This article is part of our PGA Tour Stats Review series.
Every week on the PGA Tour is emotional for one reason or another – most notably for those who win and those who come up short – but this week, the first Arnold Palmer Invitational since Mr. Palmer's passing, will be exceptionally emotional. Here's our stats preview.
Sometimes Simple Wins Out
But first, here's a note on last week. In most sports, scoring more points than the other team means you win. In golf it's all about having the least number of strokes. But also in golf, making a massive amount (in terms of length) of putts can also portend good vibes. That was indeed the case for Valspar Champion winner Adam Hadwin. He made a total of 422 feet, 11 inches worth of putts, including a 53-footer on No. 13 on Sunday and 33 and 55 footers on Saturday. That'll help you get your first PGA Tour win.
Bay Hill is weird, sometimes. Consider these recent winning scores in relation to par: -17, -19, -13, -13. Yet we always hear about water, trouble spots and inopportune bogeys or worse, right? So with that in mind, our key stat this week is the bounce-back stat, which measures how often players come back from bogey or worse with birdie or better on the very next hole. Here's the best of those in the field this week:
Greg Owen - 41.67 percent
Bubba Watson - 32.73
Keegan Bradley - 30.95
Stewart Cink - 30.53
Hideki Matsuyama - 30.36