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PGA Tour Stats Review: Entering the Zurich Classic

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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: Zurich Classic of New Orleans

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 RBC Heritage, and a look ahead to this week's event, the Zurich Classic of New Orleans.

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 49 293.8 18 76.4 1 NA NA 30.6 39 0/15 6/0
Heritage McDowell -9 P1 75.0 5 274.5 51 66.7 7 1.75 25 27.5 24 0/14 5/0
Simpson -9 P2 73.2 7 281.1 27 70.8 1 1.73 18 28.3 39 0/15 4/1
TOUR AVG 63.4 24.3 287.3 34.8 73.9 11.0 1.65 8.9 27.8 14.4 0.8/20.5 5.7/0.2



Last Week's RBC Heritage

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
McDowell -9 P1 75.0 5 274.5 51 %of72 7 1.75 25 27.5 24 0/14 5/0 1.47 6
W. Simpson -9 P2 73.2 7 281.1 27 66.7 1 1.73 18 28.3 39 0/15 4/1 0.94 13
Donald -7 69.6 17 278.2 36 70.8 19 1.76 27 28.0 36 0/16 9/0 0.85 17
Streelman -7 69.6 17 280.8 29 62.5 15 1.70 13 28.3 39 0/17 10/0 0.71 23
J. Kelly -6 82.1 1 268.0 64 63.9 54 1.63 6 25.8 2 0/17 11/0 0.81 18
Henley -5 71.4 13 284.9 13 52.8 11 1.75 24 27.8 29 0/16 7/2 0.63 29
Stroud -5 69.6 17 263.7 68 65.3 43 1.73 18 26.3 4 0/13 8/0 1.00 10
Hoffman -5 57.1 58 296.1 3 55.6 38 1.66 7 26.5 7 0/16 9/1 2.36
Nine at -3 56.9
AVG 71.0 16.9 278.4 36.4 61.8 23.5 1.71 17.3 27.3 22.5 0/15.5 7.8/0.5 1.09 16.6



Top-10 Ranks at the RBC Heritage

FAIRWAYS GREENS/ PER
RANK HIT RANK REGULATION RANK GIR RANK STK GN/
J. Kelly 1 82.4 W. Simpson 1 70.8 S. Brown 1 1.58 51 PUTT
Reavie 2 78.6 Sabbatini 2 69.4 Palmer 2 1.60 27 -0.03
Duke 3 76.8 De Jonge 2 69.4 Pettersson 3 1.61 24 0.63
T. Clark 3 76.8 Perez 4 68.1 R.H. Lee 4 1.62 2 0.69
McDowell 5 75.0 Cink 4 68.1 Garrigus 4 1.62 4 2.04
Potter 5 75.0 Reavie 4 68.1 J. Kelly 6 1.63 18 1.70
W. Simpson 7 73.2 McDowell 7 66.7 Hoffman 7 1.66 1 0.81
Hicks 7 73.2 Horschel 7 66.7 Villegas 3 1.79 3 2.36
Pettersson 7 73.2 Weekley 7 66.7 Perez 9 1.67 44 1.79
Dufner 7 73.2 K. Stadler 7 66.7 Potter 10 1.68 5 0.17
Furyk 7 73.2 1.56
Leonard 7 73.2



This Week's Zurich Classic of New Orleans

Following Pete Dye's Heritage track with another Dye course might raise some noise from the players. The 7,425-yard, par-72 TPC Louisiana featuring Dye's tight fairways and small greens has other Dye trademarks. While the Heritage was somewhat short, TPC Louisiana is long.

The course was built out of a swamp, as was Dye's TPC-Sawgrass (Players Stadium). It's flat with 103 punitive bunkers, 60 of which are pot bunkers and one of which is 150 yards. Added are several waste bunkers in the surrounding course's three sides. The small greens are excellent and not extremely fast.

Amateur phenom Tian Lang Guan is in the field using a sponsor's exemption. His short game and deadly putting at the Masters set high expectations. He will receive a strong New Orleans welcome and plenty of TV coverage.

NEEDS: Driving accuracy is very important, take advantage of par-5s, strong iron play, 150 yards out as well as close to greens; scrambling is as important as putting. In 2012, the course had tight lies that forced fat shots close to the greens.

Last year's winner, Jason Dufner, became the 12th player since 1990 to make the Zurich his first PGA Tour win. First timers have a good chance here.

TPC Louisiana ranked 39th in the top-50 toughest courses of the 2012 PGA Tour.

Avg Score: 70.998
Eagles: 40
Birdies: 1,738
Bogeys: 1,024
Doubles: 137
Triples: 18

Round 1 Scoring: 71.8
Round 2: 70.6
Round 3: 70.6
Round 4: 70.1
Total: 70.9

Eight times since 2003, the win was decided by one stroke or a playoff.

Last Five Winners and Runners-Up

2012 - Jason Dufner*, 19-under, 269 (P1); Ernie Els*, 269
2911 - Bubba Watson*, 15-under 273 (P1); Webb Simpson, 273
2010 - Jason Bohn*, 18-under 270; Jeff Overton*, 272
2009 - Jerry Kelly*, 14-under 274; Charles Howell*, Rory Sabbatini*, Charlie Wi* 275
2008 - Andres Romero*, 13-under 275; Pat Lonard, 276

2012 Low Rounds

Round 1: 7-under 65, Cameron Tringale*, Ken Duke*
Round 2: 8-under 64, Russell Knox, Greg Chalmers* (course record)
Round 3: 8-under 64, Ryan Palmer*
Round 4: 6-under 66, Jeff Overton*, David Mathis*

* = in 2013 field
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