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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. We'll also list the results from the previously completed event. However, as of this posting, the Tournament of Champions, which was delayed because of fierce wind, has not finished. TOC results will be updated in next week's stats breakdown.

2012 full-season results
2011 full-season results

Last Year's Sony Open

GOLFER DRIVE DRIVE GIR PUTTS PUTTS EAGLE/ BOGEY/ STK GN
%of56 RANK DIS RANK %of72 RANK Per GIR RANK RND RANK BIRDIE DBL /PUTT RANK
Wagner -13 41.1 56 276.4 68 70.8 10 1.67 6 28.0 16 2/17 8/0 1.52 3
Pettersson -11 44.6 49 315.8 3 76.4 3 1.73 24 29.0 44 0/18 5/1 0.64 21
O'Hare -11 41.1 56 310.6 11 70.8 10 1.75 28 28.3 23 0/16 3/1 0.34 34
Frazar -11 53.6 13 316.1 2 66.7 26 1.63 1 28.3 23 1/21 12/0 -0.16 56
Howell III -11 46.4 42 291.4 54 72.2 8 1.75 32 28.5 33 1/16 7/0 1.18 8
M. Thompson -10 50.0 29 301.3 31 69.4 17 1.64 3 27.5 6 1/20 12/0 1.23 7
Gay -10 60.7 2 285.4 62 70.8 10 1.78 44 28.5 33 0/15 5/0 0.83 16
Points -10 53.6 13 295.8 43 76.4 3 1.80 51 30.8 68 0/20 10/0 0.65 20
Every -10 50.0 29 300.8 32 69.4 17 1.72 23 28.3 23 0/20 8/1 0.40 29
Rollins -9 53.6 13 306.9 20 70.8 10 1.75 28 28.3 23 0/16 4/1 0.49 29
Hearn -9 57.1 7 311.5 9 69.4 17 1.70 15 28.5 33 1/16 9/0 1.98 1
De Jonge -9 50.0 29 297.1 40 68.1 21 1.65 5 27.8 11 0/19 10/0 -0.05 54
AVG 50.2 28.2 300.8 31.3 70.9 12.7 1.71 21.7 28.5 28.0 0.75 25.2

The hard-driving Hawaiian wind that generated postponements for the Tournament of Champions are hopefully gone. The Sony usually has had 12-15 mph wind, which is expected again this week.

Rookies coming from Q-School and Web.com Tour's top 25 will test their sparkling, new 2013 PGA Tour cards for the first time. Regrettably, rookies have not had much success here where winners put up 13- to 16-under scores. The par-70 course is demanding, and as a result birdies are valuable and bogeys await when overly aggressive play comes in.

Fantasy owners in the Yahoo!/PGA Tour game had a tough time here last year. As an example: four Yahoo! experts select eight players, two in Group A, four in Group B and two in Group C. Their 32 picks suffered 15 cuts and two MDFs (made cut but did not finish).

Look for Sony Open experience; driving accuracy (tight fairways); scrambling skills (small greens) and proximity to hole. Bogey avoidance examples are in the 2012 statistic grid. As always, strong putting.

Last Five Winners & Runners-Up:

2012 - Johnson Wagner, 13-under 267; Carl Pettersson
2011 - Mark Wilson, 16-under, 264; Tim Clark
2010 - Ryan Palmer, 15-under 265; Robert Allenby
2009 - Zach Johnson, 15-under 265; Adam Scott, David Toms
2008 - K.J. Choi, 14-under 266; Rory Sabbatini

2012 Low Rounds:

Round 1 - Graham DeLaet, 7-under 63
Round 2 - Brendon de Jonge, 8-under 62
Round 3 - D.A. Points, 6-under 64
Round 4 - John Rollins, 6-under 64

All of the above are in this year's Sony except Scott and Toms.