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PGA Tour Stats Review: Entering the Sony 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: SONY OPEN

Each week we'll list the statistical breakdown of the upcoming PGA Tour event. Below are the results of last week's Tournament of Champions and the top finishers from last year's Sony Open. For last year's full-season results, 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
TOC Stricker -23 66.7 11 268.3 15 81.9 13 1.68 13 28.5 1 1/26 3/1
2011 Sony M.Wilson -16 73.0 2 289.3 24 75.1 10 1.67 5 27.5 6 0/21 5/0
Marino -14 62.5 14 300.9 3 77.8 1 1.77 29 29.8 40 0/21 5/0
Clark -14 64.3 12 281.0 40 77.8 1 1.73 17 28.3 14 0/18 4/0
Walker -13 55.4 30 289.0 25 73.6 13 1.79 39 28.5 20 1/15 4/0
Bettencourt -12 48.2 51 290.5 20 77.8 1 1.75 19 29.5 34 0/16 4/0
Kuchar -12 69.6 6 295.5 10 69.4 22 1.72 13 27.8 8 1/16 6/0
AVERAGE 62.2 19.17 291.0 20.33 75.25 8 1.74 20.3 28.6 20.3


This week's Sony Open

At the Sony Open, golfers need the following strong performance statistics: GIR, Putting, Scrambling. Proximity to hole, Driving accuracy.

Rookies usually struggle here while players with experience at this course do well.

Last Week's Tournament of Champions

At the 2012 PGA Tour season opener, Steve Stricker notched his 12th career title and his ninth win since turning 40. Vijay Singh now has company in that category.

Going 10-under at the Tournament of Champions in Kapalua's second round put Stricker in the driver's seat. He sparkled in racking up an aggregate 26 birdies along with an eagle that buried the three bogeys and an erstwhile lone double bogey. Stricker came to Hawaii geared up with early season strength in GIR, putts-per-GIR and total putting while some of the other players looked as if they hadn't yet swept out the cobwebs.

Webb Simpson's solid third place 68-68-69-68 was edged out of second when Martin Laird birdied the 72nd hole. Rounds three and four played easier than the first two rounds.

Early season wins gives an opportunity for a players to have multiple wins. Check out last year's top finishers in the upcoming West coast swing for some possible opportunists who have course experience.