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PGA Tour Stats Review: Entering the Texas 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: Texas 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 Houston Open, and a look ahead to this week's event, the Texas Open.

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
Tampa Streelman -10 69.2 11 270.8 48 68.1 11 1.67 4 27.8 6 0/19 9/0
A.Palmer Woods -13 53.6 71 279.1 49 63.9 34 1.63 1 27.5 4 3/17 10/0
Houston Points -16 64.3 31 284.1 60 80.3 9 1.719 20 28.4 16 0/19 3/0
TOUR AVG 62.7 25.3 286.9 36.1 74.6 12.5 1.64 7.9 27.7 11.9 01/21/05 5.4/0.3



Last Week's Houston Open

GOLFER DRIVE DRIVE GIR PUTTS PUTTS EAGLE/ BOGEY/ STK GN/
%of56 RNK DIS RNK %of72 RNK PER GIR RNK PER RND RNK BIRDIE DBL PUTT RNK
Points -16 64.3 31 284.1 60 80.3 9 1.72 20 28.4 16 0/19 3/0 1.01 11
Stenson -15 69.7 12 303.2 13 80.5 8 1.78 47 29.8 42 0/19 4/0 1.16 9
Horschel -15 62.5 42 297.9 23 73.6 27 1.57 1 27.5 2 0/25 10/0 2.05 1
D. Johnson -14 41.1 72 319.4 1 72.2 38 1.73 22 28.3 10 1/19 7/0 1.75 4
Cink -14 58.9 52 285.7 57 80.3 10 1.75 34 29.2 31 0/15 2/0 0.01 41
Crane -14 67.9 15 290.6 45 80.6 6 1.71 15 29.3 32 1/16 4/0 0.38 29
Chappell -13 66.1 21 303.1 14 73.6 27 1.72 18 28.5 17 0/20 7/0 0.76 17
Kokrak -12 62.5 42 313.3 4 68.1 57 1.69 13 27.0 1 0/21 5/2 0.88 16
De Jonge -11 64.3 61 297.9 22 76.4 16 1.75 27 29.3 31 0/18 7/0 -0.16 47
AVG 61.9 38.7 299.5 26.6 76.2 22 1.71 21.9 28.6 20.2 0.2/19.1 5.4/0.2 0.87 19.4



Top-10 Ranks at the Houston Open

FAIRWAYS GREENS/ PER STK GN/
RANK HIT RANK REGULATION RANK GIR RANK PUTT
Henley 1 82.1 Tringale 1 83.3 Horschel 1 1.57 1 2.05
A. Cabrera 2 78.6 B. Haas 2 87.9 Mickelson 2 1.62 25 0.41
Park 2 78.6 C. Hoffman 2 87.9 Walker 3 1.64 16 0.80
LaBelle 4 76.8 Owen 2 87.9 C. Howell 4 1.65 6 1.36
Davis 5 75.0 Stenson 6 80.6 Baddeley 5 1.66 5 1.58
D.H. Lee 5 75.0 Crane 6 80.6 Perez 6 1.67 48 -0.17
Stricker 7 73.2 A, Cabrera 6 80.6 Teater 6 1.67 55 -0.25
J. Kelly 7 73.2 Herron 6 80.6 K. Bradley 8 1.67 30 0.36
Perez 9 71.4 Cink 10 79.2 Cauley 9 1.68 18 0.72
Leonard 9 71.4 Points 10 79.2 K. Kraft 10 1.69 42 -0.01
Stenson 12 69.6 Stafler 10 79.2
Oosthuizen 12 69.6
Tringale 12 68.6



This Week's Texas Open

Masters Preparation II - The final warm-up.

The winner of the Texas Open, if not already qualified, will be the last Masters PGA Tour entry. Plenty of golfers are tuning up for next week, others are shooting for the win that buys a ticket to Augusta.

The full field includes Official World Golf Rank (OWGR) players: No. 2 Rory McIlroy, No. 9 Matt Kuchar, No. 12 Ian Poulter, No. 15 Charl Schwartzel, No. 22 Peter Hanson, No. 27 Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano, No. 33 Jamie Donaldson, No. 42 George Coetzee and No. 46 Freddie Jacobson.

The Texas Open goes back to 1922, attracting the leading players of their era. Wins for a few: Ben Hogan, Sam Snead (2), Arnold Palmer (3 consecutive) Ben Crenshaw (2) Justin Leonard* (3) and Zack Johnson (2 consecutive).

LaCantera Golf Club played host to the event starting in 1995 offering 72 holes after 17 years of par-70 and par-71 courses. The new TPC San Antonio (par-72 AT&T Oaks Course), designed by Pete Dye and Greg Norman, took over in 2010.

In 2003 at the par-70 LaCantera, Tommy Armour III, shot a 64-62-63-65, establishing the lowest 72-hole score, 26-under 254, which still stands.

TPC San Antonio ranked as the fourth-toughest course on the PGA Tour in 2012.

Yards: 7,435
Avg Score: 73.9
Eagles: 24
Birdies: 1,338
Bogeys: 1,660
Doubles: 252
Triples: 40

Harder Courses:

1. Olympic (U.S. Open)
2. Kiawah Island (PGA)
3. Congressional (Blue)

The par-4 9th hole was ranked 21st-toughest hole on 2012 PGA Tour.

Avg Score: 4.344
Birdies: 52
Bogeys: 133
Doubles: 27
Triples: 2

The par-4 4th hole was ranked 24th-toughest hole on 2012 PGA Tour.

Avg score: 4.3
Birdies: 42
Bogeys: 131
Doubles: 27
Triples: 7

Course record: 9-under 63, Matt Every* 2012

Last Five Winners and Runners-Up

2012 - Ben Curtis*, 9-under 279; Matt Every, John Huh*, 281
2011 - Brenden Steele*, 8-under 280; Kevin Chappel*, Charley Hoffman*
2010 - Adam Scott, 14-under 274; Freddie Jacobson*
2009 - Zach Johnson (P1), 15-under 265; James Driscoll (P2), 265 (LaC Par 70)
2008 - Zach Johnscon, 19-under 261; Charlie Wi, Tim Wilkinson, Mark Wilson, 263 (LaC Par 70)

2012 Low rounds (finish in parenthesis)

Round 1: 9-under 63, Matt Every* (T2)
Round 2: 7-under 65, Cameron Tringale* (T9), John Huh* (T2)
Round 3: 5-under 67, Matt Kuchar* (T14), John Huh (T2)
Round 4: 6-under 66, Jerry Kelly* (T18), David Hearn (T10)

As seen by the numbers, this is a very difficult course that measures up to the toughest. However, going low is still alive here. Unless the course set-up is drastically softened, one can expect tough scores, especially if wind comes. This course demands experience and patience plus good driving distance, excellent driving accuracy, GIR, scrambling and putting - the Holy Grail of scoring. Set your roster carefully.

*Asterisks indicate players in this year's field.
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