September 7th, 9 PM.
Well, after two years of promising myself that I would one day start a golf blog, I've decided today is the day. Not sure why, it just happens that way sometimes. Or maybe I'm just getting juiced about the Ryder Cup. So welcome to Puttingforbirdie.
I guess what I figured was that I needed to be different; I needed interesting content. But I didn't want to simply repeat what happened that day in the match up between Tiger and Rory or tell you simply who won and how many under par the winning score was.
No, I'm going to be different. And maybe you won't like it. Or maybe you will. ANd if you do, please share with with your buddies.
I'm going to delve deep into the stats on the pro golf tour (men's tour only---sorry ladies) and discuss some numbers I find fascinating. I remember back in my days in sales our managers would always say at the monthly meeting "Numbers tell a story." Well, that was a story I didn't give a crap about. Which is why I am no longer in sales, I guess.
Golf numbers are different. I do give a crap about them and I honestly can't tell you why. I look at numbers in various statistical categories and I just want to see more. Kinda like watching Kate Upton doing her cat daddy dance. Ah, I see I've got your attention now!!!!
So, my plan is to share some of these stats with you. Everybody loves to watch Bubba Watson hit a drive. But how many people can tell you what percentage of the yardage of par 5's Bubba covers on his drives? I can. Answer below.
How many people can tell you who leads the pro tour in one-putt percentage? Answer below.
How many people can tell you who is the best putter from inside 5 feet? Who is best from more than 20 feet away?
Maybe you'd like to impress your buddies with some useful trivia when your backed up three groups at next week's five and a half hour scramble fundraiser and the beer cart girl is nowhere in sight. Come visit here the night before and pick off one or two tidbits to dazzle your friends with your encyclopedic knowledge of all things golf.
We'll also have some commentary on other parts of the game. And we hope to see you back here often.
These ANSWERS are as of the close of the Deutsche Bank Championship, September 3rd. Bubba Watson was covering 57.86% of total yardage on par 5's on his drives. Brandt Snedeker was one-putting 44.37% of the holes he played. Jim Furyk has made 749 putts from 761 attempts from inside 5 feet for a 98.42%. And Ben Crane has made 12.66% (40 out of 316) of putts attempted from more than 20 feet away.
See ya soon. More fascinating stuff in next post.