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PGA Tour Stats Review: U.S. Open Data

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 entering this week's U.S. Open



EVENT WINNER 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 80.0 11 273.4 21 86.1 10 1.69 8 29.0 3 1/25 3/0
Sony Open M.Wilson, -16 73.0 2 289.3 24 75.110 1.67 5 27.5 6 0/21 5/0
Bob Hope - Five Rds Vegas, -27 75.0 13 308.7 3 76.719 1.65 22 27.4 16 1/34 9/0
Farmers Insur.Open B.Watson, -16 50.0 28 316.6 1 81.91 1.73 26 29.0 32 2/20 8/0
Phoenix Open M.Wilson, -18 66.0 16 290.3 68 84.71 1.66 11 28.8 39 0/22 4/0
Pebble Bch,Pro-Am Points, -15 80.0 7 285.6 40 69.4 17 1.6 1 27.0 2 2/23 10/1
Northern Trust Baddeley, -12 50.0 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 28.0 8 1/17 2/0
Honda Classic Sabbatini, -9 53.6 56 286.3 26 65.321 1.77 19 27.0 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 30.0 49 2/18 6/0
Transitions Champ. Woodland, -15 57.7 54 296.5 7 70.829 1.65 5 27.0 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 28.0 11 1/27 7/1
Masters Schwartzel, -14 66.1 31 278.4 44 68.018 26.7 2 2/17 7/0
Texas Open Steele, -8 64.3 7 303.0 10 58.340 1.69 13 26.0 2 0/17 7/1
The Heritage Snedeker, -12 80.4 3 271.0 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 49 303.0 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 27.0 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
ByronNelson Champ K.Bradley P1, -3 58.9 10 316.8 7 65.3 6 1.85 47 29.5 45 0/13 10/0
The Memorial S.Stricker -16 80.4 3 295.6 35 65.3 30 1.6 5 26.5 3 3/19 9/0
St. Jude H.Frazar P1 -13 57.1 46 316.9 1 69.4 8 1.64 1 26.8 5 0/19 4/1
  
DRIVE DRIVE DRIVE DRIVE GIR GIR PUTTS PUTTS EAGLE/ BOGEY/
%of56 RNK DIS DIS RNK %of72 RNK Per GIR RNK RND RNK BIRDIE DBL
  
AVERAGE 65.24 24.25 295.79 25.25 72.4 14.33 1.677 14.09 27.8 15.33
2010 St. Jude RKarlsson P2 -13 67.9 10 284.9 52 72.2 2 1.692 12 28.0 27
  
2010 U.S. Open G.McDowell EVN 37 34 293.8 31 58.3 12 27.5 3 015 15/0
2009 U S. Open L. Glover -4 71.4 13 291.1 8 72.2 4 29.0 11 0/16 8/2
2008 U.S.Open T.Woods P1 -1 53.5 56 320.9 2 63.9 14 28.8 11 3/13 10/4
R.Mediate P2 -1 64.3 16 283.4 62 63.9 14 28.8 11 0/14 11/1
NOTE: Woods and Mediate tied for GIR and Putts per round.


U.S. OPEN

2008: Torrey Pines-South course, 7,643 yards, Par 71.
2009: Bethpage Black course, 7,426 yards, par 70.
2010: Pebble Beach, 7,040 yards, par 71.

This year the venue is Congressional Country Club, Blue course, in suburban Washington, D.C., which will play at 7,574 yards with a par 71. Only the 2008 Torrey Pines South course exceeds this year's length.

Fairway width will range from 18 to 35 yards with an average of 25 yards in landing zones. On either side of fairways, a six-foot swath of intermediate rough will run the length of each hole at 0.875 inches. Then a 6-t0-8-foot band of first cut of primary rough will range from 2.75 inches to 3.25 inches. A second cut of primary rough at four inches extends to and beyond the ropes.

Greens will run at 14 to 14.5 on the stimp meter.

Driving distance will be helpful, but driving accuracy will be demanded. The rough will be punitive as per the usual USGA practice. Getting to the green after wayward shots will be very difficult. The usual slick greens, again a USGA hallmark, call for patience.

U. S. Open experience is a plus. Good driving accuracy is a big attribute as is GIR.
Good numbers in proximity to the hole and bogey avoidance plus a strong strokes gained -- putting should help you form your roster for the Open.

QUICK LOOK:

Torrey Pines

- Three players had more birdies than bogeys.
- Two players had the same number of birdies and bogeys.
- The rest of the field had more bogeys than birdies.

Bethpage Black

- Six players had more birdies than bogeys.
- 10 players had the same number of birdies and bogeys.
- The rest of the field had more bogeys than birdies.

Pebble Beach

- Four players had more birdies than bogeys.
- Two players had the same number of birdies and bogeys.
- The rest of the field had more bogeys than birdies.

(NOTE: Birdie/bogey stats include only the 60 golfers and ties who made the cut.)
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