Final-Round Notes – Sunday, July 23, 2017
Weather: Partly cloudy, hot and humid with highs near 90. SW wind 5-10 mph.
Grayson Murray 67-64-64-68—263 (-21)
Chad Collins 67-60-69-68—264 (-20)
Scott Stallings 69-65-60-71—265 (-19)
Brian Gay 69-63-68-65—265 (-19)
Tag Ridings 66-67-63-69—265 (-19)
Grayson Murray (58th FedExCup)
Wins his first PGA TOUR victory in just his 24th start on Tour with a one-stroke over Chad Collins. Finishes with a 72-hole total of 21-under-par 263, a tournament record after rounds of 67-64-64-68.
He earns 300 points in the FedExCup race and moves from 127th to 60th place.
The 23-year-old Raleigh, NC resident, is fully exempt through 2018-19 with his victory and earns a berth in the 2017 PGA Championship and the following 2018 events: SBS Tournament of Champions, CareerBuilder Challenge, Arnold Palmer Invitational, RBC Heritage, THE PLAYERS Championship, DEAN & DELUCA Invitational, the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide and Quicken Loans Invitational.
His lone top-10 finish of the season prior to his victory today was last October at the Sanderson Farms Championship (T8).
Murray had made 14 of 24 cuts coming into the event. In his two previous starts he withdrew from The Greenbrier Classic and missed last week’s cut at the John Deere Classic.
He was the 2016 Web.com Tour Finals leading money winner. On that Tour last year, he won the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship in Columbus, OH.
Chad Collins (127th FedExCup)
Finished T2 after rounds of 67-60-69-68 for a 72-hole total of 20-under-par 264.
Had an opportunity to tie for the lead at No. 18 in the final round but missed a six-foot birdie opportunity.
Led by four strokes after 36 holes, following a tournament record-tying 11-under-par 60 on Friday.
Did not make a bogey on the back nine in the event and was a combined 17-under-par on those holes.
Sunday’s T2 finish was the best of his PGA TOUR career. His previous best was a third-place effort last year at the Valero Texas Open.
Tag Ridings, who led for part of the final round, saw his chances slip away when he made a double bogey on No. 16. It would eventually lead to a T3 finish along with Scott Stallings and Brian Gay.
Third-round leader Scott Stallings was unable to get off to the start he wanted on Sunday. He was even-par after 15 holes, and got within one of the lead with a birdie at No. 16, but was unable to close the gap. He missed an 18-footer for birdie at No. 17 and finished with a bogey at No. 18, missing his par putt from 10 feet.
It was another productive Sunday for rookie Ryan Blaum. Two weeks after posting a final-round 6-under-par 64 at The Greenbrier Classic to finish T7, he fired a final-round 7-under-par 64 on Sunday to finish T6. He had come into the event 105th on the FedExCup points list and moved up to 97th.
Brian Gay’s four rounds in the 60s in this event led to a T3 finish, his best showing in the current campaign and best since late in 2013 when he was T4 at The McGladrey Classic.
John Merrick made the third hole-in-one in tournament history when he aced No. 8 with a 6-iron from 159 yards. It was the second on TOUR for Merrick. His other came in 2013 at the Quicken Loans National. In addition to his ace today, Merrick also made an eagle-2 on No. 11 from 152 yards. Previous holes-in-one here in this event were by Billy Hurley (2015/#6) and Jhonattan Vegas (2016/#17).
Three weeks after finishing T5 at Quicken Loans National, Ben Martin added a T6 finish to his resume on Sunday following a 5-under-par 66.
Amateur Sam Burns, the lone amateur to make the cut, followed his 5-under 66 on Saturday with a second 5-under-par 66 to finish T7. It was the best showing by the LSU All-American in five PGA TOUR starts.
At No. 147 in the FedExCup standings, 17-time PGA TOUR winner and 2010 FedExCup champion Jim Furyk posted rounds of 69-68-68-68—273 (-11) to finish T35.
Rookie Brett Drewitt had the day’s low round, closing with a 9-under-par 62, a career low round on the PGA TOUR for the Australian. His previous low was a 5-under-par 65 at the FedEx St. Jude Classic last month.
The Barbasol Championship and the FedExCup Playoffs
Below are players in the field that are currently on “the bubble” for the FedExCup Playoffs:
FedExCup position Player Barbasol Position (R4)
129 Brian Stuard MC
Other players of note:
Players with ties to the State of Alabama who completed 72 holes: Smylie Kaufman (T12), Patton Kizzire (T64), Robby Shelton (T35), Dicky Pride (T18), Blayne Barber (T42), Matt Gilchrest (T42), and Willy Wilcox (T52).
R1: Martin Flores, Zac Blair, Chesson Hadley, Jonathan Byrd, David Hearn, Tyrone Van Aswegen, Robert Garrigus, Tyler Aldridge.
R2: Chad Collins, Seung-Yul Noh, Retief Goosen, Cameron Percy, Ricky Barnes, Mark Anderson, Ryan Brehm.
R3: Arjun Atwal, Martin Flores, Spencer Levin, Ben Martin, Cameron Percy, Seamus Power, Dicky Pride, Robby Shelton.
R4: Ryan Armour, Blayne Barber, Ken Duke, Jim Furyk, Brian Gay, Peter Malnati, Troy Merritt, Richy Werenski.
Scoring Averages at the par-71 Grand National (Lake Course):
Front 9 Back 9 Total Cumulative
R1: 34.886 35.515 70.402
R2: 34.687 34.305 68.992 69.697
R3: 34.000 34.916 68.916 69.437
R4: 33.986 34.254 68.239 69.137
The easiest hole for the event was the par-5 fifth, playing to an average of 4.429. The most difficult hole was the par-4 18th, with an average of 4.118.