Playoffs Guidebook: Highs and lows

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August 15, 2012
PGA TOUR staff

Tiger Woods' dominance in the golf world hasn't been confined to his pursuit of major titles. Woods has been the most successful player in FedExCup history with three Playoffs victories and two FedExCups to his credit. He also leads all golfers in Playoffs scoring average:

Scoring average leaders in the Playoffs
Player Average Rounds
Tiger Woods 67.75 40
Sergio Garcia 69.02 55
Jim Furyk 69.17 71
Steve Stricker 69.19 77
Camilo Villegas 69.29 66
Phil Mickelson 69.58 72
K.J. Choi 69.60 58
Luke Donald 69.63 57
Matt Kuchar 69.65 55
Padraig Harrington 69.72 47
Justin Rose 69.76 51
Zach Johnson 69.77 60

While Tiger's average is best, others have posted more low numbers than Woods in the history of the Playoffs. The TOUR's Mr. September tops these two lists.

Most rounds in the 60s
Player Rounds
Steve Stricker 46
Jim Furyk 37
Hunter Mahan 35
Phil Mickelson 35
Geoff Ogilvy 34
Camilo Villegas 34
Adam Scott 31
Robert Allenby 31
Sergio Garcia 31
Luke Donald 30
Ernie Els 29
K.J. Choi 28
Tiger Woods 28
Matt Kuchar 28
Most par-or-better rounds
Player Rounds
Steve Stricker 54
Jim Furyk 49
Phil Mickelson 45
Camilo Villegas 41
Geoff Ogilvy 40
Hunter Mahan 40
Sergio Garcia 38
K.J. Choi 37
Luke Donald 37
Ernie Els 37
Robert Allenby 36
John Senden 35

Stricker may be the most consistent player at going low in the Playoffs but he doesn't own any of the 11 rounds of 62-or-better in Playoffs history. Zach Johnson's 60 at The TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola is the best round to date in the FedExCup Playoffs.

Lowest rounds in Playoffs history
Year Player Round Event Course Score
2007 Zach Johnson 3 THE TOUR Championship East Lake GC 60
2011 Brandt Snedeker 3 The Barclays Plainfield CC 61
2008 Mike Weir 1 Deutsche Bank Championship TPC Boston 61
2010 Charley Hoffman 4 Deutsche Bank Championship TPC Boston 62
2009 Marc Leishman 2 Deutsche Bank Championship TPC Boston 62
2009 Tiger Woods 3 BMW Championship Cog Hill G&CC 62
2008 Hunter Mahan 1 The Barclays Ridgewood CC 62
2008 Tim Clark 2 Deutsche Bank Championship TPC Boston 62
2008 Jim Furyk 2 BMW Championship Bellerive CC 62
2007 Hunter Mahan 3 The Barclays Westchester CC 62
2007 Tim Clark 1 THE TOUR Championship East Lake GC 62
Players with the most eagles in Playoffs
Player Total Eagles
Hunter Mahan 12
Nick Watney 10
Camilo Villegas 9
Ernie Els 9
John Senden 8
Dustin Johnson 8
Brandt Snedeker 7
Angel Cabrera 7
Steve Stricker 7
Phil Mickelson 7
Stewart Cink 7
Bubba Watson 7
Players with most birdies in Playoffs
Player Total Birdies
Steve Stricker 292
Hunter Mahan 274
Phil Mickelson 274
Geoff Ogilvy 272
Jim Furyk 271
Camilo Villegas 270
Charley Hoffman 243
Ernie Els 242
Robert Allenby 237
Adam Scott 236
Brandt Snedeker 235
John Senden 232

Racking up eagles and birdies is the key to going low on the PGA TOUR -- or in any round of golf. No one has done that better than these players.

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