PGA Tour Stats Review: Phoenix Open
PGA Tour Stats Review: Phoenix Open

This article is part of our PGA Tour Stats Review series.

The PGA Tour's stars move to TPC Scottsdale this week for the loudest show in golf, the Phoenix Open. This field is especially good, and especially after last week's dawning of a new Spanish star in Jon Rahm. Here's our stats thread.

Rahm's Path to Victory

Rahm won in impressive fashion – not only by making a 60-foot, 8-inch eagle putt on 18 – but also by dominating in key ballstriking categories. For the week he ranked first in strokes gained – off the tee, first in approach to the green, T19 in driving accuracy, T16 in driving distance, and T12 in greens in regulation in the three ShotLink-tracked rounds. That's a monster performance that, if repeated over time, should lead him to be the next European star many have expected of him.

I'm always skeptical of players a week after a win – especially your first – but Rahm went to Arizona State so this is a sort of homecoming for him this week. If you like what you saw last week and want to roll with it, I have no issue.

Watch C.T. Pan

Another former No. 1 amateur in the world, Pan starred at Washington State and tied for second at the Farmers Insurance Open aided by a putter that had him ranked fourth in the field. He ended 2016 right, tying for sixth at The RSM Classic, before missing the cut in his first two starts of 2017. The difference came from the putter, where he

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