Inside the ShotLink numbers: Humana Challenge

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January 17, 2012
Alex Turnbull, PGA TOUR staff

Here's a look at some key facts and figures from the PGA TOUR's ShotLink statistics:

DEFENDING CHAMP JHONATTAN VEGAS

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Keys to Victory at Humana: While Vegas wasn't making many birdies in the final round, he did have a number of key par saves down the stretch. In the final round, Vegas converted seven putts from beyond five feet, four of which were par saves.

Tee shot in the water on 2nd playoff hole: On the par 4-10th hole (second playoff hole), Vegas pulled his tee shot into the water from the tee and still managed to drain a 13-footer for par with the tournament on the line for his first career PGA TOUR win.

Inside the Numbers: On the 2010 PGA TOUR*, there were 1,284 tee shots that found water from the tee on par-4s. Of those tee shots only 139 managed to make par. That works out to a 10.8 percent chance of making par after a water ball from the tee on a par 4. *Non-Major ShotLink courses

Solid from Tee-to-Green: Vegas was solid from tee-to-green at the 2011 Humana Challenge ranking tied for second for total driving (third for distance and tied for second for accuracy) and fifth for ball striking.


First rookie to led the FedExCup: Jhonattan Vegas moved to second in the early FedExCup standings with his win at the 2011 Humana Challenge. The very next week, he overtook the No. 1 spot with his T3 finish at the Farmers Insurance Open becoming the first ever rookie to lead the FedExCup in any week (in FedExCup era).

BE READY TO GO LOW

Easiest Courses: 2011 on the PGA TOUR
Rank Course Par Yardage Average Strokes under par
1 Plantation Course at Kapalua 73 7411 70.086 -2.914
2 PGA West (Palmer Course) 72 6950 69.090 -2.910
3 PGA West (Nicklaus Course) 72 6924 69.214 -2.786

Two of the courses in the Humana Challenge were among the easiest on TOUR last year:

Approach shots: When faced with an approach shots from the fairway on PGA West (Palmer Course), players have historically made birdie on about 1 in every 3 approach shots (easiest on TOUR in each of the last 3 years).

Scrambling: The Palmer Course has been one of the easiest courses on TOUR in the last four years for scrambling from around the greens.

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