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PGA Tour Stats Review: Entering the Memorial Tournament

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: Memorial Tournament

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 Crowne Plaza Invitational, and a look ahead to this week's event, the Memorial Tournament.

The results grid was reduced for easier reading, starting with the WGC-Cadillac Championship. 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
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
WellsFargo 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 1.64 1 27.8 8 0/21 6/1
CrownePlaza Weekley -14 71.4 6 298.7 17 75.0 5 1.65 5 28.0 22 0/24 8/1
TOUR AVG 62.9 25.3 289.0 30.7 74.5 9.4 1.65 10.5 27.9 16.6 0.6/20.7 6.0/0.4



Last Week's Crowne Plaza Invitational
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
Weekley -14 71.4 6 298.7 17 75.0 5 1.65 5 28.0 22 0/24 8/1 0.51 33
Kuchar -13 56.4 52 294.6 30 71.8 15 1.73 24 27.9 21 0/16 4/0 1.12 12
Z. Johnson -12 67.9 12 294.6 30 75.0 5 1.70 15 28.5 36 0/17 5/0 0.93 16
Stallings -11 71.4 6 292.3 39 73.6 7 1.68 11 28.0 22 0/19 6/1 0.53 32
Rollins -11 66.1 15 302.1 8 72.2 9 1.65 6 28.3 30 0/20 9/0 0.42 38
Every -11 57.1 45 297.0 21 76.4 3 1.73 25 28.8 40 0/19 5/0/1 0.58 29
Teater -10 50 70 297.6 19 72.2 9 1.65 6 28.0 22 0/21 11/0 0.80 20
Spieth -10 66.1 15 299.2 6 69.4 22 1.66 8 27.5 7 0/20 8/1 0.40 61
T. Clark -10 66.1 15 271.7 75 62.5 56 1.67 10 26.7 3 0/15 5/0 1.61 1
Stroud -10 60.7 32 281.1 63 68.1 29 1.74 31 27.5 7 0/15 5/0 0.88 18
AVG 63.32 26.8 292.9 30.8 71.6 16 1.69 14.1 27.9 21.0 0.0/18.6 6.6/0.3 0.77 26.0



Top-10 Ranks at the Crowne Plaza Invitational

FAIRWAYS GREENS/ PER
RANK HIT RANK REGULATION RANK GIR
Reavie 1 78.5 Peterson 1 79.2 M. Thompson 1 1.61
DeLaet 2 76.8 Trahan 2 77.8 Summerhayes 2 1.62
Huh 3 75.0 Avery 3 76.4 Pettersson 3 1.63
Trahan 3 75.0 eavie 3 76.4 Cauley 4 1.64
Hicks 5 73.2 Weekley 5 75.0 Weekley 5 1.65
Weekley 6 71.4 Z. Johnson 5 75.0 Rollins 6 1.65
Stallings 6 71.4 Stallings 7 73.6 Teater 6 1.65
Kohles 6 71.4 Chappell 7 73.6 Spieth 8 1.66
Lingmuth 9 69.6 Kuchar 9 72.2 Jobe 8 1.66
Peterson 9 69.6 Rollins 9 72.2 T. Clark 10 1.67
Summerhays 9 69.6 Teater 9 72.2
Villegas 9 72.2
Furyk 9 72.2
Frost 9 72.2
Noh 9 72.2



This Week's Memorial Tournament

The first Memorial was held in 1976 with Roger Maltbie topping Hale Irwin in a playoff to settle the tie, which was even-par 288. The par-72 Muirfield Village Country Club course is well known to be one of a group of high quality and challenging venues. Jack Nicklaus designed the course with touches of Augusta National where appropriate.

The fields drawn by the Memorial are close to the majors and World Golf Championship events. This is a salute to the quality of the course and its consistency of maintenance. The 1987 Ryder Cup was held here as was the 1992 U.S. Amateur. This year's President's Cup, with 1998 winner Fred Couples as captain, will be played here in October.

Tiger Woods' wins here - 1999, 2000, 2001, 2009, 2012 - has him as first five-time winner.
Kenny Perry has three wins - 1991,2003, 2008.

In the PGA Tour's list of toughest courses for 2012, the Muirfield course was ranked sixth.

Avg. Score: 73.6
Eagles: 24
Birds: 1.1
Bogeys: 1.3
Doubles: 211
Triples-plus: 26

The par-3 16th was ranked 14th in the the PGA Tour's Toughest Holes for 2012.

Avg. Score: 3.3
Birdies: 32
Bogeys: 102
Doubles: 25
Triples-plus: 3

Course record: 61, John Huston, 1996
Tournament record: 268, Tom Lehman, 1994

Last Five Winners and Runners-Up

2012 - Tiger Woods*, 9-under 279; Andres Romero, Rory Sabbatini-(Alternate*), 281
2011 - Steve Stricker, 16-under 272; Brandt Jobe, Matt Kuchar, 273
2010 - Justin Rose*, 18-under 270; Rickie Fowler, 273
2009 - Tiger Woods, 12-under 276; Jim Furyk, 277
2008 - Kenny Perry, 8-under 280; Matthew Goggin, Jerry Kelly, Justin Rose, Mike Weir, 282

2012 Low Rounds

Round 1: 6-under 66, Scott Stallings*
Round 2: 4-under 68, Lucas Glover*, Jim Furyk*, Henrik Stenson*
Round 3: 3-under 69, Spencer Levin, Rickie Fowler*, Vijay Singh*
Round 4: 5-under 67, Tiger Woods*, Andres Romero, Greg Owen, J.B. Holmes

Fantasy needs: Total driving (with emphasis on accuracy), excellence in 50-75 yard approach shots, GIR (important), strikes-gained putting, beat-up at par-5s.

*Asterisk indicates player in 2013 field.