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May 14 2013

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Inside the Numbers: HP Byron Nelson

Jason Day has finished in the top 10 in all three trips to the HP Byron Nelson Championship.
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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 3: Humana Challenge/Farmers Insurance Open

Week 4: Farmers Insurance Open/WM Phoenix Open

Week 5: WM Phoenix Open/AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am

Week 6: AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am/Northern Trust Open

Week 7: Northern Trust Open/WGC-Accenture Match Play

Week 8: WGC-Accenture Match Play/The Honda Classic

Week 9: The Honda Classic/WGC-Cadillac Championship

Week 10: WGC-Cadillac/Tampa Bay Championship

Week 11: Tampa Bay Championship/Arnold Palmer Invitational

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 16: RBC Heritage/Zurich Classic of New Orleans

Week 17: Zurich Classic/Wells Fargo Championship

Week 18: Wells Fargo/THE PLAYERS Championship

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