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PGA Tour Stats Review: Entering the Match Play Championship

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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: WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship

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 Northern Trust Open, and a look ahead to this week's event, the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship.

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
No. Trust Merrick -11 P1 53.6 27 298.6 20 63.9 23 1.67 8 27.5 10 2/17 10/0
Beljan -11 P2 50.0 40 294.7 34 72.2 1 1.75 24 29.3 49 0/19 6/1
TOUR AVG 63.0 21.6 290.4 28.9 78.1 12.0 1.63 8.7 27.9 15.0 1.0/15.4 2.7/0.3



Last Week's Northern Trust 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
Merrick -11 P1 53.6 27 298.6 20 63.9 23 1.67 8 27.5 10 2/17 10/0 1.15 16
Beljan -11 P2 50.0 40 294.7 34 72.2 1 1.75 24 29.3 49 0/19 6/1 1.67 8
Schwartzel -10 46.4 54 305.7 5 69.4 6 1.76 31 28.5 31 0/15 5/0 1.71 6
Jacobson -10 55.4 21 291.9 39 70.8 3 1.77 36 28.3 25 0/18 6/1 1.15 15
B. Haas -10 44.6 62 285.9 55 68.1 10 1.67 7 28.0 17 1/17 9/0 1.80 4
Teater -9 53.6 27 304.6 9 59.7 35 1.58 1 26.8 6 2/18 11/1 2.06 1
W. Simpson -9 50.0 40 297.0 27 63.9 23 1.74 20 27.3 8 0/16 7/0 1.56 9
Bae -8 46.4 54 295.1 32 70.8 3 1.65 3 28.8 37 0/23 11/2 1.90 3
Mahan -8 55.4 21 305.3 6 69.4 6 1.74 21 29.5 53 0/21 13/0 0.65 29
AVG 50.6 38.4 297.6 25.2 67.6 12.2 1.70 16.8 28.2 26.2 0.6/18.2 8.7/0.6 1.52 10.1



Top 10 Ranks at the Northern Trust Open

FAIRWAYS GREENS/ PER STK GN/
RANK HIT RANK REGULATION RANK GIR RANK PUTT
Yang 1 71.4 Beljan 1 72.2 Teater 1 1.58 1 2.06
Potter 2 69.6 R. Fisher 1 72.2 Davis 2 1.61 18 1.10
Furyk 3 67.9 Bae 3 70.8 Bae 3 1.65 3 1.90
Bradley 4 64.3 Tringale 3 70.8 Wi 4 1.65 13 1.24
Tringale 5 62.5 Mahan 6 69.4 Mallinger 5 1.65 22 0.75
Henry 5 62.5 Furyk 6 69.4 Donald 6 1.66 46 -0.01
Chalmers 7 60.7 Schwartzel 6 69.4 B. Haas 7 1.67 4 1.80
Els 7 60.7 B. Haas 10 68.1 Merrick 8 1.67 16 1.15
Estes 7 60.7 Potter 10 68.1 Rollins 8 1.67 19 1.03
Streelmand 7 60.7 DeLaet 10 68.1 Kirk 8 1.67 62 -0.45
Kirk 7 60.7 Estes 10 68.1 Herron 11 1.68 25 0.71
Henry 10 68.1



This Week's WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship

The top-64 players in the Official World Golf Rankings go man-to-man in match play starting Wednesday. Play is at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club at Dove Mountain, Marana, Ariz., near Tucson.

While this is a resort course, it will play considerably different from the usual resort tracks. Jack Nicklaus designed and built the course, and in some years there were moans and groans by players. Be assured, the course will not be easy but iwill demand concentration and sharp play.

Like most Jack Nicklaus courses, the greens will present control and careful execution on the undulating surfaces and testing pin placements. Course management at its best is needed to survive.

In past years surprising upsets have appeared with lesser lights ousting higher-ranked players - in the first round!

2011:

Matteo Manassero (57 seed) def. Steve Stricker (8) 2&1
Stewart Cink (53) def. Ian Poulter (12) 19 holes
Thomas Bjorn (62) def. Tiger Woods (1) 19 holes
Mark Wilson (51) def. Dustin Johnson (14) 19 holes

2012:

Ernie Els (64) def. Luke Donald (1) 5&4 (Wow!)
Robert Rock (57) def. Adam Scott (8) 1-up
Y.E. Wang (53) def. Graeme McDowell (12) 2&1
Miguel A. Jimenez (50) def. Sergio Garcia (15) 2&1
Matteo Manassero (59) def. Webb Simpson ( 6) 3&2

Anything can happen - Luke Donald had won seven first-round WGC matches until 2012.