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PGA Tour Stats Review: Entering the Travelers

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.

NOTICE: The results grid was reduced for easier reading, starting with the Masters. However, the AVERAGE statistics at the bottom of the grid will continue to reflect the data from completed 2011 tournaments.

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
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
U.S. Open R. McIlroy -16 64.3 310.0 86.1 1.65 29.7 1/19 3/1
NOTE: Rankings not available for McIlroy stats.
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 65.2 24.25 296.36 25.25 72.95 14.33 1.676 14.09 27.9 15.33
2010 TravelersB. Watson P1 -14 66.1 58 321.3 1 70.8 30 1.627 2 27.0 4 1/22 8/1
C.Pavin P2 -14 89.3 1 262.8 77 73.6 17 1.642 4 27.8 17 0/16 5/0
S.Verplank P2 -14 78.6 17 277.8 62 69.4 39 1.66 6 27.3 7 2/17 7/0
NOTE: Verplank's two eagles came in the closing round.


RORY'S U.S. OPEN DOMINANCE

Rory McIlroy's arithmetic statistics in his commanding U. S. Open Championship performance have been printed and spoken far and wide. But there are other unwritten and unspoken characteristics that carry the same importance as printed and spoken numbers.

Late in the day after McIlroy's implosion at the Masters, the 21-year old said he was going to use the experience to broaden his attitude and resolve to learn from what was a publicly witnessed embarrassment of the first order.

Last weekend he showed controlled aggressiveness on the course mixed with self control - he said he would become more "brash" when competing. One example: there was a slight sign of self satisfaction when saving par with an 18-foot putt - but no histrionics. Despite repeated mention of the Masters debacle again and again, he calmly handled the irritants with a smile and a response that he had learned from his mistake.

McIlroy has absorbed a self assurance from his very significant win. The inner confidence of knowing he can prevail against a U.S. Open field on a difficult U.S. Open venue will carry forward in performance well above his driving distance, greens hit and putts used. His good attitude and strong self-confidence will carry him far.

He'll be a stalwart performer for the fantasy player inasmuch now being 22, he'll be in the significant events for a long time carrying a level of confidence needed for a winner.

THE TRAVELERS

The Travelers Championship usually is a birdie-fest where bombers and non-bombers can be successful. Last year, one of the three first-place finishers ranked first in driving distance while another was ranked 77th.

Strong putting will carry the shorter hitter while driving distance will set up wedge approaches to the slow greens, about 10.5 on the stimp meter.

Bubba Watson, who has two 2011 victories, earned his first PGA Tour win here last year, and the two others who tied for first in regulation last year at the Travelers, Scott Verplank and Corey Pavin, are in the field this week. Their stats from 2010 show how they did it.
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