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PGA Tour Stats Review: Entering the Canadian 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 Canadian 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 58 318.0 12 73.6 33 1.55 1 25 1 1/25 3/1
Viking Classic C. Kirk -22 64.3 43 292.0 12 79.2 12 1.63 10 27.3 12 1/24 4/0
British Open D. Clarke -5 41.0 311.7 70.829.7 2/14 11/1
AVERAGE 66.1 25.1 297.5 23.6 73.0 15.5 1.66 12.9 27.8 14.3

The British Open

Wet and windy made their annual appearance at the British Open.

This time it was the venue, Royal St. Georges Golf Club with a 42-year-old silver thatched veteran plying his mastery over links play. His relentless effective ball striking on a quirky, undulating course in driving winds mixed with recurring showers, and some driving rain to boot, made for a classical win for Darren Clarke in his 20th Open start.

Uncontrollable inequities between the morning wave of players vs. the afternoon players, especially prominent in the third round where the differential between early starters and afternoon starters was 3.3 shots: 76.4 average scoring for morning, 73.1 for the afternoon players.

Clarke's spread between birdies and bogeys was the largest of the year to date. Most British Opens call for pars and a few birdies while dodging bogeys there were more than a few bogeys this week. He clocked 34 putts in his closing two-under 68!

Four things to remember when making future British Open picks:

1. Select players who avoid bogeys, or worse

2. Pick ball strikers whether long or short hitters

3. Check for links play experience

4. Good lag putter

Opposite Field Viking Classic

Winner Chris Kirk, with less than stellar putting stats, had a fine week on the greens. Two bogey-free rounds and sensational putts-per-GIR were showcased
on the week. Putts-per-GIR for the rounds: 1.667-1.600-1.563-1.727=1.632.
This is his first PGA Tour win so we don't expect this 26-year old rookie to become a dominating figure.

Canadian Open

In the past this Open has been played in the central/eastern provinces where past competition statistics are available. Not so with this week's venue in Vancouver, B.C., thus no past winner stats this week.

The field features a number of prominent players coming off the the British Open, so strong players are available. Hopefully, they have recovered from the carnage caused by the weather at St. Georges.