By PGATOUR.COM staff
Matt Kuchar, Justin Rose and Brandt Snedeker -- Nos. 4, 5 and 6, respectively, in the FedExCup rankings -- will be grouped together for the first and second rounds of the Deutsche Bank Championship on Friday and Saturday. Let's take a look at some key stats from each player.
|Player||Total driving||Greens in Reg.||Scrambling||S.G.-Putting||All-Around|
|Matt Kuchar||244 (167)||65.41% (87)||63.60% (11)||.493 (16)||487 (29)|
|Justin Rose||67 (2)||68.06% (15)||62.32% (15)||-.251 (T147)||356 (5)|
|Brandt Snedeker||195 (T117)||65.67 (83)||61.11% (27)||.748 (4)||382 (7)|
By Elias Sports Bureau Inc.
• Tiger Woods accomplished something on Saturday that he’d done only twice over the last three years combined. Woods was 2-over par through seven holes of his third round at The Barclays, before charging over the final 11 holes, ultimately finishing the third round with a 2-under 69.
Rarely over the past few years have we seen Woods salvage such a seemingly disappointing round and turn it into such a positive round. The only other two rounds over the last three years in which Woods recovered from being 2 over (mid-round) to finishing at 2 under or better were at the 2012 The Barclays (second round) and the 2013 Masters (final round).
• Kevin Chappell will play with Woods on Sunday after playing the round of his life on Saturday at The Barclays. He carded nine birdies and zero bogeys en route to shooting a 9-under 62. He’s just the fifth player over the last four months on the PGA TOUR to record a round with nine or more par-breakers and no holes over par. The others were Lucas Glover and Chez Reavie at the John Deere Classic as well as Brandt Snedeker and John Merrick at the RBC Canadian Open.
More impressively, Chappell is only the second player ever to post such a round at The Barclays. The only other player to record nine or more birdies and zero bogeys in a round at this event was Hunter Mahan in 2007 (third round).
• Matt Kuchar is poised for yet another strong showing as he enters the final round of The Barclays tied for the lead with Gary Woodland. Kuchar already has two wins in 2013 (World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship and the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide Insurance) and two second-place finishes (Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial and the RBC Canadian Open).
Since 2010, only three players have won at least three PGA TOUR events in one year: Woods (three in 2012 and five in 2013), Jim Furyk (three in 2010) and Rory McIlroy (four in 2012).
Over the last three seasons, only three players have had five or more top-2 finishes: Woods (five in 2013), Rory McIlroy (five in 2012) and Webb Simpson (five in 2011).
By Jessica Rangel, PGATOUR.COM
Heading into the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational, there are three players who are capable of becoming the new leader in the FedExCup standings. Although the current leader Tiger Woods is playing, a faulty performance could open the door for Matt Kuchar, Brandt Snedeker or Phil Mickelson.
Below includes the current standings, how many points behind the lead, and a ‘what if’ first place scenario.
||No. 1 Scenarios
|2. Matt Kuchar
||Win or solo second
|3. Brandt Snedeker
||Win or solo second
|4. Phil Mickelson
By PGATOUR.COM staff
Matt Kuchar likes to say he's not great at one particular part of golf, just good in a number of areas. Well, that's sort of true. Turns out, Kuchar is pretty darn good at putting.
Kuchar finished second in strokes gained-putting en route to winning the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide Insurance on Sunday and is 14th this season. Here's a look at his putting stats from the past few years.
Strokes gained-putting: Matt Kuchar
|Rank in SGP||14th||25th||26th||8th||10th||64th|
Ryan Moore hit an amazing 54 of 56 fairways at the Memorial Tournament. (How/Getty Images)
By Bill Cooney, PGATOUR.COM
Another win for Matt Kuchar. Some surprising struggles for Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy. Yet one of the most interesting stats from the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide Tournament comes via the driving of Ryan Moore. He hit an unbelieveable 54 of 56 fairways. We'll examine that and some other tasty tidbits by going inside the numbers ...
-1.190 Strokes gained-putting for Tiger Woods at the Memorial, which ranked 71st out of 73 players. That means Woods lost 1.190 strokes per round on the greens to the field average. … Woods, who finished T65, entered the week with a sizable lead in this category, gaining 1.259 strokes per round on the field average. After his showing at the Memorial, he slid to fifth in SGP at .833. The new leader is Greg Chalmers at .990.
3rd Muirfield Village’s ranking among the most difficult golf courses on the PGA TOUR in 2013. … Jack’s Place wasn’t only tough on Tiger and Rory. The course played 1.256 strokes over par, behind only Augusta National (+1.412, the Masters) and PGA National (+1.318, The Honda Classic).
12 Number of players in the top 30 in the FedExCup standings in the field this week at the FedEx St. Jude Classic. … The list includes five players in the top 10: Brandt Snedeker (3), Billy Horschel (5), Boo Weekley (6), Phil Mickelson (7) and D.A. Points (9).
35 Top-10 finishes for Kuchar since 2010, which leads the TOUR during that time. … Luke Donald is second with 31. Kuchar, now with multiple wins in the same season for the first time in his career, has won four times in that time period. Kuchar also won the World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship this season, THE PLAYERS Championship in 2012, and The Barclays in 2010.
39 Consecutive fairways hit by Moore at the Memorial. … Moore, who hit a ridiculous 54 of 56 fairways at Muirfield Village, also hit 39 straight. It’s the longest consecutive fairways hit streak since Jeff Maggert hit 45 straight in 2009. Which brings us to the most impressive stat of the week ...
96.43 percent Driving accuracy percentage for Moore at the Memorial. … That’s the best percentage on TOUR this season by far. Nick O’Hern hit 87.29 percent of fairways at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, which is second on TOUR this season. Even more impressive, Moore’s number is the best on TOUR since Joe Durant hit 98.21 percent of his fairways at the 2006 84 LUMBER Classic.
122nd Strokes gained-putting rank in 2013 for McIlroy, who also struggled on the greens at the Memorial. … McIlroy is losing about a half-stroke per tournament to the field average in 2013. At Memorial, he ranked 70th in SGP, losing about one shot per round to the field average. McIlroy has never been a strong putter, but he’s even worse this season than last. He ranked 82nd in 2012, when he was gaining strokes each round on the field average.
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
Keegan Bradley led the field in driving distance, but finished T50 at the Memorial Tournament.
|Driving Distance||283.1 (38th)||Keegan Bradley (303.8 yards)||T50
|Driving Accuracy||69.64% (T37)||Ryan Moore (96.43%)||T13
|Strokes Gained-Putting||1.816 (2nd)
||James Driscoll (2.144)
|Greens in Regulation||75.00% (1st)|
|Proximity to the Hole||31'-0" (T21)
||Ken Duke (24'-3")
|Scrambling||61.11% (18th)||Gary Woodland (72.41%)||T16
WEEKLY PERFORMANCE STATS ARCHIVE
Week 2: Sony Open in Hawaii
Week 4: Farmers Insurance Open
Week 5: Waste Management Phoenix Open
Week 7: Northern Trust Open
Week 8: The Honda Classic
Week 9: WGC Cadillac & Puerto Rico Open
Week 12: Shell Houston Open
Week 13: Valero Texas Open
Week 14: The Masters
Week 15: RBC Heritage
Week 16: Zurich Classic of New Orleans
Week 17: Wells Fargo Championship
Week 18: THE PLAYERS Championship
Week 19: HP Byron Nelson Championship