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PGA Tour Stats Review: Entering the John Deere

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. For results from earlier events, go here.

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 C.Schwartzel, -14 66.1 31 278.4 44 68.018 26.7 2 2/17 7/0
Texas Open B. Steele, -8 64.3 7 303.0 10 58.340 1.69 13 26.0 2 0/17 7/1
The Heritage B. 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 1.60 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 64.326 310.07 86.11 1.65 29.729 1/19 3/1
Travelers Champ. F. Jacobson, -20 85.7 9 274.6 46 72.2 34 1.67 11 26.5 3 0/21 1/0
AT&T National N. Watney -13 69.6 10 320.8 4 70.8 27 1.67 3 27.8 2 1/20 9/0
 
AVERAGE 66.1 23.2 296.4 24.5 72.8 15 1.67 13.5 27.8 14.8
 
2010 John Deere S. Stricker W -26 73.2 28 292.1 32 80.6 11 1.53 1 26.8 2 0/31 5/0
2010 John Deere P.Goydos 2 -24 91.1 1 283.4 61 90.3 1 1.60 3 28.0 12 0/28 4/0


AT&T National

Nick Watney's stats for his first 2011 win at the WGC-Cadillac Championship were surpassed by his stats from last week's win at the AT&T National: Driving Distance, Driving Accuracy, GIR, putts-per-GIR and total putts per round.

Driving Distance isn't considered a key stat, but length can have a very useful affect on birdies other than just at par-5s. Watney had 20 birdies last week with 12 (60 percent) coming at par-4s, which is no surprise when Watney's season ranking is seventh in Par-4 birdies and better. This is good information for the par-70 majors, etc.

The par-71 Aronimink course has two par-5s, eight for the 72-hole event, Watney had an eagle and four birdies in those.

Vital to the fantasy owner is a golfer who can "close." Watney's closing bogey-free 4-under 66 last week is in line with his season stats where he is ranked sixth with an average 69.18 strokes for fourth rounds. Note his 72nd hole in his win at the WGC-Cadillac event for another example of closing under pressure.

John Deere Classic

This week at the John Deere, Steve Stricker is aiming for a hat-trick with his third consecutive win here. The field isn't very muscular, but Jason Day, Zach Johnson and others may have a go against Stricker's plan.

Day, in 2009, tied for 15th with a 15-under total. In 2010, he again was tied for 15th at 12-under. Johnson, in 2009, was second at 17-under and tied for 21st at 11-under in 2010.

Check out Sticker's 2010 stats along with runner-up Paul Goydos' score, which included his first-round 59.

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