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 PGATOUR.COM staff
Jimmy Walker put himself on a number of lists when he won the Frys.com Open – PGA TOUR champions, FedExCup leaders, 2014 Hyundai Tournament of Champions qualifiers – but also found himself on a slightly less illustrious list: Least accurate drivers among TOUR champions.
Walker hit just 22 of 56 fairways this week (39.3 percent) to finish dead last in the field among those who played four rounds. That number is tied for the third worst percentage for an event winner since 1983. It's not all bad, though. Walker joins Tiger Woods on this list and left CordeValle with his first title, more than two years of job security and the lead in the FedExCup race.
Here’s a look at the top 5:
|Year||Tournament||Player||Percentage||Fairways hit||No. of Fairways|
|1988||Anheuser-Busch Golf Classic||Tom Sieckmann||33.9%||19||56|
|1989||Shearson Lehman Hutton Open||Greg Twiggs||37.5%||21||56|
|2013||Frys.com Open||Jimmy Walker||39.3%||22||56|
|2005||WGC.American Express||Tiger Woods||39.3%||22||56|
|2012||Sony Open in Hawaii||Johnson Wagner||41.1%||23||56|
Walker made up for the driving inaccuracies by hitting 24 of 34 greens (70.6 percent) when he missed the fairway and leading the field in strokes gained-putting (+3.07), Total distance of putts made (446 ft.) and putts made from outside 10 feet (14).
Corey Pavin has an impressive record at the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial. (Gross/Getty Images)
By Bill Cooney, PGATOUR.COM
Sang-Moon Bae had quite a week on the greens en route to winning the HP Byron Nelson Championship on Sunday. In fact, his work from outside of 20 feet ranked among the best of the past 10 seasons on the PGA TOUR. We'll take a look at that, some interesting scrambling stats among money leaders and dive into this week's Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial by going inside the numbers ...
1 Only Ben Hogan won back-to-back titles at the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial. And he did it twice, in 1946-47 and 1952-53. … Defending champion Zach Johnson will attempt to join him this week. Johnson won at Hogan’s Alley twice, in 2012 and 2010. For comparison, Johnson owns nine PGA TOUR wins; Hogan finished with 64, which ranks fourth all-time.
6 Number of putts Bae made from outside of 20 feet at the HP Byron Nelson, which led the field. … Since 2003, Bae is just the 11th TOUR winner to make six or more putts from beyond 20 feet. He also ranked second in strokes gained-putting (1.753) at the HP Byron Nelson and tied for first in putts converted from outside of 10 feet with 12. The last time Bae made 12 putts from outside 10 feet came during his previous best finish on TOUR, when he lost in a playoff to Luke Donald at the Tampa Bay Championship presented by EverBank.
6 Must be the lucky number this week. It's also the number of top-10 finishes by the 2013 co-leaders in this category, Keegan Bradley and Brandt Snedeker … Bradley earned his sixth T10 of the season with his runner-up finish at the HP Byron Nelson. Bradley, who ranks eighth in FedExCup points, had five T10s for all of 2012.
8 Number of players among the top 10 money leaders this season who rank inside the top 45 in scrambling on the PGA TOUR. … How important is a solid short game? Clearly, it’s crucial. In order of money leaders, No. 1 Tiger Woods (19th), No. 2 Brandt Snedeker (10th), No. 3 Kevin Streelman (28th), No. 5 Matt Kuchar (22nd), No. 8 Keegan Bradley (37th), No. 9 D.A. Points (44th) and No. 10 Steve Stricker (34th) are inside the top 45. No. 7 Adam Scott would be inside the top 45 if he had enough events to qualify for the stat. Only No. 4 Billy Horschel (121st) and No. 6 Phil Mickelson (113th) rank outside the top 45 in scrambling.
Rule 20-7 In winning the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial last year, Zach Johnson incurred a two-stroke penalty for not replacing his ball in the correct spot on the 18th green before holing out. Johnson had moved his marker because it was in playing partner Jason Dufner’s line but he forgot to move it back before putting. The violation was discovered before Johnson signed his scorecard and a penalty of two strokes was assessed. Johsnon won by 1. "There's a number of adjectives I'm calling myself right now. And lucky would be the biggest one," Johnson said at the time.
23 Consecutive cuts made by Jimmy Walker, which leads the TOUR. … Walker’s T27 at HP Byron Nelson kept his streak going. He’s currently 14th in FedExCup points and owns four T10s this season. Walker, who hasn’t missed a cut since last season’s The Greenbrier Classic, is still searching for his first career PGA TOUR victory.
26 of 30 Cuts made/number of appearances for Corey Pavin at the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial. … Pavin, now a Champions Tour regular, has played in every event since his first start in 1984. He’s a two-time champion, having won in ’85 and ’96. He also has eight T10s. Hogan has the most T10s in the event with 15.
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