Boo Weekley's putting has improved quite a bit in 2013.
By Bill Cooney, PGATOUR.COM
Perhaps it's no surprise that arguably the best ball striker on the PGA TOUR is an impressive 12th in FedExCup points. At least not until considering that player, Boo Weekley, ranked No. 1 in ball-striking in 2012 but 123rd in FedExCup points.
How is such a disparity possible? It's perfectly plausible when taking a peek at Weekley's putting statistics.
Weekley was losing an incredible 1.023 strokes per round to the field average last season. That ranked 190th on the PGA TOUR -- second-to-last. That's more than four strokes per four-round tournament just to the field average.
This season, Weekley ranks 181st in strokes gained-putting. But get this: His SGP number has dropped to -.652, meaning he's improved nearly a half stroke since last season per round.
One other stat that sticks out for Weekley, who broke a five-year victory drought with his win this season at the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial, is sand play. Weekley is up to 96th on TOUR (50.44 percent) from 161st last season (43.01 percent).
Here are some of the stats where Weekley has improved the most since last season.
|Sand save percentage
|Putting from > 25 feet
By PGATOUR.COM staff
How important is proximity to the hole? Well, perhaps not surprisingly, pretty important. The top five players in proximity at the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial all finished in the top 11.
Let's take a look at some proximity to the hole stats from last week.
|Rank||Player||Proximity to the hole||Greens in regulation||Finish|
|1.||Boo Weekley||25 feet, 9 inches||54/72 (T5)||1st|
|2.||Jordan Spieth||26 feet, 9 inches||50/72 (T22)||T7|
|3.||Chez Reavie||27 feet, 4 inches||55/72 (T3)||T11|
|4.||Scott Stallings||27 feet, 7 inches||53/72(T7)||T4|
|5.||Matt Every||27 feet, 11 inches||55/72 (T3)||T4|
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
We've made a big fuss in the past few days about the improvement of Boo Weekley's putting. As we should have. But by digging a little deeper, Weekley -- who ranked 33rd in strokes gained-putting and first in total distance of putts made -- actually struggled more on shorter putts than longer ones during his victory at the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial. Take a look.
Boo Weekley: Putting breakdown by distance
|Putting stat||Stat||Percentage||Event rank|
|Putting from 3-5 feet||7/11||63.64%||77th|
|Putting from 4-8 feet||7/12||58.33%||70th|
|Putting -- Inside 10 feet||58/67||86.57%||52nd|
|Putting from 10-15 feet||4/12||33.33%||T40|
|Putting from 15-20 feet||1/12||8.33%||T61|
|Putting from 20-25 feet||2/9||22.22%||25th|
|Putting from > 25 feet||5/12||41.67%||1st|
|Average distance of putts made||106'-8"||--||1st|
Jonas Blixt led the field in scrambling, making par or better on 23 of 25 missed greens in regulation.
|Crowne Plaza Inv. at Colonial
|Driving Distance||298.9 (17th)||Graham DeLaet (313.4 yards)||T22
|Driving Accuracy||71.43% (T6)||Chez Reavie (78.57%)||T11
|Strokes Gained-Putting||.505 (33rd)
||Tim Clark (1.611)
|Greens in Regulation||75.00% (T5)||John Peterson (79.17%)
|Proximity to the Hole||25'-9" (1st)
|Scrambling||61.11% (40th)||Jonas Blixt (92.00%)||T11
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
By Bill Cooney, PGATOUR.COM
Boo Weekley is known as one of the better ball-strikers on the PGA TOUR. His putting? Not so much.
But Weekley's putting improved dramatically at the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial this week, and it's a big reason why he was wearing the plaid jacket that goes to the winner on Sunday evening.
Weekley ranks seventh in greens in regulation and 14th in proximity to the hole in 2013. But he ranks 178th in strokes gained-putting at -.692. (He's losing more than a half shot per round to the field average on the greens.) He also ranks 145th in putts made from greater than 10 feet.
His stats were much better at Crowne Plaza. See for yourself.
Boo Weekley's putting
|SGP (Rank)||Putts per round (Rank)||Putts from > 10 feet (Rank)|
|2013 season||-.692 (178th)||29.88 (T168)||69/525, 13.14% (T145)|
|Crowne Plaza||+.505 (33rd)||28.00 (T22)||12/45, 26.67% (5th)|