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PGA Tour Stats Review: Entering the Tampa Bay Championship

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: Tampa Bay 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 WGC-Cadillac Championship, and a look ahead to this week's event, the Tampa Bay Championship.

2012 full-season results
2011 full-season results

2013 PGA Tour Events

EVENT WINNER DRIVE DRIVE GIR PUTTS PUTTS EAGLE/ BOGEY/
%of56 RNK DIS RNK %of72 RNK PER GIR RNK PER RND RNK BIRDIE DBL
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 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
NorTrust Merrick -11 53.6 27 298.6 20 63.9 23 1.67 8 27.5 10 2/17 10/0
Honda M.Thompson -9 71.4 9 279.7 53 66.6 5 1.71 8 27.8 10 1/18 11/0
Cadillac Woods -19 53.6 30 296.5 21 69.4 7 1.52 1 25 2 0/27 8/0
TOUR AVG 62.9 21.1 289.9 30.7 75.9 10.7 1.63 7.8 27.6 13.0 1/19.1 4.8/0.3



Last Week's WGC-Cadillac Championship


GOLFER DRIVE DRIVE GIR PUTTS PUTTS EAGLE/ BOGEY/
%of56 RNK DIS RNK %of72 RNK PER GIR RNK PER RND RNK BIRDIE DBL
Woods -19 53.6 30 296.5 21 69.4 7 1.52 1 25.0 2 0/27 8/0
Stricker -17 58.9 15 280.9 51 68.1 10 1.63 4 26.3 8 0/21 4/0
McDowell -14 75.0 1 278.5 58 72.2 4 1.67 15 27.5 28 2/17 3/3
Scott -14 60.7 11 309.9 2 66.7 14 1.65 7 27.0 19 1/23 7/2
Garcia -14 58.9 15 291.6 31 73.6 2 1.74 28 27.5 28 0/20 4/1
Mickelson -14 57.1 20 293.6 28 73.6 2 1.66 13 28.3 42 0/21 5/1
K. Bradley -12 58.9 15 304.3 8 66.7 14 1.73 26 27.8 33 3/11 5/0
McIlroy -10 51.8 38 312.1 1 70.1 6 1.69 9 28.3 42 2/20 12/1
Rose -10 48.2 49 305.5 5 68.1 10 1.78 41 27.5 28 0/17 2/1
Hanson -10 44.6 58 302.4 11 52.8 54 1.66 10 25.3 3 1/16 6/1
M. Thompson -10 73.2 2 285.6 40 68.1 10 1.77 35 27.3 21 1/15 7/0
AVG 58.3 23.1 296.4 23.3 68.1 12.1 1.75 17.2 27.1 23.1 0.9/18.9 5.7/0.9



Top-10 Ranks at the WGC-Cadillac Championship

FAIRWAYS GREENS/ PER STK GN/
RANK HIT RANK REGULATION RANK GIR RANK PUTT
McDowell 1 75.0 Colsaerts 1 75.0 Woods 1 1.52 2 1.97
M. Thompson 2 73.2 Garcia 2 73.6 Gay 2 1.55 3 1.70
Fowler 3 71.4 Mickelson 2 73.6 J. Day 3 1.62 14 0.66
Mahan 4 69.6 McDowell 4 72.2 Stricker 4 1.63 1 2.67
Sterne 5 66.1 Dufner 4 72.2 D. Johnson 5 1.64 18 0.56
Harrinton 5 66.1 McIlroy 6 70.8 Furyk 6 1.64 46 -0.36
Huh 7 64.3 Woods 7 69.4 A. Scott 7 1.65 31 -0.02
T. Clark 7 64.3 Noren 7 69.4 G. Fernandez 8 1.65 29 0.06
Westwood 9 62.5 Westwood 7 69.4 Wiratchant 9 1.66 8 0.95
Piercy 9 62.5 Stricker 10 68.1 Hanson 10 1.66 4 1.41
Rose 10 68.1 Jacobson 10 1.66 10 0.83
M. Thompson 10 68.1
Schwartzel 10 68.1



This Week's Tampa Bay Championship

The PGA Tour started regularly visiting the Tampa Bay area in 2000. Since then, this event has used the Copperhead Course at the Innisbrook Resort at Palm Harbor, FL., north of Tampa.

While the Copperhead Course was consistently used, things have been shaky since the 2000 start. The first event, titled "Tampa Bay Classic," lasted only to 2002. The Chrysler Championship held forth from 2003 to 2006; PODS Championship for 2007 and 2008 followed by Transitions Championship from 2009 through last year. This year's presenting sponsor, Everbank Financial, stepped in just two weeks ago.

Despite the instability, the tournaments have attracted good fields prepping for the upcoming Masters. The par-71 Copperhead track is a tough course ranging with a high score of 266 (-18) by Vijay Singh in 2004, to a low of 280 (-4) by Sean O'Hair.

Fairways are tight and the rough is usually tall, making accurate driving essential. Birdies are rare - just like a U.S. Open layout. Bogey avoidance and GIR are vital. Scrambling will be important, plus players will have to be solid in putting. Check out your selections in the Strokes Gained-Putting data at PGA Tour.com/stats.

Last Five Winners and Runners-Up

2012 - Luke Donald*, 13-under 271 (P1); Sang-Moon Bae, Jim Furyk*, Robert Garrigus*, 271 (P2)
2011 - Gary Woodland*, 15-under 269; Webb Simpson*, 270
2010 - Jim Furyk*, 13-under 271; K.J. Choi*, 272
2009 - Retief Goosen, 8-under 276; Charles Howell III*, Brett Quigley, 277
2008 - Sean O'Hair*, 4-under 280; Ryuji Imada, Troy Matteson*, John Senden*, George McNeill*, Stewart Cink*, Billy Mayfair, 282

2012 Low Rounds (Course record: 61, Padraig Harrington, 2012)

Round 1: 10-under 61, Padraig Harrington*
Round 2: 5-under 66, Sun-Moon Bae*, Jason Dufner*, John Mallinger*
Round 3: 6-under 65, Retief Goosen*
Round 4: 9-under 62, Scott Piercy*

2012 Scoring Averages

Round 1: 70.7
Round 2: 71.2
Round 3: 70.2
Round 4: 70.5
TOTAL: 70.7

NOTE: Choi (-17) won in 2002; Goosen (-12) won in 2003

Players with asterisks are in the 2013 field.
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