November 25, 2019
By Sean Martin, PGATOUR.COM
Tyler Duncan wins in playoff at The RSM Classic
ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. – Tyler Duncan won The RSM Classic on Sunday, It wasn’t just the 30-year-old’s first PGA TOUR victory. It also was his first win in any PGA TOUR-sanctioned event. Duncan made more than 150 starts on the PGA TOUR, Korn Ferry Tour and PGA TOUR Latinoamerica before his win at The RSM Classic. He’ll start 2020 ranked 11th in the FedExCup after his maiden win.
Here’s a look at some numbers to know from Duncan’s first PGA TOUR victory.
1. CASHING CHECKS: Duncan’s win will inspire the legion of players grinding it out on golf’s developmental circuits. Just five years ago, he earned a combined $28,079 on the Korn Ferry Tour and PGA TOUR Latinoamerica. He made $1,188,000 on Sunday. Duncan started the week ranked 378th in the world. He beat the highest-ranked player in the RSM field, Webb Simpson, in a playoff to earn the winner’s check. Simpson was No. 12 in the world ranking.
2. STRIPING IT: Duncan bucks the trend in the modern game, relying on accuracy over distance. He finished fourth in greens hit this week, averaging 15 per round, and first in average proximity to the hole (25 feet, 3 inches). He also finished sixth in driving accuracy, hitting 50 of 56 fairways.
Last season, Duncan finished 150th in driving distance and 14th in driving accuracy.
3. PERFECT TIMING: Duncan’s 25-foot birdie putt at the 72nd hole was his longest measured putt of the week (only the three rounds played on Sea Island’s Seaside Course were measured with ShotLink). He was one of just six players to birdie the hole Sunday. Only two holes – the par-4 fourth and 11th holes – allowed fewer birdies in the final round.
Duncan also played the 18th hole twice in the playoff, making a par before winning with a birdie. Duncan birdied the 465-yard hole two of the three times he played (67%). The rest of the field only birdied it 6.7% of the time Sunday.
4. CLOSE CALL: Simpson now has two runners-up at The RSM Classic (both playoff losses) and a third-place finish. He didn’t win but he showed his knack for going low, shooting 65-68-63-67 to tie Duncan after 72 holes. Simpson now has four second-place finishes in his last 10 PGA TOUR starts.
He’s shot 15 rounds of 65 or lower since the start of last season, the most on TOUR in that span, one more than Sungjae Im. Justin Thomas and Denny McCarthy are tied for third with 12 such rounds,
Simpson also has the highest percentage of rounds that are 65 or lower since the start of last season.
HIGHEST % OF ROUNDS 65 OR LOWER
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5. CLOSE CALL: Brendon Todd, who held the 54-hole lead, didn’t become the first player since Tiger Woods to win three consecutive PGA TOUR events, but his incredible comeback is still the story of this fall. His final-round 72 at RSM ended a streak of 12 consecutive rounds of 68 or lower. Since 1983, only Tiger Woods has a longer streak. He shot 14 consecutive rounds of 68 or lower in 2007 and 2008.