5 things we learned
August 01, 2022
By Staff , PGATOUR.COM
- August 01, 2022
- Trent Phillips will close out the PGA TOUR’s 2021-22 Regular Season with a playing spot in the Wyndham Championship. (Media/PGA TOUR)
1. Blowouts don’t come often on PGA TOUR Canada, and when they do, they’re impressive. Noah Goodwin’s seven-shot romp at the Sotheby’s International Realty Canada Ontario Open is not the largest margin of victory in the Tour’s history, but it’s the biggest since Taylor Pendrith’s eight-stroke triumph in 2019. In total, five players have won six tournaments by either eight shots or seven shots, Noah Goodwin joining Dan McCarthy from 2016 in the seven-stroke-victory category. McCarthy is the only player with multiple wins of this size.
Margin of Victory
2019 Quebec Open
2017 Freedom 55 Financial Open
2017 Quebec Open
2022 Sotheby’s International Realty Canada Ontario Open
2016 GolfBC Championship
2016 CentrePort Canada Rail Park Manitoba Open
2. Noah Goodwin also joined a select group with his win. He became the third PGA TOUR University player to triumph as a PGA TOUR Canada player. A year ago, Trevor Werbylo and Mac Meissner, from the first PGA TOUR U. class, both won on the Forme Tour, where PGA TOUR Canada players competed due to the global pandemic. Werbylo, who went on to earn Forme Tour Player of the Year honors, is currently playing on the Korn Ferry Tour and has already locked up his PGA TOUR playing privileges for 2022-23. Meissner, who earned 2022 Korn Ferry Tour membership after a solid Forme Tour season in which he posted a win and two additional top-10s to close the campaign fifth on the Points List, also recorded his first career top-10 on the Korn Ferry Tour in late May, finishing T7 at the NV5 Invitational. For Goodwin, who is No. 4 in the current Fortinet Cup standings, he suddently finds himself in a very strong position to move to the Korn Ferry Tour next season after beginning the week in 89TH place.
3. Trent Phillips is taking a calculated risk this week. He is currently 10th in the Fortinet Cup standings, thanks, in part, to his third top five in four starts this season, this one a tie for fifth. Instead of heading to Blainville for the sixth tournament of the year, the Quebec Open, the former Georgia college star is taking a PGA TOUR Canada breather and is on his way to North Carolina to play in his second career PGA TOUR tournament. Phillips, a South Carolina native, will close out the PGA TOUR’s 2021-22 Regular Season with a playing spot in the Wyndham Championship, courtesy of a sponsor’s exemption. Sedgefield Country Club, the longtime home to the Wyndham Championship, is a place where Phillips feels comfortable. Five years ago, while still a junior player, he won the 2017 AJGA Wyndham Invitational at Sedgefield. Phillips’ only other PGA TOUR start came at the 2019 Barracuda Championship while he was still an amateur. He tied for 71st that week. Also in the Wyndham Championship field are eight other former Bulldog golfers: Harris English, Russell Henley, Brian Harman, Sepp Straka, Keith Mitchell, Chris Kirk, Brendon Todd and Greyson Sigg.
4. Holes-in-one are arriving in bunches this season—and they’re isolated to two holes. Through five tournaments, six players have made aces, with two more coming last week, courtesy of China’s Charles Wang and American Luke Schniederjans. They both aced the 16th hole at Woodington Lake in the third round. The other four holes-in-one of 2022 all came at the 13th hole at Edmonton Golf and Country Club—by Josh Hart, John Duthie and Noah Woolsey in the first round and J.T. Griffin in the third.
5. It was an American sweep. The top-10 players on the leaderboard after 72 holes were all from the United States, led by winner Noah Goodwin. The others were Thomas Walsh, Lee Detmer and Cameron Sisk (tied for second), Ian Holt, Danny Walker and Trent Phillips (tied for fifth) and Easton Paxton, Blake Hathcoat and Dylan Meyer (tied for eighth).