This article is part of our PGA Tour Stats Review series.
The first event of the FedEx Cup Playoffs is here this week with The Barclays from Bethpage Black on Long Island. Here's our stats thread for this week:
Rory and His Putter
Rory McIlroy has been an utterly atrocious putter lately, ranking 96th in strokes gained-putting, 189th in 3-putt avoidance, 107th in putts per round, 131st in putts from 4-8 feet, 192nd from putts inside 10 feet and 180th on approach putt performance, which is a measure of how good your lag putting and overall speed is. Now he's trying out a mallet putter in search of a magic spark and hopes some video work will solve the issue. But until Rory improves, don't start him, folks.
Back at Bethpage
This event was last here in 2012 when Nick Watney was the winner. He won by three over Brandt Snedeker, one of the hotter players is coming into this week. Bethpage, as well all know, is a brute, so strokes gained-total, a stat measuring a golfer's complete game, will be key this week.
Those leaders in the field include:
Jason Day - averages 2.236 strokes gained on field per round
Dustin Johnson - 1.971
Adam Scott - 1.954
Phil Mickelson - 1.849
Rory McIlroy - 1.775
Jordan Spieth - 1.765
Rickie Fowler - 1.629
Matt Kuchar - 1.578
McIlroy we've covered – I just don't like him as a pick until I see the putter improve.
Day, DJ, Scott, Mickelson, Rory and Spieth are all coming off long layoffs –