May 27, 2013
By Bill Cooney, PGATOUR.COM
- Boo Weekley led the field in distance of total putts made at Crowne Plaza, breaking the 400-foot mark. (Halleran/Getty Images)
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.
10Active 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.
$5,034,448Career 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.