By now you probably know that Dustin Johnson won the Hyundai Tournament of Champions at Kapalua on the island of Maui after three days of weather related delays. But you may not know,statistically speaking, what DJ's strong points were in victory. That's what we'll look at today. You may be surprised by some of the numbers. Keep in mind, however, that the TOC was only a 30-man field.
We all know that Johnson is long---"stupid long"---off the tee as Tiger Woods likes to say. So, on a course with a lot of elevation changes and downhill rolls, it's not surprising to learn that he had five drives of 375 yards or more over the 54-hole tournament.
The following is a breakdown of Johnson's statistical performance on ten key measurements from tee to green:
Driving Distance: this stat measure only the drives on two holes per round and uses holes facing in two different directions to counter the effects of wind. Thus, only six drives were measured. Johnson ranked 2nd (Bubba Watson was 1st) at 279.5 yards.
Driving Accuracy: measures the percentage of time a tee shot comes to rest in the fairway regardless of what club was used. Johnson ranked 30th as he hit only 23 of 45 possible fairways for a 51.11 percentage.
Total Driving: computed by totaling a player's rank in both driving distance and driving accuracy. Johnson ranked 18th as his driving accuracy numbers drove his overall number higher in a category where lower number is better.
Greens in Regulation Percentage: measures the percent of time a player gets his ball on the putting green in regulation which is determined by subtracting two from the par score for the hole. Johnson ranked 2nd as he hit 48 of 54 greens in regulation for 88.89%.
Ball Striking: is the total of a player's rank in both Total Driving and Greens in Regulation. Johnson ranked 9th with a score of 20.
Scrambling: the percent of time a player misses the green in regulation, but still makes par or better. Johnson was 18th as he missed six greens in regulation but still made par or better three times (50%).
Total Putting: uses a combination of six different putting statistics of which five are putting performance from various distances and the sixth is Three-Putt Avoidance. Johnson ranked 2nd overall in Total Putting.
Putting Average: measure the average number of putts per GIR. Johnson ranked 3rd as he averaged 1.75 putts per 48 greens hit in regulation or 84 putts overall.
Birdie or better conversion percentage: the percentage of a player makes birdie or better after hitting the green in regulation. Johnson ranked 2nd as he made 18 birdies on 48 greens hit in regulation.
Strokes Gained--Putting: The number of putts a player takes from a specific distance is measured against a statistical baseline to determine the player's strokes gained or lost on a hole. The sum of the values for all holes played in a round minus the field average strokes gained/lost for the round is the player's Strokes gained/lost for that round. The sum of strokes gained for each round are divided by total rounds played. Johnson ranked 6th in this category as he gained a total of 2.874 strokes on the green.