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PGA Tour Stats Review: Entering the St. Jude 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: 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 Memorial Tournament, and a look ahead to this week's event, St. Jude Classic.

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 GIR RNK RND RNK BIRDIE DBL
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
CrwnePlza Weekley -14 71.4 6 298.7 17 75.0 5 1.65 5 28.0 22 0/24 8/1
Memorial Kuchar -12 69.6 37 283.3 38 75.0 1 1.74 23 29.5 47 0/20 8/0
TOUR AVG 63.2 25.8 288.7 31.0 74.5 9.0 1.66 11.2 28.0 18.0 0.6/20.7 6.0/0.4



Last Week's Memorial Tournament


GOLFER DRIVE DRIVE GIR PUTTS PUTTS EAGLE/ BOGEY/
%of56 RNK DIS RNK %of72 RNK PER GIR RNK PER RND RNK BIRDIE DBL
Kuchar -12 69.6 37 283.3 38 75.0 1 1.74 23 29.5 47 0/20 8/0
Chappell -10 71.4 29 293.5 8 61.1 49 1.80 48 27.3 6 2/15 9/0
Stanley -7 67.9 45 295.9 4 69.4 12 1.74 21 28.5 21 1/17 10/1
Stallings -6 67.9 45 280.0 46 65.3 29 1.53 1 26.5 2 2/22 13/2/1
B. Haas -6 75.0 19 285.3 28 66.7 24 1.71 15 29.0 35 1/17 13/0
Henley -5 78.6 10 285.1 29 73.6 2 1.83 60 30.3 69 0/18 13/0
M. Jones -5 82.1 5 280.3 44 69.4 12 1.74 21 28.5 21 0/16 9/1
M. Thompson -4 71.4 29 278.6 50 68.1 16 1.69 10 28.3 18 1/15 9/2
Davis -4 67.9 45 268.6 70 62.5 45 1.62 3 27.0 5 0/18 14/0
Schwartzel -4 76.8 15 288.8 16 70.8 5 1.75 26 29.5 47 1/19 9/4
Perez -4 71.4 29 284.0 34 70.8 5 1.77 34 28.5 21 0/15 9/1
Rose -4 82.1 5 283.9 36 69.4 12 1.84 63 30.0 64 1/13 11/0
AVG 73.5 26.1 283.9 33.6 68.5 17.7 1.73 27.1 28.6 29.7 0.7/17.0 10.5/0.8



Top-10 Ranks at the Memorial Tourament

FAIRWAYS GREENS/ PER
RANK HIT RANK REGULATION RANK GIR
R. Moore 1 96.4 Kuchar 1 75.0 Stallings 1 1.53
Furyk 2 89.3 Henley 2 73.6 Leonard 2 1.59
Castro 3 87.5 Driscoll 3 72.2 Davis 3 1.62
Henry 4 83.9 Tringale 3 72.2 Donald 4 1.63
M. Jones 5 82.1 Schwartzel 5 70.8 Fowler 5 1.65
Rose 5 82.1 Perez 5 70.8 Horschell 6 1.66
McGirt 5 82.1 Piercy 5 70.8 Scott 7 1.66
Woods 5 82.1 DeLaet 5 70.8 J. Day 8 1.68
Horschel 9 80.3 Hearn 5 70.8 K. Bradley 9 1.69
Henley 10 78.6 Furyk 5 70.8 M. Thompson 10 1.69
Lingmerth 10 78.6 Immelman 5 70.8 Hicks 10 1.69
Speith 10 78.6
Z. Johnson 10 78.6


This Week's St. Jude Classic

In 1958, a group of businessmen founded the Memphis Invitational Open, bringing top-level professional golf to the area. Bill Maxwell won the opener at Colonial CC, earning about $6,000.

Entertainer Danny Thomas, an avid golfer, put his name on the Danny Thomas Memphis Classic from 1970 through 1984. After Thomas' death, Federal Express came in, off and on, and finally took over. Their involvement fostered the PGA Tour season-long FedEx Cup competition.

A significant player accomplishment came about here in 1977 as Al Geiberger shot a 13-under 59, the first to do so. Geiberger was chased by Jerry McGee and Gary Player who finished second with a pair of 276s to Geibergers' 273. The venue then was at the par-72 Colonial CC with 7,282 yards. Since that 59 there have been three more 59s.

The par-70 TPC Southwind course has a lot of doglegs (shaping the ball) tight fairways (driving accuracy needed), hidden bunkers, small undulating greens (GIR) surrounded by large chipping areas (scrambling). Both bombers and short hitters have equal chances.

In 2012, the course scoring ranked as 10th toughest:

Round 1: 72.1
Round 2: 70.8
Round 3: 70.3
Round 4: 70.3
Total: 71.2

Eagles: 22
Birdies: 1,353
Bogeys: 1,463
Doubles: 219
Triples: 21

The Par-3 14th ranked as the 37th most difficult hole:

AVG Score: 3.318
Birdies: 37
Bogeys: 105
Doubles: 36
Triples: 2

Course record: 61, Jay Delsing, Bob Estes,* 2001

Tournament record: 22-under 258, John Cook, 1996

Last Five Winners and Runners-Up

2012 - Dustin Johnson*, 9-under 271; John Merrick*, 272
2011 - Harrison Frazar, 13-under 267 (P1); Robert Karlsson*, 267
2010 - Lee Westwood*, 10-under 270 (P1); Robert Garrigus, Robert Karlsson*, 270
2009 - Brian Gay*, 18-under 262; Bryce Molder*, David Toms, 267
2008 - Justin Leonard*, 4-under 276 (P1); Robert Allenby*, Trevor Immelman*, 276

2012 Low Rounds

Round 1: 4-under 66, Jeff Maggert*, John Merrick*
Round 2: 4-under 66, J.B. Holmes, Jonathan Fly
Round 3: 4-under 66, Robert Castro*, Fredrik Jacobson*
Round 4: 6-under 64, John Daly

*Asterisk indicates player in 2013 field.