This article is part of our PGA Tour Stats Review series.
This week is the final week of the PGA Tour regular season, the final week to qualify for the FedEx Cup Playoffs, the final regular season week to lock up your card, and the final week to qualify for the Web.com Tour Finals. But first, this stats thread begins with a look back at last week.
How Justin Won Gold
A ShotLink-like laser system was in place in Rio last week for the Men's Olympic Golf competition and while it may not have been quite as accurate as the system back in the states, it does give us a glimpse into why Justin Rose was so good in his path to beating Henrik Stenson on Sunday. For the week he ranked fourth in both strokes gained – off the tee and approach to the green and tenth in strokes gained – putting. He was also first in greens in regulation. His season-long stats on the PGA Tour in that department: fourth, 48th, 94th, and 34th, respectively. The improvement in those stats, especially in putting, helped him get the first gold medal in golf in 112 years for Great Britain.
Help, I Need a Job!
Of the guys on the FedEx Cup bubble right now there are two guys I really like from a stats perspective: Whee Kim, number 125, and Steve Marino, number 129. Kim got a big jump after tying for third at the John Deere Classic last week. Statistically he ranked fourth in strokes gained – approach to