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PGA Tour Stats Review: Entering the Greenbrier Classic

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 Greenbrier Classic



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
Tourney of Champ. Byrd, -24 80 11 273.4 21 86.1 10 1.69 8 29 3 1/25 3/0
Sony Open M. Wilson, -16 73 2 289.3 24 75.110 1.67 5 27.5 6 0/21 5/0
Bob Hope - Five Rds Vegas, -27 75 13 308.7 3 76.719 1.65 22 27.4 16 1/34 9/0
Farmers Insur.Open B. Watson, -16 50 28 316.6 1 81.91 1.73 26 29 32 2/20 8/0
Phoenix Open M. Wilson, -18 66 16 290.3 68 84.71 1.66 11 28.8 39 0/22 4/0
Pebble Bch Pro-Am Points, -15 80 7 285.6 40 69.4 17 1.6 1 27 2 2/23 10/1
Northern Trust Baddeley, -12 50 57 276.5 42 72.2 3 1.83 54 28.5 35 1/15 3/1
Mayakoba Wagner, -17 67.9 36 277.9 54 79.2 4 1.68 7 28 8 1/17 2/0
Honda Classic Sabbatini, -9 53.6 56 286.3 26 65.321 1.77 19 27 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 49 2/18 6/0
Transitions Champ. Woodland, -15 57.7 54 296.5 7 70.829 1.65 5 27 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 11 1/27 7/1
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
Canadian Open S. O'Hair, P1 -4 58.9 27 299.6 3 59.7 19 1.84 61 28.8 36 0/17 13/0
Canadian Open K. Blanks, P2 -4 69.6 7 283.6 42 70.8 1 1.78 43 30 66 1/14 10/1
NOTE: Kris Blanks' stats are included as a comparison to Sean O'Hair, but chart average below only includes O'Hair's stats.
 
AVERAGE 64.925.1 297.6 23.0 72.5 15.6 1.67 14.6 27.8 15.0
 
2010 GreenbrierS. Appleby -22 73.2 39.0 307.3 21.0 79.2 40.0 1.63 2.0 27.0 3.0 1/21 1/0

Canadian Open


The Shaughnessy Golf and Country Club course made few friends in the ranks of the PGA Tour players last week -- Tight fairways edged by harshly punitive deep rough enroute to small greens. Some highly ranked players missed the cut at 4-over, while others not regularly in the top 15, 10 or five places were carefully hitting fairways and greens.

Both Sean O'Hair and Kris Blanks had high putts-per-GIR stats that connect with playoffs -- See the Byron Nelson where Keegan Bradley tied with Ryan Palmer. Both O'Hair and Blanks had tight birdie-to-bogey ratios, a reflection of the course's difficulty in calm weather rather than having a tough weather week. This ran through the scorecards of the field. For the 72 holes, no player had a bogey-free round, attesting to the ever-so-prominent bogey presence.

Greenbrier Classic

Looking at this week's Greenbrier Classic, let's review Stuart Appleby's closing 59 in last year's tournament.

His round topped off a birdie-fest of the first order, which will be the situation this week as well after a week at the Canadian Open where the field was very short on birdies. Appleby's pressure-cooker putt for the career-topping 59 at the 72nd hole should be replayed to salute the ulcer builder of a putt.

Perhaps most impressive, Appleby had 21 birdies to just one bogey. A single bogey is mighty elusive -- the only winning golfer to post just one bogey this season is Fredrik Jacobson, who bogied just once on his way to capturing the Travelers Championship (see above).

Following Appleby's extraordinary 22-under final round were:

Jeff Overton - 21-under
Branden DeJonge - 17-under
Woody Austin - 15 under
Paul Stankowski - 15 under
Jimmy Walker - 15 under
Roger Tambellini - 15 under
D. A. Points - 15 under

Owners should select players comfortable with classically designed courses such as last week's Shaughnessy CC, Aronimink, Congressional, Muirfield Village (The Memorial Tournament). Like last week, driving accuracy is vital, par-4 birdie excellence, GIR and scrambling are very important and, as usual, above average putting is needed. Chances are the rough won't be as treacherous as last week.