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PGA Tour Stats Review: Entering the Phoenix 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: Phoenix Open

Each week we'll list the statistical breakdown of the upcoming PGA Tour event. Below are the results of last week's Farmers Insurance Open and the top finishers from last year's Phoenix Open. For last year's full-season results, go here.

2012 PGA Tour Events


EVENT WINNER DRIVE DRIVE DRIVE DRIVE GIR GIR STK GN PUTTS EAGLES BIRDIE BOGEY DBL BOG
%of56 RNK DIS DIS RNK %of72 RNK /PUTT RNK
TOC Stricker -23 66.7 11 268.3 15 81.9 13 1.25 3 1 26 3 1
Sony Wagner -13 41.1 56 276.4 68 70.8 10 1.58 3 2 17 8 0
Humana M. Wilson -24 74.1 18 279.3 69 80.6 73 1.04 4 2 24 4 0
Farmers Snedeker -16 P1 58.9 13 284.8 47 70.8 33 1.03 12 0 24 8 0
AVERAGE 60.2 24.5 277.2 44.7 76.0 32.2 1.23 5.5 1.2 22.7 6 .3
Farmers Stanley -16 P2 51.8 39 314.4 2 79.2 3 0.43 32 1 25 6 1


Last Week's Farmers Insurance Open

Beginning his fourth round, Kyle Stanley birdied the first two holes to expand his lead to 20-under, giving him a seven-stroke advantage. It was easy to think that he just slammed the door, headed to his first PGA Tour win.

After an tough back nine, he still had a three-stroke lead as he started the closing hole only to build a water-visit and a three-putt eight that forced a playoff, which ended with a missed 5-footer to gave the trophy to Brandt Snedeker.

Long-hitter Stanley definitely showed talent and poise for three rounds and nine holes. He has the demeanor and tools needed for success on the Tour and this experience will bolster his confidence.

Young players John Huh, Martin Flores, Sang-Moon Bae and others were sprinkled in the mix from the get-go. It appears we again will see the under-30 group getting its first PGA Tour wins. Check out the Q-School and Nationwide newcomers for sleepers.

This Week's Phoenix Open


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
2011 Phoenix M. Wilson -18 P1 66.1 16 290.3 68 84.7 1 1.66 11 28.8 39 0/22 4/0
Dufner -18 P2 67.9 11 299.3 44 66.7 48 1.73 36 26.0 1 1/18 2/0
Singh -16 57.1 41 308.0 17 75.0 12 1.67 13 28.5 30 0/24 8/0
Laird -16 62.5 23 306.3 22 65.3 55 1.64 4 26.3 3 1/19 3/1
Watney -15 53.6 53 305.0 25 68.1 40 1.63 3 26.5 6 0/22 3/2
Holmes -15 48.2 65 301.4 35 73.6 16 1.66 12 28.3 25 0/25 10/0
Woodland -15 55.4 46 295.9 62 73.6 16 1.76 46 29.5 57 1/21 8/0
AVERAGE 58.7 36.4 300.9 39 72.4 26.9 1.68 17.9 27.7 23


In 2011, Mark Wilson got his second win here. After his earlier win this year don't you think he is fully fueled and ready to go here again? Last year, Tommy Gainey, who held down first place in each of the first three rounds (63 -8, 65 -14, 68 -17), created a three-over 74 to drop back in a tie for eighth.

The last 10 champions of this event dating to 2002 have combined for just one bogey on the fun-living, raucous par-3 16th hole. Phil Mickelson was the last winner here playing the 16th above par for the week.

Wilson's stats show he gave up 10 yards to the rest of the top seven. Driving distance is important as is scrambling. Par-4 birdies and bogey avoidance are desirables. Check out the birdies vs. bogeys of Vijay Singh, J.B. Holmes and Gary Woodland. Reaching back to 2005 starting with Mark Wilson, the winners were Hunter Mahan (2010), Kenny Perry (2009), Holmes (2008), Aaron Baddeley (2007), Holmes (2006), Phil Mickelson (2005). Experience here is helpful.