 65 on Sunday was one of just two on the day along with champion Daniel Berger.
The best finish by an amateur at the FedEx St. Jude Classic is Mason Rudolph in 1958, who finished third.
Only three amateurs have finished in the top 10 in the history of the FedEx St. Jude Classic: Mason Rudolph (3rd/1958), Hillman Robbins (9th/1958) and Deane Beaman (T10/1965).
Phil Mickelson
Making his seventh start in the FedEx St. Jude Classic, turned in his fourth consecutive round in the 60s, posting rounds of 69-67-69-68—273 to finish ninth. Since the 2013 FedEx St. Jude Classic, Mickelson has four top-10s in five starts — two runner-ups (2013 and 2016), a T3 (2015) and today’s ninth-place finish.
For the third straight day, Mickelson’s round was derailed by a double-bogey or worse:
Round 2 – Double-bogey on No. 9
Round 3 – Double-bogey on No. 18
Round 4 – Triple-bogey on No. 12
Mickelson is the most under-par player at the FedEx St. Jude Classic in the last five years.
Most Under Par at FedEx St. Jude Classic since 2013
Phil Mickelson
-41
Billy Horschel
-26
Additional player notes
With a tie for second this week, Charl Schwartzel now has three top-10 finishes in the 2016-17 PGA TOUR Season, a sixth at the Valspar Championship and a solo-third at the Masters Tournament. Schwartzel missed the cut in his only other previous start at the FedEx St. Jude Classic in 2010.
Whee Kim, in his third full year on the PGA TOUR, posted his best-ever TOUR finish in his 69th start with a tie for second this week. He previously finished T3 at both the 2016 John Deere Classic at 2015 Barbasol Championship.
In addition to Daniel Berger successfully defending his title, two other past FedEx St. Jude Classic champions finished in the top 10 this week: 2013 FedExCup champion Harris English posted a final-round 65 to finish T10 while Ben Crane, the 2014 champion, struggled on Sunday after holding a share of the 54-hole lead but still managed to finish T10.
Three players had two eagles this week: Brandon Hagy, Luke List and Kyle Reifers.
Seven players shared low round of the week at 64: Scott Brown, Stewart Cink, Matt Every, J.B. Holmes, Billy Horschel, Sebastian Munoz, Adam Scott.
With a win by Rafa Cabrera Bello (T4) this week, it would have marked the first time (since 1971) that three or more Spain natives won on the PGA TOUR in the same season:
  • 2017: Sergio Garcia (Masters), Jon Rahm (Farmers Insurance Open)
  • 2002: Sergio Garcia (SBS Tournament of Champions), Jose Maria Olazabal (Farmers Insurance Open)
Miscellaneous Notes
Bogey-free rounds:
R1: Chad Campbell (68), Matt Every (64), Whee Kim (69), Sebastian Munoz (64).
R2: Stewart Cink (68), Joel Dahman (66), Julian Etulain (67), Bobby Gates (66), Chez Reavie (65).
R3: Ben Crane (68), Scott Stallings (65).
R4: Daniel Berger (66), Braden Thornberry (65)
Scoring Averages at the par-70 TPC Southwind
                        Front 9             Back 9             Total                Cumulative
Thursday          35.417              35.821              71.237              —
Friday               34.992              35.039              69.961              70.599
Saturday           35.244              35.442              70.686              70.600
Sunday             35.324              35.352              70.676              70.630

 

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