Francesco Molinari led the PGA field in greens in regulation but finished T33. (Cannon/Getty Images)
|Driving Distance||283.5 (T25)||Brooks Koepka (302.8 yards)||T70
|Driving Accuracy||60.71% (T18)||D.A. Points (42/56, 75.00%)||T40
|Greens in Regulation||75.00% (3)||Francesco Molinari (57/72, 79.17%)||T33
|Proximity to the Hole||NA
|Scrambling||72.22% (1)||Dufner (13 of 18)
WEEKLY PERFORMANCE STATS ARCHIVE
Week 23: U.S. Open
Week 24: Travelers Championship
Week 25: AT&T National
Week 26: The Greenbrier Classic
Week 27: John Deere Classic
Week 29: RBC Canadian Open
Week 30: WGC-Bridgestone Invitational
Adam Scott's incredible major season was quite rare. Find out why below. (Greenwood/Getty Images)
By Bill Cooney, PGATOUR.COM
Jason Dufner joined some pretty exclusive company by winning the PGA Championship after firing a 63. Only five other players have done it, and you've likely heard of all of them.
We'll take a look at Dufner's victory, a rare major championship season by Adam Scott and touch on this week's Wyndham Championship by going inside the numbers. ...
2 over Combined major championship total for Adam Scott and Jason Day. … That ranked as the lowest par total among any player throughout the four major championships this season. Scott, of course, won the Masters. He also was T3 at The Open, T5 at the PGA and finished T45 at the U.S. Open. Day was third at the Masters, T2 at the U.S. Open, T8 at the PGA and T32 at The Open.
Top 5, 3 times, in majors Scott is the first player to finish inside the top 5 in three major championships in the same season since 2008. … Padraig Harrington was the last player to accomplish this feat, having won both The Open Championship and PGA Championship that season while finishing T5 at the Masters.
5 Number of top-10 finishes by Sergio Garcia on the PGA TOUR since his victory at last season’s Wyndham Championship, which spans 15 events. … Garcia is back to defend this week at Wyndham, the final week before the FedExCup Playoffs begin. He’s also ranked No. 1 on the PGA TOUR in strokes gained-putting, picking up .918 strokes per round on the field average.
6 Number of golfers to win a major after shooting a 63. … Dufner, who just missed a putt for a record 62 on Friday, joined 24 other players who have shot 63 in a major – which has been done 26 times. Only five other players have gone on to win, though -- Tiger Woods (2007 PGA, Southern Hills), Greg Norman (1986 Open Championship, Turnberry), Raymond Floyd (1982 PGA, Southern Hills), Jack Nicklaus (1980 U.S. Open, Baltusrol) and Johnny Miller (1973 U.S. Open, Oakmont, Final round).
17th, 18th The final two holes at Oak Hill ranked as the first- and second-toughest for the week, respectively. … The 509-yard 17th played to a stroke average of 4.4152. There were only 25 birdies all week – just three in the final round. The 497-yard 18th played to a stroke average of 4.3457. There were only 34 birdies – just seven in the final round.
270 Dufner’s four-round score at Oak Hill, the best in six overall major championships at the venue. … That total was four shots better than the previous best of 274, shot by Jack Nicklaus at the 1980 PGA.
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
By Elias Sports Bureau Inc.
• During Sunday’s closing round of the PGA Championship, champion Jason Dufner had a stretch of seven consecutive one-putts. Since 1992, no eventual champion has had such a stretch in their closing round. One champion did have such a stretch during their victories. Steve Elkington had such a run in 1995 during the second round at Riviera Country Club.
Dufner has one-putted seven consecutive times three other times on the PGA TOUR. The 2011 Northern Trust Open, the 2010 Deutsche Bank Championship (8 consecutive) and the 2009Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by MasterCard.
• Jim Furyk and Jason Dufner, playing in Sunday’s last grouping of the final round of the PGA Championship, each did not record a hole over-par through their first eight holes of action. Since 2003, only in two other majors has the last group of the final round begun in such fashion. The 2011 U.S. Open featuring Rory McIlroy and Y.E. Yang and the 2006 Masters with Phil Mickelson and Fred Couples.
By PGATOUR.COM staff
It might just be a three-man race for the 2013 PGA Championship at Oak Hill Country Club. Here's a look at some key 2013 PGA TOUR statistical rankings of Jason Dufner, Jim Furyk and Henrik Stenson.
|Greens in regulation||30||48||2|
|Putting inside 5 feet||178||39||90|
By Elias Sports Bureau Inc.
• Jonas Blixt, playing in his second career major championship, carded a bogey-free 66 during today’s third round of the PGA Championship. Since 1991, only two players who have had such limited major championship experience have posted a bogey-free round on the weekend at a PGA Championship. Last year at Kiawah Island, while playing in his second major, Blake Adams posted a bogey-free final round. And in 2010 at Whistling Straits, Jason Day, also playing in his second major, carded a bogey-free third round.
• Yesterday, K.J. Choi had a big jump up the leaderboard of the PGA Championship. Today was Dustin Johnson’s turn. Johnson moved up 51 places on the leaderboard to stand in ninth place. Johnson’s 51-place move up the board is the third time in a PGA Championship third round someone has had a leap at least this large. In 2001, Mike Weir bettered his position by 51 spots at Landmark Golf Club and in 1990, David Frost moved up 55 spots playing Shoal Creek Golf Club.
