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PGA Tour Stats Review: Entering the RBC Heritage

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: RBC Heritage

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 Masters, and a look ahead to this week's event, the RBC Heritage.

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 25.0 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 1.72 20 28.4 16 0/19 3/0
Texas Laird -14 66.1 8 298.3 20 69.4 7 1.60 4 27.0 10 1/22 10/0
Masters Scott -9 57.1 NA 293.8 NA 76.4 NA NA NA 30.6 NA 0/15 6/0
TOUR AVG 62.6 23.9 288.2 34.8 74.4 12.1 1.64 7.6 27.8 11.8 0.9/21.0 5.8/0.3


Last Week's Masters

GOLFER DRIVE DRIVE GIR PUTTS PUTTS
%of56 RNK DIS RNK %of72 RNK PER GIR RNK PER RND RNK
Scott -9 P1 57.1 NA 293.8 NA 76.4 NA NA NA 30.6 NA
A.Cabrera -9 P2 64.3 NA 289.4 NA 72.2 NA NA NA 29.2 NA
J. Day -7 67.9 NA 285.8 NA 65.3 NA NA NA 28.1 NA
Woods -5 55.4 NA 295.5 NA 65.3 NA NA NA 28.9 NA
Leishman -5 69.6 NA 285.6 NA 63.9 NA NA NA 28.2 NA
Snedeker -4 80.4 NA 276.5 NA 69.4 NA NA NA 29.5 NA
Olesen -4 71.4 NA 301 NA 73.6 NA NA NA 28.4 NA
Garcia -3 66.1 NA 289.9 NA 63.9 NA NA NA 28.9 NA
L. Westwood -3 67.9 NA 294 NA 58.3 NA NA NA 27.7 NA
Kuchar -3 60.7 NA 294.9 NA 65.3 NA NA NA 28.9 NA
AVG 66.1 NA 290.6 NA 67.4 NA NA NA 28.8 NA


Top-10 Ranks at the Masters

FAIRWAYS GREENS/ PER
RANK HIT RANK REGULATION RANK HOLE RANK
T. Clark 1 83.9 Scott 1 76.4 Guan (a) 1 1.50 NA
Langer 2 82.1 Olesen 2 73.6 Fowler 1 1.50 NA
Toms 3 80.4 Glover 3 72.2 Els 3 1.53 NA
Snedeker 3 80.4 A. Cabrera 3 72.2 Mize 3 1.53 NA
Huh 3 80.4 Rose 3 72.2 D. Johnson 5 1.54 NA
Bjorn 6 78.6 Dufner 6 70.8 Couples 5 1.54 NA
Donald 7 76.8 Snedeker 7 69.4 Westwood 5 1.54 NA
V. Singh 8 73.2 Van Pelt 7 69.4 Langer 8 1.56 NA
Stenson 9 71.4 V. Singh 9 68.1 Grace 8 1.56 NA
Five more at 9 71.4 Fdz-Castano 9 68.1 J. Day 8 1.56 NA


This Week's RBC Heritage

The par-71 Harbour Town Golf Links in Hilton Head Island, S.C., was designed buy Pete Dye in 1969 with Jack Nicklaus looking over his shoulder as Nicklaus was planning to start course design himself. Dye, who gained recognition with his use of railroad ties in the Caribbean, used the ties here for the first time in the U.S.

Arnold Palmer won the first PGA Tour event here with a 1-under 283. Yes, 1-under. The rest of the field was over par. Harbour Town, which at the start ran 6,657 yards, has acted as a model for Dye's tight fairways and small greens.

The course has been expanded to 7,101 yards, but the tight fairways are still there as are the small greens. In 2012, the course was ranked ninth toughest of 49 courses, just one notch behind Augusta National's No. 8 slot. Needed is driving accuracy, shot shaping, GIR, scrambling and talented putting. Experience helps.

PARAVG SCOREEAGLESBIRDIESBOGEYSDOUBLETRIPLE+
HARBOUR TOWN7172.2251,2031,32818524
AUGUSTA NATIONAL7273.5299531,1511352


Coming to Harbour Town are 35 golfers who played the Masters, headed by Brandt Snedeker, Jason Day, Matt Kuchar and others.

Tournament record: 20-under, Brain Gay (won by 10 shots!)
Course record: 61, David Frost (did not win)

Last Five Winners and Runners-Up

2012 - Carl Pettersson, 14-under 270; Zach Johnson, 275
2011 - Brandt Snedeker, 12-under 272, P1; Luke Donald, 272
2010 - Jim Furyk, 13-under 271, P1; Brain Davis, 271
2009 - Brian Gay, 20-under 264; Briny Baird, Luke Donald, 274
2008 - Bo Weekley, 15-under 269; Aaron Baddeley, Anthony Kim, 272

2012 Low Rounds

Round 1: 4-under 67, Chad Campbell, Colt Knost, Vaughn Taylor
Round 2: 6-under 65, Carl Pettersson, Charlie Hoffman
Round 3: 5-under 66, Carl Pettersson Steve Ames, Zach Johnson
Round 4: 4-under 67, Matt Every