This article is part of our PGA Tour Stats Review series.
Justin Thomas' impressive victory at the SBS Tournament of Champions kicked off the 2017 portion of the 2016-2017 PGA Tour season and he did it in impressive statistical fashion. Take this primer from the ShotLink folks as your way to kickoff this latest stats thread:
Justin Has Touch, Too
Everyone loves to talk about Justin Thomas' driver – and how far he hits it for being 145 pounds – and rightly so. But that second shot at 17 on Sunday to three feet three inches was more in the touch/finesse realm that gets mentioned with him sometimes. Take these ShotLink stats:
— Geoff Shackelford (@GeoffShac) January 9, 2017
He's in the field again this week and one to watch, and at this year's majors, too.
Jordan's Strong Sunday
Jordan Spieth made 26 birdies around Kapalua (first in the field) – he made a bunch of bogeys or worse though, to take him out of contention for a win – and got one of the more epic backdoor top-3 finishes you'll ever seen. I want to point you to some interesting stats from the Sunday 65: he gained 6.125 strokes on the field, 2.059 on the greens (predictable) and 4.066 from tee to green. That latter number is important as his ball-striking seemed that little bit more off in 2016 than it was in his epic 2015. Waialae Country Club this week is right up his game's alley, (more