PGA Tour Stats Review: The Honda Classic
PGA Tour Stats Review: The Honda Classic

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

The PGA Tour moves to Florida for the Honda Classic, featuring the thing you will hear way too much about this week, the Bear Trap. But before we get there, we must reflect on Dustin Johnson becoming No. 1 in the world.

When Dustin is On, He's On

You've heard all the numbers – 13 wins, 10 straight years with a win, the consistency of high finishes … the whole nine yards. But just consider his stats last week from the Genesis Open. He averaged 315.3 yards off the tee (first), was first in strokes gained–off the tee, T45 in driving accuracy (ask anyone in the know and they'll tell you that ranking is as good as being first for a long-ball hitter; huge advantage), first in greens in regulation, 20th in approach to the green and third in putting. If he keeps doing that, watch out, he could have a Tiger Woods-in-his-prime type season. That's how talented he is.

The Stat

The Champions Course at PGA National features a lot of water – we're entering the part of the PGA Tour season featuring plenty of water hazards – and breezy conditions. Accuracy, especially off the tee, is key at this Jack Nicklaus-design. Here are the strokes gained–off the tee leaders for this season in the field this week:

Sergio Garcia - 1.055 strokes gained on the field per round off the tee
Lucas Glover - .775
Justin Thomas - .732
Hudson Swafford - .704
Grayson Murray - .678

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Jeremy Schilling
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