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PGA Tour Stats Review: Entering the Phoenix Open

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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 recent tournaments, including last week's Farmers Insurance Open, and results from last year's Phoenix Open.

2012 full-season results
2011 full-season results

2013 PGA Tour Events

EVENT WINNER DRIVE DRIVE GIR PUTTS PUTTS EAGLE/ BOGEY/
%of56 RANK DIS RANK %of72 RANK PER GIR RANK PER RND RANK BIRDIE DBL BOGEY
TOC D. Johnson -16 57.8 28 278.3 2 82.0 14 1.63 2 28.4 2 2/17 4/1
Sony Henley -24 55.4 8 293.1 51 83.3 2 1.62 4 27.7 17 0/26 2/0
Humana Gay -25, P1 81.5 2 279.7 75 83.3 4 1.65 38 27.8 35 0/27 2/0
Farmers Woods -14 57.1 17 307.2 2 69.4 34 1.66 1 28.5 11 2/21 7/2
TOUR AVG 62.9 13.8 289.6 32.5 79.5 13.5 1.64 11.3 28.1 16.3 1/22.7 3.6/0.8

Last Week's Farmers Insurance Open

Simply said, Tiger Woods made hay while doing what he does best.

His 75th TOUR win was attained where he has won most often, Torrey Pines.

A quick look at the top courses with the most Tiger wins:

Torrey Pines - 8 (including 2008 U.S. Open)
Bay Hill - 7
Firestone - 7
Cog Hill - 5
Muirfield Village - 5
Augusta National - 4

These 36 wins are 48 percent of Woods' 75 career victories.

Checking out his dominating play this week:

Woods was second off the tee (307 yards) and first in putts-per-GIR (1.66) and 11th in putts-per-round (28.5)

He negated his two double-bogeys with two eagles.

His 21 birdies led the field, and his seven bogeys tied with only two others in the top-14 finishers.

Overall, Woods again gave us another highlight-reel performance, never mind the last few holes when the win was already locked up.

This Week's Phoenix Open

GOLFER DRIVE DRIVE GIR PUTTS PUTTS EAGLE/ BOGEY/ STK GN/
%of56 RANK DIS RANK %of72 RANK PER GIR RANK PER RND RANK BIRDIE DBL PUTT RANK
Stanley -15 60.7 24 287.6 70 79.2 3 1.75 27 30.3 63 2/18 7/0 0.91 15
Crane -14 60.7 24 298.9 46 65.3 42 1.66 3 27.8 15 3/17 9/0 2.03 1
Levin -13 55.4 55 296.6 54 75.0 7 1.67 5 28.8 32 1/19 6/1 0.84 17
Trahan -12 60.7 24 311.1 11 65.3 42 1.68 9 27.3 5 0/20 8/0 1.74 2
Steele -11 58.9 39 302.1 35 75.0 7 1.80 49 29.0 39 1/14 6/0 1.14 6
Na -11 60.7 24 312.9 9 63.9 50 1.74 23 27.3 5 0/20 7/1 -0.81 72
B. Watson -11 60.7 24 319.9 3 76.4 4 1.76 34 29.5 52 1/16 9/1 -0.75 70
Van Pelt -10 64.3 14 303.1 29 80.6 1 1.76 32 30.8 68 0/19 9/0 0.25 40
Rollins -10 67.9 5 318.1 5 63.9 50 1.70 12 28.0 18 0/19 9/0 1.27 11
Dufner -10 64.3 14 303.1 29 75.0 7 1.70 15 29.3 46 0/19 7/1 0.51 31
W.Simpson -10 53.6 60 301.8 36 70.8 18 1.67 5 28.0 18 0/24 11/0/1 0.33 36
AVG 60.7 27.9 305.0 29.7 71.9 21.0 1.72 19.5 28.7 32.8 0.7/18.6 8/0.4/0.1 0.68 27.4

The venue here is par-71 TPC Scottsdale. Recent winning scores range from 14-under to 18-under.

Kyle Stanley lost to Brandt Snedeker in a one-hole playoff in last year's Farmers Insurance Open, the week before the Phoenix Open. This followed his triple bogey at the 72nd hole that wiped out his three-shot lead.

After that crushing experience. Stanley performed a gutsy bounce-back in winning the Phoenix Open by a shot over Ben Crane.

While Stanley redeemed himself, Spencer Levin blew a 54-hole, six-stroke lead, which he wiped out with a closing-round 75. Levin finished third at 13-under.

Attendance for the four days here is considered to be the largest in the PGA Tour season. At the raucous, par-3 16th it was estimated that 15,000 fans surrounded this amphitheater-type hole during the third round last year. The fans are considered to be the loudest and most enthusiastic on the PGA Tour.

The 16th has 177 sky boxes, the driveable 17th has 29 sky boxes and the 18th has 26.

Last Five Winners and Runners-Up:

2012 - Kyle Stanley, 18-under 269; Ben Crane, 270
2011 - Mark Wilson, 18-under 266 (P1); Jason Dufner, 266 (P2)
2010 - Hunter Mahan, 16-under 268; Ricky Fowler, 270
2009 - Kenny Perry, 14-under, 270; Charley Hoffman, 270
2008 - J.B. Holmes, 14-under, 270 (P1); Phil Mickelson, 270 (P2)

2012 Low Rounds:

Round 1: 7-under 64, Jason Dufner, Ryan Palmer
Round 2: 8-under 63, Spencer Levin
Round 3: 7-under 64, D.J. Trahan
Round 4: 7-under 64, Brendan Steele, Mark Wilson

All TPC courses need driving accuracy , excellent GIR, wedge play, chipping and putting. All of these are needed here plus three-putt avoidance and course management. Last year was the fourth consecutive year the winner was in the top three in GIR.
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