The end of another year can mean only one thing: time to look at the numbers. Corporate execs want to know if the company met projections, salespeople want to know if they hit their goals and investors want to know their rate of return.
And here at Putting4birdie, we look at the numbers in the game of golf because numbers don't lie and numbers tell a story. But sometimes the numbers only tell part of the story; sometimes there are a few surprises. These are the numbers that make you shake your head; these are the numbers don't seem to add up.
He is Number 4 in the category Greens in Regulation, number 23 in the category Ball Striking and Number 4 in the category 2-Putts Per Round. And this week Camilo Villegas is fighting for his golfing life in the final round of Q-School.
He may be Number 6 on the Official World Golf Ranking List, but Lee Westwood is Number 191 (last place) on the PGA TOUR in the category Scrambling.
You would probably think that the Number 1 player in the world, Rory McIlroy, might drop some long putts occasionally. In the category GIR Putting Average--25-30' (defined as "the percentage of putts made from greater than or equal to 25 feet and less than 30 feet from the hole when the green is hit in regulation"), the Irishman made only 1of 47 attempts or .21%. By way of comparison, the statistical leader, Jonathan Byrd, made 13 of 58 attempts or 2.24%. Note: this does not include putting in European Tour events.
He has played 215 consecutive holes without three-putting and has the current longest streak in that category and if you knew it was Jason Kokrak then step to the head of the class.
The longest drive of the year was hit by Gary Woodland--450 yards on the 18th hole in the first round of the Hyundai Tournament of Champions.
The leader in Total Hole Outs (holing out when the ball is not on the green or the fringe) is Chris Kirk with 20 in 93 rounds.
Charles Howell III led the PGA TOUR in Total Eagles. He had 18 of them in 2012.
In the category Consecutive Par 5 Birdies, are you as surprised as I was to learn that the other Rory--Sabbatini, that is--led with with 13 consecutive tweeters during the year?
Carl Pettersson leads the PGA TOUR in YTD Par or Better Streak--he has 23 consecutive rounds of par or better golf.
When putting from greater than 7 feet but less than 8 feet from the hole, Kevin Na made 40 of 56 attempts for 71.43% to lead the PGA TOUR in 2012.
At one point during 2012, Brian Gay played 353 consecutive holes without a three-putt.
In 850 par 4 holes played during the year, Bill Lunde made 5 eagles. Surprisingly, Bubba Watson had only one eagle in 714 par 4 holes played.
The PGA TOUR actually has a category called Reverse Bounce Back. It is defined as the "percentage of time a player is under par and then over par on the next hole." In last place at 191st in the category is Sergio Garcia who is over par 23.65% of the time on the hole after he makes birdie or better. Compare that to the statistical leader, Padraig Harrington, who is at 10.33%.
Now, go out and dazzle your friends with your newly acquired knowledge.
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