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PGA Tour Stats Review: Tournament Update

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.

PGA Tour Stats through last week's Crowne Plaza Invitational

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
Crowne Plaza D. Toms -15 67.9 4 299.1 28 72.2 4 1.58 1 27.3 9 1/20 5/1
AVERAGE 65.2 24.9 293.8 26.81 73.22 14.29 1.674 13.55 27.8 15
'10 ByronNelson J. Day -10 44.6 51 299.3 33 59.7 50 1.61 1 25.3 1 1/17 9/0



How Day Did It

Check out the winner's statistics (above) at last year's Byron Nelson Championship.

The putter certainly won the trophy for Jason Day, who staggered in with four birdies and six bogeys in his 2-over par closing round. His round-by-round scores: 66-65-67-72, 10-under on the par-70.

His putting-per-GIR: 1.538-1.692-1.500-1.667 for a 1.605 average.

Picking the Byron Nelson

In making your Byron Nelson player selections, the par-70 track requires a high GIR figure, high birdie count and strong performance at the par 4s. Look for golfers doing well in these stats and scoring well recently.

Last year's Nelson top-10 and ties:

Jason Day -10
Brian Gay -8
Jeff Overton -8
Blake Adams -8
Scott Verplank -7
Cameron Beckman -7
Ben Crane -6
Dustin Johnson -6
D.A. Points -6
Arjun Atwal -6
Tom Pernice -6


Last Week's Winner


David Toms' statistics at last week's Crowne Plaza Invitational came close to a few of his season stats so far.

This week Pre-tournament
Driving accuracy 4th 2nd
Driving distance 299.1 278
GIR 4th 2nd
Strokes gained-Putt 7th 10th
Scrambling 33rd 33rd