This article is part of our PGA Tour Stats Review series.
Forty-eight of the top 50 players in the world will compete at The Players this week at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., on a revamped course and in a climate of a wide-open PGA Tour season with headliners and yet questions at every turn. Here's our stats preview.
While the greens have been re-grassed for hopefully better and more consistent performance in May and some other subtle changes have been made to make the fan-viewing experience around the sixth and seventh holes better, the major change everyone will talk about is how the 12th hole is now a driveable par-4, something TPC Sawgrass was lacking. You can find out more about the hole here. An overall look at what's been done is here.
We're here for stats, though, and that's where this gets a bit hairy. Few players have seen the hole yet, so we don't know what they'll do when they come across it. But we do have the going for the green stat, which measures the percentage of time a player goes for it on a par-4 or par-5. The way I'd look at it is this: these guys are most likely to go for a hole like No. 12 in one (or two on a par-5). See if you like them overall, then decide as you prep for the week if you think No. 12 will play a big part in the outcome (my take: too early for me to say,