The 2021-22 PGA TOUR season has been unforgettable for many reasons.
A season that began with a rising star picking up his third victory (Max Homa at the Fortinet Championship) was capped 11 months later by the greatest comeback in TOUR Championship history (Rory McIlroy, 6 back). What happened in the meantime was also unforgettable.
These are the stats and ratings that best tell the story of the 2021-22 PGA TOUR season.
The Escape Superstar
Scottie Scheffler started the year as the highest-ranked player without a win on the PGA TOUR. Less than five months later, he was a great champion, FedExCup leader and world No. 1.
On Super Bowl Sunday in Phoenix, he beat defending FedExCup champion Patrick Cantlay in the playoffs for his first PGA TOUR victory. When he won the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play just 42 days later, he topped the OWGR. This is by far the fastest step a player has taken from not winning on the PGA TOUR or DP World Tour to being number one in the world; the previous fastest sprint to the top was that of Tiger Woods, who did it in 252 days.
Scheffler made his first No. 1 start at the Masters, the first player to do so since Ian Woosnam in 1991, and like Woosnam, Scheffler won. It was his first major title and his fourth win in six PGA TOUR appearances, the first time anyone has gone four-for-six since Jason Day in 2015. (Day’s streak also included his first major win , to the PGA Championship at Whistling Straits, and a promotion to world number one).
Last player, before Scheffler, to win his fourth Masters victory of the season: Arnold Palmer in 1960.
Prior to the Sentry Tournament of Champions, there had never been a 72-hole PGA TOUR event in which two players had completed regulation 30 under or less. Sentry week, there were three. Jon Rahm birdied 32 times, tying the record for a 72-hole tournament, and didn’t even win.
At the Hawaii Sony Open the following week, Hideki Matsuyama and Russell Henley were tied at four rounds with a total score of 257. When Matsuyama won the playoffs, Henley received the dubious honor of the lowest 72-hole total in the series. history of the game. PGA TOUR for a player who has not won.
Sebastián Muñoz became the first player in TOUR history to record two rounds of 60 in the same season – he won the first at the RSM Classic and the second at the AT&T Byron Nelson.
At the PGA Championship at Southern Hills, Justin Thomas played his last 13 holes (including the playoffs against Will Zalatoris) at 6 under to win. He was seven strokes off the lead at the start of the day. The return tied for the most by a winner in PGA Championship history (John Mahaffey in 1978), and was the most in a men’s major since Paul Lawrie fell short of 10 at the 1999 Open Championship.