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PGA Tour Stats Review: Entering the Tour Championship

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 FedEx Cup final round at the TOUR Championship

NOTICE: The results grid was reduced for easier reading, starting with the U.S. Open. 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
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 25.0 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 30.0 66 1/14 10/1
Greenbrier ClassicS. Stallings P1 62.5 54 323.5 5 79.2 2 1.72 19 30.0 53 0/19 9/0
BridgestoneA. Scott -17 64.3 15 319.6 6 70.8 9 1.63 4 26.54 0/21 4/0
PGA ChampionshipK. Bradley P1 -8 62.5 301.8 77.7 1.68 29.2 1/19 6/3
Wyndham Champ.W. Simpson -18 69.6 15 310.5 13 79.2 131.682 28.8 9 3/17 3/1
Barclays-54 holesD.Johnson -19 59.5 44 311.7 2 83.3 9 1.627 28.0 8 1/21 2/1
Deutsche BankW. Simpson P1 -15 62.544 299.440 65.3 351.62 26.5 3 2/17 6/0
BMW ChampionshipJ. Rose -13 75.04 299.525 70.831.67 5 27.816 1/198/0
 
AVERAGE65.226.6 300.5 21.4 73.0 14.7 1.67 13.3 27.8 15.1
 
2010 TOUR Champ.J. Furyk -857.1 7 290.42273.6 1 1.8112029.010 0/146/0
L. Donald -746.416 278.927 70.831.725729.3160/167/1
R. Goosen -653.6 11293.6 1965.3141.72 628.34 0/15 9/0
N. Watney -546.4 16290.52173.6 1 1.7529.8201/1512/0
P. Casey -558.94 269.530 70.831.751129.0 10 0/15 10/0

Note: 2010 TOUR Championship rankngs are relative to 30-player field.

BMW CHAMPIONSHIP

Justin Rose's two-stroke win over John Senden wasn't pretty, but a win is a win.

Rose coupled total driving and GIR (ball striking) with gathering birdies, 19, which was best in the field. Rose had eight bogeys. Our forward-looking lineup of the top-5 at the 2010 BMW showed an average of nine bogeys per player.

In his GIR stats, Rose's 70.8 (12.7 greens/18) ranked third. This is the fourth-best ranking in the season to date.

Rose's consistent accuracy off the tee coupled with his length and putting skills should be kept in mind when 2012 fantasy golf time comes around. He's shaky in closing, but he's certainly not the only one.

THE TOUR CHAMPIONSHIP

The TOUR Championship field has substantial changes in the field year-to-year. Sixteen players from 2010 are not coming back this year. In the grid showing the top five from last year No. 1 Jim Furyk, No. 3 Retief Goosen and No. 5 Paul Casey didn't make it this year.

Also, some prominent 2011 players were in the 2010 field:

Justin Rose tied for 15th with Hunter Mahan at plus-1.
Dustin Johnson and Phil Mickelson tied for 22nd, at plus-3.
Steve Stricker and Matt Kuchar tied for 25th at 5-over.

The par-70 East Lake course will probably be set up to again stretch the talents of the top 30. The three customary "musts" are needed: greens-in-regulation, strong putting and effective scrambling. On a course that doesn't give up many birdies, you obviously must defend against bogeys - making up for a mistake will be hard to do - so players high on the bogey avoidance list are important picks. Length is nice but isn't a big benefit. Driving accuracy is also of lesser importance, but hitting from short grass will be far better than from East Lake's rough.

In round one last year, three players had the day's low round of 4-under 66, round two had Jim Furyk's single 65, round three had Nick Watney's 63 and Ernie Els shot a fourth-round 65. So some relative low scores are there, just not very low or not so many either.