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PGA Tour Stats Review: Entering the Byron Nelson Championship

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Ed Cushing

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PGA TOUR STATS: Byron Nelson 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 Players Championship, and a look ahead to this week's event, the Byron Nelson Championship.

The results grid was reduced for easier reading, starting with the Northern Trust Open. However, the AVERAGE statistics at the bottom of the grid reflect data from completed 2013 tournaments.

For results from earlier events, go here.

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
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
Wells Fargo Ernst -8 P1 58.9 13 285.4 11 75.0 3 1.82 43 30.0 34 0/18 10/0
Players Woods -13 67.9 19 288.4 22 76.4 3 1.71 26 28.5 35 1/18 5/1
TOUR AVG 63.0 25.6 287.3 32.3 74.5 9.6 1.65 11.4 28.0 16.8 0.7/20.5 5.8/0.3



Last Week's Players Championship

GOLFER DRIVE DRIVE GIR PUTTS PUTTS EAGLE/ BOGEY/
%of56 RNK DIS RNK %of72 RNK PER GIR RNK PER RND RNK BIRDIE DBL
Woods -13 67.9 19 288.4 22 76.4 3 1.71 26 28.5 35 1/18 5/1
Streelman -11 76.8 7 286.7 30 77.8 2 1.77 58 29.8 64 0/18 7/0
Maggert -11 73.2 8 276.9 64 70.8 12 1.75 42 28.0 17 0/20 7/1
Lingmerth -11 69.6 15 293.4 12 66.1 14 1.69 23 27.8 14 1/19 10/0
Laird -10 67.9 19 288.9 18 66.7 35 1.63 3 27.5 9 1/19 7/2
Stenson -10 71.4 12 291.8 18 70.8 12 1.67 15 28.8 40 2/16 8/1
Palmer -10 58.9 45 294.3 8 58.3 69 1.55 1 25.5 1 2/20 12/1
Crane -7 51.8 67 272.9 74 63.9 48 1.63 6 27.0 3 0/19 10/1
McIlroy -7 60.7 39 294.5 7 72.2 10 1.71 29 28.5 29 0/16 9/0
Snedeker -7 67.9 19 279.8 56 66.7 35 1.65 10 27.5 9 0/21 14/0
Leishman -7 58.9 45 284.8 39 69.4 19 1.66 13 28.0 17 1/17 10/1
Westwood -7 67.9 19 285.4 31 76.4 3 1.75 42 29.8 64 1/14 5/2
Wittenberg -7 62.5 35 280.4 34 63.9 48 1.65 12 27.3 6 0/18 11/0
Garcia -7 58.9 45 280.9 53 70.8 12 1.63 5 27.5 9 0/21 8/1/1



Top-10 Ranks from the Players Championship

FAIRWAYS GREENS/ PER STK GN/
RANK HIT RANK REGULATION RANK GIR RANK PUTT
Castro 1 83.9 Every 1 79.2 Palmer 1 1.55 22 0.69
Weekley 1 83.9 Streelman 2 77.8 Romero 2 1.62 3 2.01
W. Simpson 3 80.4 Woods 3 76.4 Laird 3 1.63 1 2.05
De Jonge 4 78.6 Westwood 3 76.4 Walker 3 1.63 9 1.41
J. Kelly 4 78.6 Scott 5 75.0 Garcia 5 1.63 5 1.75
Davis 4 78.6 J. Kelly 5 75.0 Crane 6 1.63 4 1.79
Streelman 7 76.8 Kaymer 5 75.0 Watson 7 1.63 28 0.60
Scott 8 73.2 Choi 5 75.0 Hearn 8 1.64 16 0.87
Wi 8 73.2 Oosthuizen 9 73.6 Hahn 9 1.64 41 0.36
Hahn 8 73.2 McIlroy 10 72.2 Snedeker 10 1.65 18 0.85
Maggert 8 73.2 Stanley 10 72.2



This week's Byron Nelson Championship

Play started in 1944 as the Dallas Open with Byron Nelson winning, 8-under, at the par-71 Lakewood CC. Many, many changes in venues ensued through the years, including two courses until 2007, with TPC-Four Seasons Las Colinas (par-70) surviving.

Byron Nelson issued hand-written player invitations to his tournament and shook hands with all finishing players after 72 holes. In doing this, Nelson showed his appreciation of the players' involvement. Back in those days the big hitters loved to come here.

In his playing days, 1933-1966, Nelson racked up 52 titles, including 11 consecutive wins - still a record. In that run (1945-46) he earned $30,250 - in later days, Tiger Woods won seven straight with earnings of $7,926,480. Woods remains second to Nelson.

Nelson died in 2006 at age 94. The number of highly ranked golfers coming to the Nelson has slowly diminished due to attractive purses, many of which are in Europe at the same time as the Nelson. This year, 11 players ranked in the Official World Golf Rankings are in the field: Louis Oosthuizen (7), Matt Kuchar (11), Kegan Bradley (14), Dustin Johnson (19), Charl Schwartzel (16), defending champ Jason Dufner (20), Jason Day (25), Martin Kaymer (34), Robert Garrigus (36), Scott Piercy (38) and D.A. Points (46).

Players of interest include Chinese 14-year-old Guan Tianlang, who was low amateur and youngest amateur making the cut at this year's Masters. Also, local boy Jordan Spieth, who tied for 16th at the 2010 Nelson while an amateur still in high school. In 2011, as a freshman at the University of Texas, he tied for 32nd.

Tournament record: 23-under 261, Rory Sabbatini,* 2009

Course record: 61, Cameron Beckman* (as an alternate), 2010; Justin Leonard*, 2001; Charley Rymer, 1996; Billy Mayfair*, 1993

Last Five Winners and Runners-Up

2012 - Jason Dufner*, 15-under 269 (P1); Dicky Pride*, 269
2011 - Keegan Bradley*, 7-under 277 (P1); Ryan Palmer*, 277
2010 - Jason Day*, 14-under 270; Brian Gay*, Blake Adams, Jeff Overton*, 272
2009 - Rory Sabbatini*, 23-under 261; Brian Davis, 263
2008 - Adam Scott, 11-under 273 (P1); Ryan Moore, 273

2012 Low Rounds

Round 1: 6-under 64, Ryan Palmer*
Round 2: 5-under 65, Brian Davis*
Round 3: 5-under 65, Bob Estes* Joe Durant* (alternate)
Round 4: 5-under 65, Joe Durant* (alternate

*Asterisk indicates player in 2013 field
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