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PGA Tour Stats Review: Entering the Wells Fargo 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: 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 Zurich Classic of New Orleans, and a look ahead to this week's event, Wells Fargo 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 25.0 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
Zurich Horschel -20 55.4 63 288.3 27 81.9 2 1.56 1 27.5 17 0/15 4/1
TOUR AVG 62.9 26.8 287.4 34.3 74.4 10.4 1.64 8.3 27.8 14.6 0.8/20.9 5.6/0.3



Last Week's Zurich Classic of New Orleans

GOLFER DRIVE DRIVE GIR PUTTS PUTTS EAGLE/ BOGEY/
%of56 RNK DIS RNK %of72 RNK PER GIR RNK PER RND RNK BIRDIE DBL
Horschel -20 55.4 63 288.3 27 81.9 2 1.56 1 27.5 17 0/26 4/1
Points -19 82.1 1 276.4 58 69.4 38 1.60 5 25.5 1 0/21 2/0
Stanley -17 62.5 36 299.3 8 81.9 2 1.68 23 29.0 52 1/21 6/0
Gates -15 64.3 28 289.5 23 69.1 44 1.65 15 26.5 4 0/21 4/1
Glover -15 64.3 28 296.4 11 72.8 29 1.59 3 27.3 14 0/24 9/0
Weekley -14 73.2 9 284.7 38 76.4 10 1.66 17 29.0 52 3/16 8/0
English -14 60.7 47 292.2 16 79.2 6 1.67 21 28.8 42 0/21 5/1
Watkins -13 62.5 36 268.3 68 65.3 57 1.62 8 26.0 3 0/22 9/0
Peterson -13 69.6 13 284.1 39 65.3 57 1.57 2 25.8 2 0/21 6/1
Colsaerts -13 50.0 68 308.2 1 77.8 8 1.71 38 29.0 52 1/19 6/1
D.H. Lee -13 80.4 2 279.4 50 75.0 17 1.72 40 28.5 35 1/15 4/0
K. Stadler -13 60.7 47 286.8 35 76.4 10 1.71 35 29.3 58 1/22 11/0
Walker -13 50.0 68 305.0 4 66.7 51 1.67 21 27.3 14 1/18 5/1
AVG 64.3 34.3 289.1 29.1 73.6 25.5 1.65 17.6 27.7 26.6 0/15.5 6.0/0.3
(Note: Stats not available for Luke Guthrie (-13).)


Top-10 Ranks at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans

FAIRWAYS GREENS/ PER STK GN/
RANK HIT RANK REGULATION RANK GIR RANK PUTT
Points 1 82.1 Rose 1 84.7 Horschel 1 1.56 3 1.77
D.H. Lee 2 80.4 Horschel 2 81.9 Peterson 2 1.57 18 0.92
Svoboda 2 80.4 Stanley 2 81.9 Glover 3 1.59 19 0.82
B. Davis 4 78.6 Barnes 4 80.6 Els 4 1.59 13 1.30
Barnes 4 78.6 Appleby 4 80.6 Points 5 1.60 2 1.87
R. Lee 6 76.8 English 6 79.2 LaBelle II 6 1.61 1 2.45
Duke 6 76.8 R. Lee 6 79.2 Gainey 6 1.61 12 1.36
Williams 8 75.0 Colsaerts 8 77.8 A. Watkins 8 1.62 9 1.51
Maggert 9 73.2 Castro 8 77.8 Hoffman 8 1.62 21 0.69
Tomasulo 9 73.2 Seven T10 10 76.4 Chalmers 10 1.62 32 0.28


This Week's Wells Fargo Championship

Quail Hollow Club's first PGA Tour event was played in 2003 when David Toms won with 10-under 278. Vijay Singh, Robert Gamez and Brent Geiberger shared second at 280. The sponsor was Wachovia Bank until Wells Fargo Bank put its name up after buying Wachovia.

It didn't take long for the spreading of the high-quality course to the pros. What they found was a classic course in superb condition that rewarded good play but quick to penalize poor play. The greens have been praised for being challenging but accessible and very well maintained. So, in the last two weeks, the eighth and 10th greens have been re-sodded just before tournament time. The 13th was also re-sodded, but that was done for aesthetic reasons. After this week all of the greens are to be completely renovated in preparation for the 2017 PGA Championship.

In 2010, Rory McIlroy was the last player to make the cut on the number and go on to win. His winning week had a low score of the day, 6-under 66, in the third round, and he went even deeper in round four with a course-record 10-under 62 that sealed his first PGA Tour win. Twenty-one players ranked second to 50th in the Official World Golf Rankings are in the field.

Quail Hollow, however, is no pushover. The demanding three finishing holes - par-4, par3, par-4 - dubbed "The Green Mile," have provided success and disaster with the 18th being the most difficult on the course. Last year the 18th had 38 birdies, 126 bogeys, 24 double bogeys and four triple bogeys. Beware!

Scoring Average

Round 1: 71.7
Round 2: 72.0
Round 3: 71.2
Round 4: 72.3
Total: 71.8

Tournament record: 16-under 272, Anthony Kim, 2008 (Wachovia bank offered an interest point matching the winner's score to par, 16-under. DISCLOSURE: I lived in Wachovia's business area and enjoyed three months of 16 percent interest in my too-small savings deposit.)

Last Five Winners and Runners-Up

2012 - Rickie Fowler*, 14-under 274 (P1); Rory McIlroy*, D.A. Points*, 274 (P2)
2011 - Lucas Glover*, 15-under 273; Jonathan Byrd*, 273
2010 - Rory McIlroy*, 15-under 273; Phil Mickelson*, 277
2009 - Sean O'Hair*, 11-under 277; Lucas Glover, Bubba Watson*, 278
2008 - Anthony Kim, 16-under 272; Ben Curtis*, 277

2012 Low Rounds

Round 1: 7-under 65, Ryan Moore*, Stewart Cink, Webb Simpson*
Round 2: 8-under 64, Ben Crane*, Nick Watney*
Round 3: 7-under 65, Geoff Ogilvy*
Round 4: 6-under 66, Lee Westwood*

*Asterisk indicates player in 2013 field

Need: Ball-striking with emphasis on driving accuracy, proximity to hole, scrambling as important as putting, avoid three-putting on slick greens.