This article is part of our PGA Tour Stats Review series.
With the major championships behind us the PGA Tour season rolls on this week with the Travelers Championship. This event normally takes place the week after the U.S. Open, but this year is the week following the PGA and boasts a fairly strong field.
Back to Jimmy Walker
So, how did Jimmy Walker pick up his first major title? His putter woke up. Always a strong ball striker, he finished 10th in strokes gained-putting after ranking 46th in that stat for the season. He was also second in strokes gained-around the green, and with solid rankings of 30th off the tee and 15th approach to the green, used that to have his most consistent game in months. In the end he showed the tenacity to withstand 36 holes on Sunday and walked away with his first major title.
Ryder Cup Pressure for Olympians
Of the four U.S. Olympians, three – Bubba Watson, Patrick Reed and Matt Kuchar – are in the field this week in Hartford. This is important because all four, with Rickie Fowler the other, are on the outside looking in for the Ryder Cup. Because they'll miss at least one PGA Tour event being in Rio, it could hurt them in trying to make the team on points and give Davis Love III some interesting conundrums when making captain's picks in a couple weeks. What would help their cause majorly is a win this week in Hartford.
While Watson is the defending champion and has won here