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PGA Tour Stats Review: Entering the Crowne Plaza Invitational

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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: Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial

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 Byron Nelson Championship, and a look ahead to this week's event, the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial.

The results grid was reduced for easier reading, starting with the Honda Classic. 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
Honda 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 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
W.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
B.Nelson Bae -13 53.6 39 308.5 14 73.6 9 1.642 1 27.8 8 0/21 6/1
TOUR AVG 63.0 25.6 287.3 32.3 74.5 9.6 1.65 11.4 28.0 16.8 0.7/20.6 5.8/0.3



Last Week's Byron Nelson Championship

GOLFER DRIVE DRIVE GIR PUTTS PUTTS EAGLE/ BOGEY/
%of56 RNK DIS RNK %of72 RNK PER GIR RNK PER RND RNK BIRDIE DBL
Bae -13 53.6 39 308.5 14 73.6 9 1.64 1 27.8 8 0/21 6/1
K. Bradley -11 53.6 39 321.3 2 68.1 28 1.69 9 28 10 1/20 11/0
Schwartzel -10 64.3 10 306 26 79.2 1 1.77 27 29.5 38 0/17 7/0
Bolli -9 48.2 52 292 52 69.4 21 1.80 44 28.3 14 0/13 4/0
Hoffmann -8 50 48 307.7 17 69.4 21 1.82 50 28.8 20 0/17 7/1
Kaymer -8 62.5 13 299.4 37 72.2 11 1.83 55 29.5 38 0/14 6/0
Piercy -8 60.7 18 316 5 77.8 2 1.82 53 30.8 63 0/17 7/1
Hoffman -7 57.1 30 301.6 33 63.9 49 1.74 19 27.8 8 1/12 7/0
Huh -7 67.8 4 293.4 49 76.4 3 1.73 15 29.8 45 1/16 11/0
Ishikawa -6 46.4 57 291.7 53 75 7 1.72 13 29.3 30 1/16 8/2
DeLaet -6 66.1 7 317.7 3 76.4 3 1.78 33 30.1 56 0/16 8/1
AVG 57.3 28.8 305.0 26.5 72.9 14.1 1.76 29.0 29.1 30.0 0.3/16.2 7.4/0.5



Top-10 Ranks at the Byron Nelson Championship

FAIRWAYS GREENS/ PER
RANK HIT RANK REGULATION RANK GIR
Knost 1 73.2 Schwartzel 1 79.2 BAE 1 1.64
Reavie 2 71.4 Piercy 2 77.8 Short 2 1.64
J. Kelly 3 69.6 Huh 3 76.4 Driscoll 3 1.66
Hicks 4 67.9 DeLaet 3 76.4 Bohn 4 1.67
Huh 4 67.9 Leishman 3 76.4 Villegas 5 1.68
D.H. Lee 4 67.9 Rollins 3 76.4 English 6 1.69
DeLaet 7 66.1 Ishikawa 7 75.0 Claxton 6 1.69
Potter 7 66.1 Day 7 75.0 Leonard 6 1.69
Appleby 7 66.1 BAE 9 73.6 K. Bradley 9 1.69
Schwartzel 10 64.3 Dufner 9 73.6 Barnes 9 1.69
Bohn 10 64.3
Compton 10 64.3



This Week's Crowne Plaza Invitational

The Colonial Country Club at Fort Worth, Texas, first accommodated professional competition in 1946. In mid-May 1946, Ben Hogan won the first tournament with 1-under 279 on the par-70, 7,035-yard course. Since then little has changed the distances. In May 1969, distance was increased from 7,035 to 7,142 - that lasted until late 1979. Changes were modest through to 2009 when distance was boosted to today's 7,204.

Hogan's wins in 1946, 1947, 1951, 1953 and 1959 generated the course's nickname, "Hogan's Alley." Obviously, he was the first professional to command a single tournament.

Last year's winner, Zach Johnson, had a three-stroke lead over Jason Dufner entering the fourth round's 18th hole where Johnson failed to correctly replace a moved marker on the green. That drew a two-stroke penalty leaving him with a one-stroke win. Lucky!!

What is an Invitational, you ask? This Invitational is one of five on the PGA Tour. The others are the Arnold Palmer, RBC Heritage, The Memorial and AT&T National. Fields generally are close to 132 players as compared with the usual full-field 156 and majors.
Every year, past champions of the Crown Plaza Invitational select two golfers to compete in the event who otherwise are not eligible, a unique PGA Tour tradition known as Champions Choice. This year's exemptions are 19-year old Jordan Spieth and Franklin Corpening. Spieth has seven PGA Tour cuts made in 10 starts. Corpening's six cuts in seven Web.com Tour starts, including a third place last Sunday. The Crowne Plaza will be Corpening's first PGA Tour event.

Tournament Record: 21-under 259, Zach Johnson, 2010

Course Record: 61, Chad Campbell*, 2004, Kenny Perry, 2003, Justin Leonard*, 2003, Greg Kraft, 1999

Last Five Winners and Runners-Up

2012 - Zach Johnson*, 2-under 268; Jason Dufner*, 269
2011 - David Toms*, 5-under 265; Charlie Wi*, 266
2010 - Zach Johnspn*, 11-under 259; Brian Davis*, 262
2009 - Steve Stricker, 7-under 263 (P1); Tim Clark* (P2), Steve Marino, 263
2008 - Phil Mickelson, 4-under 266; Tim Clark*, Rod Pampling, 267

2012 Low Rounds

Round 1: 6-under 64, Zach Johnson*
Round 2: 6-under 64, Jason Dufner, Brad Van Pelt*, Bryce Molder*
Round 3: 6-under 64, Kelly Kraft
Round 4: 5-under 65, Chris Kirk*

Needs: Driving accuracy, par-4 scoring, concentration on par-5s, GIR; massive greens call for proximity to hole, scrambling and sand saves. Expect wind.

*Asterisk indicates player in 2013 field.
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