• After three rounds of play at the PGA Championship, Tiger Woods stands in 48th place and Phil Mickelson in 74th. In just two other tournaments as professionals on the PGA TOUR have both Woods and Mickelson stood in 48th or worse place on the leaderboard after three rounds of the event. In the 2005 THE PLAYERS Championship, Mickelson stood 50th and Woods 71st. And at the 2002 British Open, Woods was 67th and Mickelson 72nd.
By Elias Sports Bureau Inc.
• Defending Masters champion Adam Scott sits atop the leaderboard, tied with Jim Furyk, after the opening round of the PGA Championship. Scott is the first defending Masters champion to hold the lead, either alone or tied, after the opening round of the PGA Championship since Ian Woosnam in 1991. Woosnam would fall off the pace on the weekend and finish tied for 48th place.
• Furyk recorded six par-breakers and just one hole over par during Thursday’s opening round of the PGA Championship. For Furyk, who is playing in his 73rd major this week, he’s opened a major event in both of these categories better than today just once, in the opening round of the 2009 Masters, Furyk again recorded six par-breaker, but not a single score over par.
• Miguel Angel Jimenez recorded five consecutive birdies during Thursday’s opening round of the PGA Championship. The five consecutive biridies is a PGA TOUR career best for Jimenez, whose pervious best was four in a row during the 2004 PGA Championship at Whistling Straits and the 2001 Bob Hope Chrysler Classic.
• Kohki Idoki, playing in his first major championship, began the PGA Championship Thursday by recording four birdies over a five-hole stretch on No. 1 through No. 5 -- a stretch that included four in a row. Since 1992, only two players, playing in their first major championship, have recorded four or more scores under-par on holes one through five of the opening round. In the 1992 U.S. Open at Pebble Beach, Andy Dillard recorded five holes under par. And Joe Durant in the 1998 U.S. Open at The Olympic Club recorded four birdies over holes 1 through 5.
By Rob Bolton, PGATOUR.COM Fantasy Columnist
Hitting fairways is the key at Oak Hill Country Club this week, right? That may prove to be true, but contenders at the 2003 PGA Championship as well as recent winners of the season's final major don't present the kind of evidence required for an open-and-shut case.
Of the 13 golfers that finished inside the top 10 on the leaderboard at Oak Hill in 2003, only five ranked inside the top 10 in fairways hit that week. Champion Shaun Micheel, who was two strokes lower than runner-up Chad Campbell, split only 31 of 56 fairways (55.36 percent) to rank T40 in the field (Campbell tied for third-most with 41 fairways hit). Instead, Micheel did his heavy lifting thereafter, ranking T3 in greens in regulation and first in putting average. He also led the field in par-4 scoring.
Aligning with what we expect at most tournaments, seven of the same 13 golfers in 2003 placed inside the top 10 in greens in regulation. Six of the 13 ranked inside the top 10 in putting. Both trump driving accuracy.
Since the PGA Championship migrates and course pars vary, direct comparisons can't be made between host tracks, but it's somewhat relevant to mention that Padraig Harrington (in 2008) is the last PGA champion to crack the top 15 in fairways hit the week of his victory. He checked in at T7. Y.E. Yang (2009) and Keegan Bradley (2011) tied for 20th; Rory McIlroy (2012) ranked T42 and Martin Kaymer (2010) finished T49. Meanwhile, Yang (eighth), Bradley (second) and McIlroy (10th) placed inside the top 10 in putting. All five finished the week inside the top 13 in greens in regulation.
So, while Oak Hill suggests that first shots need to come to rest in short grass, the host of the 95th PGA Championship could evolve into a second-shot golf course. That it measures just 7,163 yards from the tips supports the theory; that is, even the shortest knockers won't necessarily be wielding long irons on the longest holes.
Tiger Woods is putting much better this season, a major reason for his success. (Shamus/Getty Images)
By Jessica Rangel, PGATOUR.COM
Tiger Woods is heading to the PGA Championship after obtaining his 79th victory on the PGA TOUR at the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational, leaving him three wins behind all-time victory leader Sam Snead.
With 14 major championship wins, a win this weekend would put Woods even closer to the all-time major record of Jack Nicklaus (18). Woods would also tie Jack Nicklaus and Walter Hagen for the most PGA Championship wins at five.
"Do I want it any more? No, it's the same,” Woods said last week. "Each and every major, I always want them. I've been successful 14 times, and hopefully next week will be 15.”
Woods hasn’t won a major since the 2008 U.S. Open. Yet this year may be different, with five PGA TOUR wins, topping the money list, and a substantial lead in FedExCup points, Woods has been playing exceptionally well this year.
One improvement in Woods’ game this season compared to last season is his putting. During the 2013 season he has gained more than double his 2012 average strokes gained-putting (SGP). Woods is fourth on TOUR in SGP with .835, whereas last year was ranked 35th with .332.
“I'm just trying to get better, and I feel like I'm getting better as the year's going on, which is nice,” Woods said of his putting at THE PLAYERS Championship.
His putts from 10 feet have made quite the difference for him. Woods has gone from being 71st on the PGA TOUR to fifth in the statistic.
In the table below, you will be able to see the difference in Woods’ putting from the 2012 to 2013 season, showing how his short game has been able to take him to a higher level.
|Strokes-Gained Putting||3-putt avoidance||Putting from 10ft||Putting Average||1-putt percentage|
|2013 Season||.835 (4)||2.78% (T47)||56.25% (T5)||1.729 (T9)||40.69% (36)|
|2012 Season||.332 (35)||2.82% (T71)||44.00% (T71)||1.761 (42)||40.05% (39)|