Ryan Moore hit an amazing 54 of 56 fairways at the Memorial Tournament. (How/Getty Images)
By Bill Cooney, PGATOUR.COM
Another win for Matt Kuchar. Some surprising struggles for Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy. Yet one of the most interesting stats from the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide Tournament comes via the driving of Ryan Moore. He hit an unbelieveable 54 of 56 fairways. We'll examine that and some other tasty tidbits by going inside the numbers ...
-1.190 Strokes gained-putting for Tiger Woods at the Memorial, which ranked 71st out of 73 players. That means Woods lost 1.190 strokes per round on the greens to the field average. … Woods, who finished T65, entered the week with a sizable lead in this category, gaining 1.259 strokes per round on the field average. After his showing at the Memorial, he slid to fifth in SGP at .833. The new leader is Greg Chalmers at .990.
3rd Muirfield Village’s ranking among the most difficult golf courses on the PGA TOUR in 2013. … Jack’s Place wasn’t only tough on Tiger and Rory. The course played 1.256 strokes over par, behind only Augusta National (+1.412, the Masters) and PGA National (+1.318, The Honda Classic).
12 Number of players in the top 30 in the FedExCup standings in the field this week at the FedEx St. Jude Classic. … The list includes five players in the top 10: Brandt Snedeker (3), Billy Horschel (5), Boo Weekley (6), Phil Mickelson (7) and D.A. Points (9).
35 Top-10 finishes for Kuchar since 2010, which leads the TOUR during that time. … Luke Donald is second with 31. Kuchar, now with multiple wins in the same season for the first time in his career, has won four times in that time period. Kuchar also won the World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship this season, THE PLAYERS Championship in 2012, and The Barclays in 2010.
39 Consecutive fairways hit by Moore at the Memorial. … Moore, who hit a ridiculous 54 of 56 fairways at Muirfield Village, also hit 39 straight. It’s the longest consecutive fairways hit streak since Jeff Maggert hit 45 straight in 2009. Which brings us to the most impressive stat of the week ...
96.43 percent Driving accuracy percentage for Moore at the Memorial. … That’s the best percentage on TOUR this season by far. Nick O’Hern hit 87.29 percent of fairways at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, which is second on TOUR this season. Even more impressive, Moore’s number is the best on TOUR since Joe Durant hit 98.21 percent of his fairways at the 2006 84 LUMBER Classic.
122nd Strokes gained-putting rank in 2013 for McIlroy, who also struggled on the greens at the Memorial. … McIlroy is losing about a half-stroke per tournament to the field average in 2013. At Memorial, he ranked 70th in SGP, losing about one shot per round to the field average. McIlroy has never been a strong putter, but he’s even worse this season than last. He ranked 82nd in 2012, when he was gaining strokes each round on the field average.
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