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PGA Tour Stats: What it Takes to Win

Ed Cushing

Ed Cushing

Cushing covers the PGA Tour for RotoWire, bringing a sabermetric approach to golf stats. Retired and living in the mountains of North Carolina, Cushing is in the running for the Most Interesting Man in Fantasy Sports. He's golfed the Doral Blue Monster, Harbour Town GC, Hilton Head and Augusta National, among many other tough courses. A classically trained pianist, Cushing still plays professionally. He roots for the University of Virginia because the Cavaliers may lose the game, but they ALWAYS win the party. He also made a fortune off the '72 Dolphins.

EVENT PLAYER DRIVE DRIVE DRIVE DRIVE GIR GIR PUTTS PUTTS EAGLE/ BOGEY/
%of56 RNK DIS DIS RNK %of72 RNK Per GIR RNK RND RNK BIRDIE DBL
Tourney of Champ. Byrd -24 80 11 273.4 21 86.1 10 1.69 8 29 3 1/25 3/0
Sony Open M.Wilson -16 73 2 289.3 24 75.110 1.67 5 27.5 6 0/21 5/0
Bob Hope - Five Rds Vegas -27 75 13 308.7 3 76.719 1.65 22 27.4 16 1/34 9/0
Farmers Insur.Open B.Watson -16 50 28 316.6 1 81.91 1.73 26 29 32 2/20 8/0
Phoenix Open M.Wilson -18 66 16 290.3 68 84.71 1.66 11 28.8 39 0/22 4/0
Pebble Bch,Pro-Am Points -15 80 7 285.6 40 69.4 17 1.6 1 27 2 2/23 10/1
Northern Trust Baddeley -12 50 57 276.5 42 72.2 3 1.83 54 28.5 35 1/15 3/1
MayakobaGolfClass. Wagner -17 67.9 36 277.9 54 79.2 4 1.68 7 28 8 1/17 2/0
Honda Classic Sabbatini -9 53.6 56 286.3 26 65.321 1.77 19 27 2 0/15 6/0
WGC-Cadillac(Doral) Watney -16 58.9 12 297.6 14 68.112 1.57 2 26.3 9 1/22 6/1
Puerto Rico Open M.Bradley -16 64.3 24 293.1 42 81.92 1.75 20 30 49 2/18 6/0
Transitions Champ. Woodland -15 57.7 54 296.5 7 70.829 1.65 5 27 2 0/22 7/0
Arnold Palmer Inv. Laird -8 71.4 23 296.6 5 68.1 20 1.78 22 28.8 18 1/18 10/1
Houston Open Mickelson -20 53.6 67 314.6 6 77.8 11 1.64 3 28 11 1/27 7/1
Masters Schwartzel -14 66.1 31 278.4 44 68.018 26.75 2 2/17 7/0
Texas Open Steele -8 64.3 7 303 10 58.340 1.69 13 26 2 0/17 7/1
The Heritage Snedeker -12 80.4 3 271 59 61.130 1.59 2 25.8 4 0/21 9/0
Zurich Classic B. Watson -15 71.4 13 331.4 1 80.6 1 1.74 41 29.3 57 3/16 5/0
Wells Fargo Champ. L.Glover -15 46.4 49 303 25 70.8 26 1.59 1 29.5 3 1/22 9/0
THE PLAYERS K.Choi -13 71.4 10 280.8 43 69.4 21 1.64 8 27 6 1/19 6/1
AVERAGE 65.07 25.95 293.53 26.75 73.28 14.8 1.679 14.21 27.8 15.3




Experience Wins

Winner K.J. Choi turns 41 this week and has played the PLAYERS nine times.
Second-place David Toms is 44 and has played the PLAYERS 18 times.
Third-place Paul Goydos is 47 in June and has played 12 times.

Three Champions Tour players made the cut.

Kenny Perry is 51 and played in his 21st PLAYERS last week.
Corey Pavin is 52 and played in his 19th PLAYERS last week
Mark O'Meara is 54 and played in his 14th PLAYERS last week.

But Jim Furyk, Vijay Singh, both well above 40, missed the cut while 18-year old Matteo Manassero tied for 64th, 3-over, in his first start.

Both Choi and Toms have statistics as you would expect in their tie at 13-under.
Their driving accuracy and distance are very close; Choi's putting stats are only a sliver better than Toms - recall Toms' putt on the playoff hole? In birdies/bogeys, again they are very close.

The tournament stat for SCRAMBLING, other than Sand Saves, is sorely needed from PGA Tour.com. ShotLink is calculating that data right along with other "at-the-green" stats. Send a note to the PGA Tour.com website requesting it include the SCRAMBLING stat. It is offered by the European Tour.com.