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PGA Tour Stats Review: Entering the Northern Trust 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: Northern Trust 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 AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, and a look ahead to this week's event, the Northern Trust 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
Phoenix Mickelson -18 57.1 55 298.8 11 87.3 1 1.57 2 27.6 15 1/29 1/1
AT&T Snedeker -19 78.2 14 277.4 41 77.8 6 1.64 6 28.0 15 NA NA
TOUR AVG 64.5 20.7 289.1 30.3 80.5 10.2 1.63 8.8 28.0 15.8 1/24 1.8/0.4

AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am


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
Snedeker -19 78.2 14 277.4 41 77.8 6 1.64 6 28 15 1/22 5/0 1.93 8
Kirk -17 70.9 42 285.4 23 70.8 24 1.63 3 26.5 1 0/24 5/1 2.17 6
K. Stadler -14 67.3 52 279.6 32 79.2 4 1.72 24 30 58 2/19 7/1 0.53 57
Walker -14 65.5 58 285.1 25 69.4 30 1.64 5 27.8 9 2/21 9/1 2.52 3
Hahn -14 72.7 36 296.4 4 79.2 4 1.72 24 29 33 0/19 3/1 -0.98 64
J. Day -13 61.8 63 285.7 20 86.1 1 1.73 26 30.3 60 0/21 8/0 -0.59 59
Jacobson -12 63.6 60 277.8 39 66.7 46 1.67 10 27 3 0/19 7/0 2.51 4
Driscoll -11 63.6 60 279.6 32 66.7 42 1.67 10 27 3 0/17 4/1 2.90 2
Goosen -11 72.7 36 270.5 60 76.4 10 1.73 29 29 33 0/18 7/0 2.03 7
AVG 68.5 46.8 281.9 30.7 74.7 18.6 1.68 15.2 28.3 23.9 0.5/20.0 6.1/0.5 1.45 23.3

Top 10 Ranks at the AT&T

FAIRWAYS GREENS/ PER STK GN/
RANK HIT RANK REGULATION RANK GIR RANK PUTT
O'Hern 1 87.3 J. Day 1 86.1 Baddeley 1 1.61 5 2.25
R. Lee 2 85.5 Fritsch 2 83.3 Garrigus 2 1.63 16 1.18
Slocum 3 83.6 Gardiner 3 80.6 Kirk 3 1.63 6 2.17
S. Brown 3 83.6 K. Stadler 4 79.2 Molder 4 1.63 11 1.88
Furyk 3 83.6 Hahn 4 79.2 Walker 5 1.64 3 2.52
LaBelle 3 83.6 Snedeker 6 77.8 Snedeker 6 1.64 8 1.93
T. Clark 8 81.8 J. Hicks 6 77.8 Na 7 1.64 23 0.65
Merrick 9 80.0 Mahan 6 77.8 K. Kraft 8 1.65 26 0.51
Owen 9 80.0 Goosen 10 76.4 Perez 9 1.66 41 -0.09
Bohn 9 80.0 McGirt 10 76.4 Driscoll 10 1.67 2 2.90
Gardiner 9 80.0

This Week's Northern Trust Open

A California friend of mine once described Riviera Country Club as "The Revered Riviera," putting on additional respect for the course. After two dates, 1929 and 1930, Riviera played host to the Los Angeles Open from 1945 through 1953. With only one other venue in 1983, Riviera has been the place since 1973.

When Ben Hogan won thrice here - 1942, 1947, 1948 - the course took on the nickname of Hogan's Alley. However, nobody gave a nickname when Arnold Palmer won three times here in 1963, 1966 and 1967.

Fred Couples, winner in 1990 and 1992, is in the field for the 31st time, besting the record that had been held by Gene Littler's 30 starts. Cory Pavin, champion in 1994 and 1995, also is in the field this week.

Tiger Woods has had 11 starts here, two as an amateur, nine as pro with his last appearance in 2006. His best finishes were a solo second in 1998 and a tie for second in 1999.

The last first-time winner was Len Mattiace in 2002. Veterans usually do well.

The event attracts International players who are prepping for next week's Match Play event: Luke Donald, Ernie Els, Sergio Garcia, Graeme McDowell, Adam Scott and Lee Westwood are in the field.

Last year, Bill Haas dropped a 45-putt to win over Phil Mickelson and Keegan Bradley on the second extra hole. Haas had a 7-under 72-68-68-69=277.

Last Five Winners and Runners-Up

2012 - Bill Haas, 7-under 277 (P1); Phil Mickelson, Keegan Bradley, 277
2011 - Aaron Baddeley, 12-under 272; Vijay Singh, 274
2010 - Steve Stricker, 16-under 268; Luke Donald, 270
2009 - Phil Mickelson, 15-under 269; Steve Stricker, 270
2008 - Phil Mickelson, 12-under 272; Jeff Quinney, 274

2012 Low Rounds (course record: 61, Ted Tryba in 1999)

Round 1: 5-under 66, Phil Mickelson
Round 2: 6-under 65, Jimmy Walker, Jarrod Lyle
Round 3: 5-under 66, Keegan Bradley, Bryce Molder, Aaron Baddeley
Round 4: 7-under 64, Sergio Garcia

All players listed are in the field except Tryba, Lyle, Stricker, Mattiace and Quinney.

This courses has tight fairways and small greens, making driving accuracy and scrambling a must. Kikuyu grass is tough in the rough, testing approaches off the fairways. Experience helps greatly here as does getting birdies at the par-4s.