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PGA Tour Stats Review: Entering the British Open

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 British Open


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
John Deere Classic S. Stricker -22 64.3 58 318 12 73.6 33 1.55 1 25 1 1/25 3/1
AVERAGE 66.0 23.4 297.2 24.1 72.8 15.6 1.67 13.0 27.7 14.3


JOHN DEERE CLASSIC

Last year, Steve Stricker had difficulty putting away Paul Goydos in the closing round as he did again this year with Kyle Stanley. Both Goydos and Stanley were surprise contenders, as often happens.

Nevertheless, Stricker's win can be seen in GIR and the putting stats, birdies and bogeys.

Stricker hit 13.25 of 18 greens while Stanley hit 12.15.

Stricker putted 1.547 times per GIR while Stanley putted 1.630.

Stricker putted 100 times for the week while Stanley putted 111.

Stricker had one eagle and 25 birdies, three bogeys and one double. Stanley had one eagle and 24 birdies, five bogeys and no doubles.

This week Stanley out-played his season statistics but this isn't rare with high finishers.

BRITISH OPEN

Royal St. George Golf Club has a quirky course sometimes dubbed, "The landscape of the moon." There are links, strange bounces and extreme roll-offs that get in the players' minds.

In 2003, the last time St. George hosted the Open, Ben Curtis was ranked 300-plus in the world, and here he was entered in his first major. Four days later he had an early 72-hole lead of 1-over par and was sweating it out as experienced veterans such as Vijay Singh, Davis Love III, Tiger Woods and the ilk were grinding away to their finishes. Here's the way it ended:

Ben Crane Winner72-72-70-69=283 One-under
Thomas BjornT-2 73-70-69-72=284Even
Vijay SinghT-2 75-70-69-70=284Even
Davis Love IIIT-469-72-72-72=285 Plus one
Tiger WoodsT-473-72-69-71=285Plus one
Fredrik JacobsonT-670-76-70-70=286 Plus two
Brian DavisT-6 77-73-68-68=286Plus two
Kenny PerryT-8 74-70-70-73=287Plus three
Nick FaldoT-8 76-74-67-70=287Plus three
Sergio GarciaT-10 73-71-70-74=288Plus four
Phillip PriceT-10 74-72-69-73=288Plus four


We can expect scoring similar to the above. The course is tough, unyielding and, as you can see, deep excursions below par-71 are hard to find. Europeans accustomed to links venues have an edge. The course is on the North Sea and winds can be expected.