By Bill Cooney, PGATOUR.COM
Keegan Bradley's 10-under 60 in the first round of the HP Byron Nelson Championship on Thursday is the second 60 of the 2013 PGA TOUR season. Phil Mickelson carded a 60 in the first round of the Waste Management Phoenix Open, which led to a victory.
The lowest round in PGA TOUR history, of course, is 59. It has been shot five times, most recently by Stuart Appleby in the final round of the 2010 Greenbrier Classic. Appleby won by one shot.
There have also been 28 60s shot on the PGA TOUR.
59s on the PGA TOUR
|Stuart Appleby||2010||The Greenbrier Classic||4th||11 (Won by 1)|
|Paul Goydos||2010||John Deere Classic||1st||12 (2nd place)|
|David Duval||1999||Humana Challenge||4th||13 (Won by 1)|
|Chip Beck||1991||Las Vegas Invitational||3rd||13 (Tied for 3rd)|
|Al Geiberger||1977||Memphis Classic||2nd||13 (Won by 3)|
60s on the PGA TOUR
|Keegan Bradley||2013||HP Byron Nelson||1st||10|
|Phil Mickelson||2013||WM Phoenix Open||1st||11|
|Tommy Gainey||2012||McGladrey Classic||4th||10|
|*Patrick Cantlay||2011||Travelers Championship||2nd||10|
|J.B. Holmes||2010||Greenbrier Classic||3rd||10|
|Carl Pettersson||2010||RBC Canadian Open||3rd||10|
|Steve Stricker||2010||John Deere Classic||1st||12|
|Zach Johnson||2009||Valero Texas Open||3rd||10|
|Zach Johnson||2007||TOUR Championship||3rd||10|
|Justin Rose||2006||FUNAI Classic at Disney||1st||12|
|Arron Oberholser||2006||HP Byron Nelson||2nd||10|
|Pat Perez||2006||Humana Challenge||1st||12|
|Phil Mickelson||2005||WM Phoenix Open||2nd||11|
|Bart Bryant||2004||Valero Texas Open||3rd||10|
|Robert Gamez||2004||Humana Challenge||3rd||12|
|Mark Calcavecchia||2001||WM Phoenix Open||2nd||11|
|Tommy Armour III||1999||Las Vegas Invitational||2nd||12|
|Steve Lowery||1997||Buick Challenge||4th||12|
|Grant Waite||1996||WM Phoenix Open||4th||11|
|Davis Love III||1994||Hawaiian Open||2nd||12|
|David Frost||1990||Tucson Open||2nd||12|
|Sam Snead||1957||Dallas Open||2nd||11|
|Mike Souchak||1955||Texas Open||1st||11|
|Tommy Bolt||1954||Insurance City Open||2nd||11|
|Wally Ulrich||1954||Virginia Beach Open||2nd||9|
|Ted Kroll||1954||Texas Open||3rd||11|
|Bill Nary||1952||El Paso Open||3rd||11|
|Al Brosch||1951||Texas Open||3rd||11|
* -- Amateur
By Rob Bolton, PGATOUR.COM Fantasy Insider
TPC Four Seasons has hosted the HP Byron Nelson Championship singularly since 2008, so this week's focus centers only on the last five editions of the tournament outside Dallas.
The $6.7-million question is which TPC Four Seasons will show up this week. Will it be the track that surrendered a tournament-record, 19-under 261 to Rory Sabbatini in 2009? Or will something more in line of 3-under 277 -- the aggregate Keegan Bradley rode to his playoff victory over Ryan Palmer in 2011 -- be in the offing? The answer is likely somewhere in between.
Sabbatini torched the greens for just 103 putts en route to his two-stroke triumph. He made 10 putts from outside 10 feet and ranked sixth in strokes gained-putting. Despite finishing 28th in fairways hit and 38th in greens in regulation, he still placed second in par-3 scoring and third in par-4 scoring. What's absent from the stats is that the winds laid down all week, allowing the South African to convert a field-high 26 birdies on a course that relies on Mother Nature to help defend par.
Two years later, in conditions in which you'd rather only fly a kite, Bradley imparted the bulk of his damage closer to the ground. He missed only one of 64 attempts from 7 feet and in. While that's impressive, to put Sabbatini's long-range success into perspective, Bradley converted on just three of 43 attempts outside 10 feet. The 2011 Rookie of the Year ranked 28th in strokes gained-putting during his title run.
