By Bill Cooney, PGATOUR.COM
Zach Johnson went on a tear to finish the 2013 PGA TOUR season. After a marginal first half, Johnson closed out the season with seven top-10 finishes in his final eight starts.
Johnson, who finished 18th in the FedExCup points standings, opens his 2013-14 season at this week's Shriners Hospitals for Children Open in Las Vegas. So how did Johnson improve so much? Well, just take a look at the stats.
Johnson moved up a ridiculous 94 spots in scrambling from before his streak -- which started at the John Deere Classic -- to season's end (TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola). He also moved up 71 spots in strokes gained-putting and 69 positions in greens in regulation. See some of his major improvements below.
|Statistic||Pre-John Deere Classic
||Final 2013 rank||Difference|
|Total Driving||191 (104)||161 (58)|| 46
|Greens in Regulation||65.47% (84)||68.14% (15)|| 69
|Ball-striking||188 (94)||73 (27)|| 67
|Proximity to the hole||34'-5" (48)||33'-6" (18)|| 30
|Scrambling||54.57% (148)||59.66% (54)|| 94
|Strokes gained-putting||-.014 (101)||.367 (30)|| 71
In the final-round of the 2013 BMW Championship, Zach Johnson shot his 64th bogey-free round and his 21st-best putting round to claim his 10th PGA TOUR victory, and provides the Stat of the Day presented by CDW.
|Driving Distance||262.1 (T42)||Dustin Johnson (316.8 yards)||T62
|Driving Accuracy||80.36% (T6)||Jim Furyk (47/56, 83.93%)||3rd
|Strokes Gained-Putting||1.859 (2)
||Nick Watney (2.185)||2nd|
|Greens in Regulation||73.61% (T3)||Moore/De Jonge (54 of 72, 75%)
|Proximity to the Hole||25'-4" (1)
|Scrambling||78.95% (1)||Z. Johnson (15 of 19)
WEEKLY PERFORMANCE STATS ARCHIVE
Week 23: U.S. Open
Week 24: Travelers Championship
Week 25: AT&T National
Week 26: The Greenbrier Classic
Week 27: John Deere Classic
Week 29: RBC Canadian Open
Week 30: WGC-Bridgestone Invitational
Week 31: PGA Championship
Week 32: Wyndham Championship
Week 33: The Barclays
Week 34: Deutsche Bank Championship
In the opening round of the John Deere Classic, Zach Johnson carded his eighth career bogey-free round tying for the most rounds without a bogey in tournament history, and provides the Stat of the Day presented by CDW.
By Krystyna Braxton, PGATOUR.COM
Zach Johnson is back at the John Deere Classic to defend his title 2012 title, and to win again, he will need to putt well since this event yields far more birdies than the average TOUR event. That hasn't been a problem for Johnson, who has gained ground on the greens in each of the last four years at TPC Deere Run.
Johnson, an Iowa native, considers this event his fifth major. In the last four years, he has a win (2012), and a tie for third (2011) and a tie for second (2009).
|Year||Driving Accuracy||Greens hit||Proximity to hole||SG-Putting||Scrambling|
|2012||73.21% (T31)||75.00% (T26)||29 feet, 7 inches (18)||2.136 (2)||77.78%(7)|
|2011||83.93% (T2)||76.39% (T13)||30 feet, 6 inches (T17)||.468 (34)||94.12% (1)|
|2010||76.79% (T20)||72.22% (T41)||28 feet, 9 inches (9)||.835 (19)||55.00% (61)|
|2009||82.14% (T11)||75.00% (T18)||29 feet, 10 inches (17)||2.115 (2)||61.11% (T44)|
Boo Weekley led the field in distance of total putts made at Crowne Plaza, breaking the 400-foot mark.
By Bill Cooney, PGATOUR.COM
Boo Weekley put on an incredible display of ball-striking en route to winning the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial on Sunday to end a five-year victory drought. Weekley, not known for his putting prowess, actually performed quite well on the greens and it helped him win. We'll take a look at that, and an early look at this week's Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide Insurance by going inside the numbers ...
+ .079 Strokes gained-putting stat for Zach Johnson, which ranks 77th on the PGA TOUR. … Believe it or not, this is more of a sign of progress than regression for Johnson, usually one of the best putters on TOUR. He’s ranked sixth, 11th and 10th in the past three seasons in SGP. But Johnson entered THE PLAYERS Championship ranked 124th this season in SGP and without a T25 since January. But something clicked at TPC Sawgrass, where better putting led to a T19. He ranked 16th in SGP at Colonial and finished third. Perhaps Johnson has turned the corner.
10 Active streak of greens in regulation for John Peterson. … Peterson hit his last 10 greens in regulation at Colonial, which is second on TOUR to Ross Fisher’s 14. Peterson also led the field for the week at 79.17 percent (57 of 72). He parlayed that into a T26.
25 feet, 9 inches Proximity to the hole average for Weekley, which led the field at Crowne Plaza. … Weekley, who ranks fourth in ball-striking on TOUR, registered the 13th-best proximity distance of the season on the PGA TOUR. That may not seem remarkable, but it is when taking into account the windy and dry conditions at Colonial.
26.67 percent Percentage of putts that Weekley made from outside of 10 feet at Colonial (12 of 45), which ranked fifth. … This is a remarkable number for Weekley, who struggles on the greens. For the season, he ranks T145 in this category, making just 13.14 percent or 69 of 525 putts from outside of 10 feet.
92 percent Scrambling percentage for Jonas Blixt, who made par or better on 23 of 25 missed greens in regulation at Colonial. Blixt led the field and finished T11, his best finish of 2013. … That mark is tied for the highest scrambling percentage this season on TOUR. Remarkably, David Toms was also 23 of 25 at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans, where he finished T47.
426 feet, 8 inches Total distance in putts made by Weekley at Colonial, which ranked first in the field. … That’s 40 feet more than the nearest competitor. This was just the fifth time in his career where he’s made more than 400 feet of putts in an event and the first time since he made 421 feet of putts at the 2010 John Deere Classic.
$5,034,448 Career earnings at the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide Insurance for defending champion Tiger Woods. … Woods owns five victories and eight top 10s in 13 events at Jack’s Place. But his career earnings at the Memorial are really something. By itself, the figure would rank 233rd in career earnings on the PGA TOUR.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS ARCHIVE
Week 2: Sony Open/Humana Challenge
Week 10: WGC-Cadillac/Tampa Bay Championship
Week 12: Arnold Palmer/Shell Houston Open
Week 13: Shell Houston/Valero Texas Open
Week 14: Valero/The Masters
Week 15: The Masters/RBC Heritage
Week 18: Wells Fargo/THE PLAYERS Championship
Week 20: HP Byron Nelson Championship
By PGATOUR.COM staff
Zach Johnson is the defending champion at the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial and also won in 2010. But he has just three T25s in 12 events in 2013 and ranks 95th in FedExCup points. What's the deal? His putting. Johnson ranks 101st in strokes gained-putting (he's losing strokes to the field average), a big difference from past seasons when he gained nearly a half-stroke per round on the field average. That adds up to two shots per tournament on the field average alone.
Zach Johnson: Strokes gained-putting