2019 Rewind: Remembering the year through 11 incredible numbers

December 29, 2019

Ever wonder what we’re talking about when we say 2019 was a “year for the ages” in golf? Here are 11 numbers that help to put the game’s historic trip around the sun in 2019 in the proper context.

$1.22 million: The cost, in U.S. dollars, of Jack Nicklaus’s famed gold Rolex, which was auctioned off in support of his charity in December.

37.2 million: Total audience tuned to CBS for the final round of Tiger Woods’ historic Masters victory, marking a 41-percent increase over 2018’s Masters coverage.

1,354: Consecutive weeks Phil Mickelson spent ranked in the world top-50 prior to falling to 51st in November. That’s more than 26 years!

128: The lowest 36-hole score posted in major championship history, belonging to Brooks Koepka’s record-smashing opening two rounds at the PGA Championship at Bethpage Black.

1: Golfers all-time who’ve simultaneously held back-to-back titles at two majors. The title belongs to Brooks Koepka, who claimed his second-straight PGA Championship in May.

-0.95: Average European Tour performance in strokes-gained against the PGA Tour in 2019.

6: Joaquin Niemann’s age in 2005, the last time the International team led following a Presidents Cup session prior to 2019 (Neimann is 21). The Internationals led following three straight days of action at Royal Melbourne before finally succumbing to the U.S. side in Sunday’s singles matches.

3: The number of Callaway Diablo Octane Tour 3-woods Henrik Stenson used in competition from 2011-2018 prior to retiring the club this year in favor of the Epic Flash Sub Zero.

100/1: Irishman Shane Lowry’s odds of winning the Open Championship in his home country when play began on Thursday. Lowry finished 15 under for the tournament, claiming the first Open Championship in Northern Ireland in 69 years.

3.47: Expected wins for Jon Rahm in 2020, higher than Rory McIlroy, Brooks Koepka and Dustin Johnson.

2: Golfers who’ve won at least two Australian Opens at the Australian Golf Club. Those two golfers? Jack Nicklaus and Matt Jones (not bad company for the 2019 Australian Open champ).

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