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PGA Tour Stats Review: Entering the Honda Classic

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Ed Cushing

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PGA TOUR STATS: The Honda Classic

Each week we'll list the statistical breakdown of the upcoming PGA Tour event. Below are the results of last week's Mayakoba Classic and the top finishers from last year's the Honda Classic. 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
Phoenix K. Stanley -15 60.7 24 287.5 70 79.2 3 1.14 11 2 18 7 0
Pebble Bch Mickelson -17 61.8 62 272.8 58 75.0 3 3.33 1 1 19 4 0
Nor. Trust Haas -7 P1 55.4 50 279.8 30 50.0 58 2.25 3 1 15 10 0
Mayakoba Huh -13 P1 73.2 8 279.3 44 81.9 1 N/A 28 1 18 5 1
Allenby -13 P2 66.1 25 287.8 16 73.6 7 N/A 5 0 21 6 1
Every -11 67.9 21 286.1 19 66.7 30 N/A 7 0 17 8 1
Knost -11 85.7 1 264.1 73 70.8 18 N/A 25 1 15 8 0
D. Pride - 10 50.0 67 280.4 29 73.6 7 N/A 40 0 19 5 0
A. Canizares -10 58.9 47 272.1 67 54.2 74 N/A 1 0 19 9 0
D.Summrhys -10 66.1 25 281.9 31 72.2 13 N/A 8 0 19 9 0
Stroud -10 69.6 17 289.3 15 66.7 30 N/A 4 1 19 7 2
AVERAGE 63.7 29.7 279.3 43.4 71.2 24.9 1.66 10.3 0.8 19.3 7.2 0.4
Note: Strokes Gained-Putting not available. (ShotLink equipment was in Arizona for the WGC Match-Play event.)

Last Week's Mayakoba Classic

Rookie John Huh birdied the eighth extra hole in a playoff with Robert Allenby to capture the Mayakoba Classic. Huh's bogey-free 8-under 63 caught the stumbling Allenby.

Allenby closed with eight birdies through 17, but his double bogey on 18 dropped him from -15 to -13 and into a playoff with Huh.

Alejandro Canizares used less than 100 putts, which is quite rare. Putts-per-Round: 27-27-22-21=97.

Summerhays was the 54-hole leader at 12-under. In 54 holes he had three bogeys. In round four, he had five bogeys on the front nine.

This Week's The Honda Classic

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 Honda Sabbatini -9 53.6 56 286.3 26 65.3 21 1.77 19 27.0 2 0/15 6/0
Yang -8 67.9 17 282.1 39 66.7 10 1.69 4 27.3 6 0/17 7/1
J. Kelly -7 73.2 5 274.3 57 69.4 5 1.72 7 28.0 13 0/16 9/0
Barnes -4 53.6 56 282.1 39 70.8 2 1.82 42 29.3 30 0/12 8/0
Gainey -3 62.5 31 290.6 12 70.8 2 1.80 33 29.0 27 0/14 6/1/1
AVERAGE 62.2 33.0 283.1 34.6 68.6 8.0 1.76 21.0 28.1 15.6
Note: Gainey's BOGEY/DBL shows six bogeys, one double bogey and one "other."

Jack Nicklaus's course is tough. Last year's top-five found the Champion Course at PGA National in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., quite a challenge, and to add insult to injury, the weather cranked up 20-25 mph winds with 35 mph gusts in the first three rounds. Even good wind players struggled.

Holes 15, 16 and 17 are named "The Bear Trap." These three have the capability of cutting down a very good round. Last year, the par-3 No. 15 averaged 3.384 strokes, par-4 No. 16 averaged 4.268 and par-3 No. 17 played to 3.5 strokes.

Sabbaini tied the course record, 64, in round two last year and followed with a 66. For the week, he missed 25 greens-in-regulation but converted par or better in 21 of those - 84 percent. The rest of the field averaged 52 percent. Scrambling and GIR are vital, along with total driving, putting and par-4 birdies or better.

Previous winners:

2010 Camilo Villegas, 267 -13
2009 Y. E. Yang, 271 -9
2008 Ernie Els, 274 -6
2007 Mark Wilson, 275 -5

This year's field is loaded with talent that includes a cluster of International players. Twenty-two golfers who participated in the Match-Play championship, including second-place Rory McIlroy and third-place Mark Wilson, are in the Honda field.
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