By Bill Cooney, PGATOUR.COM
Jimmy Walker won for the first time on Sunday at the Frys.com Open, adding to his amazing run of success in The Golden State. Twenty-seven of Walker's 188 career starts on the PGA TOUR have produced an incredible 36.3 percent of his career earnings. We'll dive into that as well as a remarkable comparison between Vijay Singh and Tiger Woods by going inside the numbers ...
7 of 8 Before we dive into a Frys.com Open review, the hottest player in golf returns for this week’s Shriners Hospitals for Children Open at TPC Summerlin. That’s Zach Johnson, who closed the 2013 season with seven T10s in his final eight starts. He also went 3-1 for the U.S. Team at The Presidents Cup. Johnson tied for 10th here during his only start in 2008.
10 Number of consecutive one-putts registered by Scott Brown at the Frys.com Open, the best thus far in the 2013-14 season. … Brown one-putted twice (two pars) to end his first round and opened with eight one-putts (four birdies, four pars) in Round 2. Remarkably, Brown, whose only TOUR win came in Puerto Rico last season, finished just 37th for the week in strokes gained-putting. But how good was Brown’s streak of 10? It would have been the sixth best at season’s end of 2013. Tim Herron had the longest streak last season at 14 straight holes with a one-putt or better.
27 Number of career runner-up finishes for Vijay Singh, who finished just two shots back of Walker at the Frys.Com Open. … Singh has 27 seconds, 181 top 10s along with 34 wins in 521 career starts. As good as those numbers look, check out the comparisons to Tiger Woods. Woods (79 wins) has 29 seconds and 185 T10s in 309 starts. Remarkably, Woods has two more second-place finishes and four more T10s than the World Golf Hall of Famer Singh in 212 fewer starts on the PGA TOUR.
39.3 percent As you may have read Monday, Walker hit just 22 of 56 fairways at the Frys.com Open, which ranked dead last in the field among players who played four rounds. … That percentage is tied for the third-worst mark among event winners on TOUR since 1983. You can read more about that here.
84.72 percent Greens in regulation percentage for Singh at the Frys.com Open. … Singh led the field in the category (61 of 72) while finishing second, his best finish since his runner-up at the 2011 Northern Trust Open. Singh hasn’t won since 2008, when he tallied three victories. If Singh, 50, can keep playing at a high level, perhaps he can break Sam Snead’s record for oldest player to win on TOUR. Snead won the 1965 Greater Greensboro Open at age 52.
$2,981,155.67 Career earnings for Walker in the state of California. … For some reason, Walker loves some Golden State golf. After winning the Frys.com Open, he has now made 36.3 percent of his career earnings ($8.1 million) in the five California events (Frys.com Open, Humana Challenge in partnership with the Clinton Foundation, AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, Farmers Insurance Open, Northern Trust Open). And those events make up just 14.3 percent of his 188 career PGA TOUR starts.
By Bill Cooney, PGATOUR.COM
Adam Scott posted a score on a roller-coaster Sunday at The Barclays and wound up winning. Turns out, Scott's putting was just as up-and-down as the final-round leaderboard. He struggled in Rounds 1 and 3, but got things rolling in Rounds 2 and 4. We'll take a look at that, and see what Scott and Justin Rose accomplished that's only been done five times in the past 20 years by going inside the numbers ...
3 Number of bogey-free rounds for Scott this season. … This may come as a surprise, but Scott has posted just three bogey-free rounds in 48 rounds played in 2013. One of them (66), of course, won him The Barclays.
5 times Number of times a reigning major champion has won a PGA TOUR event and another reigning major champion has finished second in the same TOUR event in the past 20 years – which happened for the fifth time at The Barclays for Scott (Win; Masters) and Rose (T2; U.S. Open). According to Elias Sports Bureau, the other four times were: Tiger Woods (win; PGA) and Zach Johnson (second; Masters) at the 2007 TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola; Vijay Singh (win; PGA) and Woods (second; Masters, Open) at the 2005 Buick Open; Woods (win; Masters) and Retief Goosen (second; U.S. Open) at the 2002 Masters; and Woods (win; U.S. Open, Open, PGA) and Singh (second; Masters) at THE PLAYERS Championship in 2001.
5 putts Number of putts Scott made from outside of 10 feet in the final round. … Scott putted quite well in Rounds 2 and 4 at The Barclays. He was 11th in Round 2, picking up 2.458 strokes on the field average and 9th in Round 4, picking up just over 2 strokes on the field average. Surprisingly, he struggled in Rounds 1 and 3. He lost 1.591 strokes on the field average on Thursday, which ranked 104th in the field. On Saturday, he lost 2.054 shots, which ranked 67th. He ranked 33rd for the week in strokes gained-putting (.210).
15 Number of greens in regulation Scott hit during his final-round, 5-under 66. … Scott hit his first nine greens on Sunday, and hit six of nine the rest of the way. Of the three missed greens on the back nine, he saved par on all of them. He ranked T15 in the field in scrambling at 68.18 percent for the week.
51 of 56 That’s
how many fairways Graham DeLaet hit at The Barclays during his T2 finish. …
DeLaet posted a final-round 65 and was the best in the field for the week at 91
percent of fairways hit. That’s the second-best mark of 2013, and only the
second mark over the 90-percent barrier. Only Ryan Moore’s 96.43-percent mark
(54 of 56) is better. Moore’s
mark is also the best on TOUR since Joe Durant hit 98.21 percent of his
fairways at the 2006 84 LUMBER Classic. Also, DeLaet hit 14 of 14 fairways
twice on the week, having never previously done that in 257 prior rounds.
DeLaet ranks first in total driving and third in greens in regulation on TOUR. He's also No. 1 in ball-striking.
314.9 Driving distance average for Rory McIlroy at The Barclays, which led the field. McIlroy finished T19. … This is the second time this season and the sixth time of his career McIlroy has led the field in driving distance. In four of those six events, he finished in the top 10. He also led the field during his runaway victory at the 2012 PGA Championship. Coincidence or not?
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
Week 24: U.S. Open
Week 25: Travelers Championship
Week 26: AT&T National
Week 27: The Greenbrier Classic
Week 28: John Deere Classic
Week 29: The Open Championship
Week 30: WGC-Bridgestone Invitational
Week 31: PGA Championship
Week 32: Wyndham Championship