Similar to what we learned in advance of last week's stop at par-72 TPC Sawgrass, the last five champions at TPC Four Seasons, a par 70, have scored extremely well on the par 4s. From Adam Scott in 2008 through defending champion Jason Dufner, all ranked inside the top three in par-4 scoring average. The only other relevant stat that comes close to that kind of consistency among the winners is scrambling. None ranked worse than Sabbatini, who was 17th. What's downright head-scratching is that both champs that ranked outside the top 10 in scrambling -- Jason Day was the other at 14th in 2010 -- were the same two that ranked outside the top 10 in greens in regulation the same week -- Sabbatini placed 38th, Day 50th.
That puts immense pressure on one's putting. Yet, in what remains his only victory on the PGA TOUR, Day turned in a career-defining performance with his putter. He led his field in stroked gained (2.003), putts per GIR (1.605), fewest putts (101) and one-putt percentage (54.17). He also went 55-for-56 from 7 feet and in and made 10 putts from outside 10 feet.
So, while TPC Four Seasons plays on paper as a ball-striker's yard, it won't discriminate against a guy that has a hot putter. Scott (ninth in GIR; ninth in SG-P) is the only winner that has ranked inside the top 25 in both greens in regulation and strokes gained-putting en route to his victory.
Jason Day has finished in the top 10 in all three trips to the HP Byron Nelson Championship.
By Bill Cooney, PGATOUR.COM
Tiger Woods avoided danger on his way to victory at THE PLAYERS Championship, successfully navigating the 16th, 17th and 18th holes under par in the final round. Woods also played the par 4s beautifully all week, finishing under par on them for the first time since his last victory at THE PLAYERS in 2001. We'll take a look at this, much more from THE PLAYERS and some nuggets about this week's HP Byron Nelson Championship by going inside the numbers ...
+0.393 Number of strokes over par that the 462-yard 18th hole at TPC Sawgrass played for the week. … That ties the seventh hole at Torrey Pines for the third most-difficult hole on the PGA TOUR this season. Only the 18th at Bay Hill (+.400) and the 10th hole at PGA National (+.403) currently rank more difficult in 2013.
2 under Woods’ performance on the par 4s during THE PLAYERS. … It’s just the second time Woods completed THE PLAYERS Championship with an under par total on par 4s. The last time? It was his first victory in 2001, when he finished 3 under.
3 Number of top-10 finishes in as many tries for Jason Day at the HP Byron Nelson Championship. … Despite just three appearances, Day is the fifth-leading money winner in Nelson history, having placed first, fifth and T9. He’s also carded eight of 12 rounds in the 60s. Considering he’s coming off a final-round 68 at THE PLAYERS (T19), Day is a popular pick this week.
34 Number of times Tiger Woods has led the field in par-5 scoring during his 75 career stroke play victories. … This number includes eight of his past 12 wins on TOUR, including THE PLAYERS when Woods led the field with a par-5 performance of 12 under. Woods is a combined 663 under on par 5s in his 75 career stroke play victories.
37 feet, 6 inches Sergio Garcia’s average in proximity to the hole at THE PLAYERS, which ranked 52nd the in the field. … Garcia, who has drastically improved his putting over the years (he was T5 in strokes gained at THE PLAYERS), has actually seen his iron play decline in each of the past four-plus seasons on the PGA TOUR. In 2009, he ranked 21st in proximity to the hole (which measures how close a player's approach is from the fairway). He was 87th in 2010, 106th in 2011, 134th last season and is a staggering 166th in 2013.
55 Number of greens in regulation Woods hit at THE PLAYERS, which tied for third in the field. … Woods hadn't hit at least 50 greens in regulation at THE PLAYERS since he hit 56 in 2002. It’s pretty clear GIR is a big key for Woods at TPC Sawgrass. He hit 54 in 2000 and finished second and hit 50 in 2001 and won. His 56 in 2002 resulted in a T14 finish.
80 percent Percentage that Woods has finished in the Top 25 in his career. … There’s plenty to like about Tiger’s career stats. But this one is pretty ridiculous. In 300 starts, he’s finished in the top 25 240 times. He also has 78 wins (26 percent), 28 runner-ups (9.3 percent) and 182 top 10s (60.7 percent).
83.93 percent Driving accuracy percentage for Roberto Castro at THE PLAYERS, which tied for first with Boo Weekley after hitting 47 of 56 fairways. … Castro matched the course record with a first-round 63. Despite a Friday fade (78), he rebounded with a pair of 71s to finish T19, his second-best finish of the season. Castro was solid in a number of categories, but floundered with the flatstick, ranking 67th in strokes gained-putting. He lost more than 2.5 strokes on the field average for the week.
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