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January 15 2013

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Inside the Numbers: Humana Challenge

 

Tim Herron had a remarkable 14 straight holes with a one-putt or less at the Sony Open in Hawaii. (Greenwood/Getty Images)

By Bill Cooney, PGATOUR.COM

Each week in this Tuesday series we will review the previous tournament (Sony Open in Hawaii) and look ahead to the next one (Humana Challenge in partnership with the Clinton Foundation) by taking a look at -- what else? -- the numbers.

Russell Henley's dominant performance at the Sony Open in Hawaii -- the way he slammed the door on the competition on the back nine on Sunday, in particular -- impressed everyone. Even runner-up Tim Clark could only shake his head and laugh while Henley closed with five straight birdies. But, of course, that's not the only impressive statistic about Henley's week or the week ahead. Let's go inside the numbers ...

 

3.042  Strokes gained-putting for Henley, meaning the 23-year-old rookie picked up more than 3 strokes on the field average for the week on the greens. … What does that mean? Well, if Henley – who won by 3 shots at the Sony -- putted the average of the entire field at the Sony (0.00), he would have theoretically finished .042 shots behind runner-up Clark.

 

11  Number of times Clark has finished 2nd in his 12-year PGA TOUR career. Clark, whose lone victory is the 2010 PLAYERS Championship, was runner-up to the red-hot Henley at the Sony. … Settling for silver hasn’t been a total disappointment for Clark. He’s made $5.513 million in those 11 runner-ups, which is about 28 percent of his $19.986 million in career earnings.

 

14   Consecutive holes Tim Herron went with a one-putt or less between Round 1 and Round 2 of the Sony Open. Herron, who tied for 26th, one-putted 12 holes in a 14-hole stretch while adding a chip-in for birdie and a hole-out from a greenside bunker for birdie. … Since 2008, only Cameron Tringale has registered a longer streak of one-putts or fewer on TOUR. Tringale had 19 in a row at the 2012 Northern Trust Open.

 

33  Number of one-putts Henley recorded in 72 holes of the Sony Open. … Remarkable. Think about that for a second. How many rounds of golf would it take you to record 33 one-putts?

 

67  The highest ranking in driving distance of the top 10 money leaders through two events of the 2013 PGA TOUR season. Dustin Johnson, No. 1 in money, ranks 67th in driving distance. Brandt Snedeker ranks 143rd and is fifth in money. … Drive for show, putt for dough, right? Need more evidence? Of those top 10 money leaders, seven rank inside the top 25 in strokes gained-putting.

 

100%  Perfection. Fourteen players are perfect in sand save percentage this season. Clark and Brad Fritsch have got up-and-down on all six attempts from the beach this season. … While not perfect, it would be hard to argue that George McNeill hasn’t been the best at the beach through two events. He’s been successful in 11 of 14 attempts at a rate of 78.57 percent. Last season’s sand save leader was Jonas Blixt, who saved at a rate of 65.44 percent.

 

101  Consecutive holes Matt Kuchar has gone without a three-putt. … Kuchar, in the field at this week’s Humana Challenge, was one of 18 players who did not suffer a three-putt during the Sony.

 

279.3   Driving distance average for Mark Wilson when he won last season’s Humana Challenge. For comparison, Jamie Lovemark led the field that week at 322.3. … and tied for 66th place.

 

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