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June 10 2013

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Stats: Snedeker the U.S. Open favorite

Brandt Snedeker ranks in the top 25 in five major statistical categories on the PGA TOUR.
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By Jessica Rangel and Krystyna Braxton, PGATOUR.COM

Who's the favorite to win the U.S. Open? It's Brandt Snedeker, at least according to the statistics.

We took a look at five major statistical categories in 2013, all of which we feel are quite important for this week at Merion Golf Club. We grabbed the PGA TOUR rankings of each of the top 50 players in the world in driving accuracy, rough proximity (the distance approach shots from outside the fairway finish from the hole), greens in regulation, scrambling and strokes gained-putting. We then added up each players' rank and came up with our own "Total rank" category.

Based on that, Snedeker tops the list. He ranked 9th in driving accuracy, 2nd in rough proximity, 12th in greens in regulation, 20th in scrambling and 22nd in strokes gained-putting. His final ranking, which added 9+2+12+20+22, was 65th.

Francesco Molinari does not have stats because he has not played in a PGA TOUR event in 2013. The asterisk (*) denotes players that do not have enough qualifying events to officially register in the rankings. However, it is the ranking where they would stand if they did qualify.

U.S. Open contenders

Player Drive acc. Rough prox. GIR Scrambling SGP Total
1. Brandt Snedeker 68.32% (9) 36-3 (2) 69.09% (12) 63.13% (20) .509 (22) 65
2. Kevin Streelman 66.81% (16) 39-6 (16) 68.44% (22) 61.27% (45) .480 (24) 123
3. *Steve Stricker 67.66% (13) 44-10 (135) 71.93% (2) 62.50% (25) .635 (13) 188
4. Sergio Garcia 60.43% (89) 41-9 (53) 67.90% (30) 62.18% (33) .989 (2) 207
5. *Adam Scott 60.24% (90) 39-9 (19) 68.29% (25) 61.31% (43) .272 (49) 226
6. Bill Haas 62.85% (53) 42-9 (79) 69.08% (13) 64.06% (11) .058 (79) 235
7. Webb Simpson 60.20% (90) 39-10 (21) 67.30% (40) 61.00% (49) .285 (48) 248
8. *Louis Oosthuizen 58.56% (112) 38-11 (6) 68.78% (15) 66.10% (3) -.096 (116) 252
9. Hunter Mahan 64.83% (32) 43-10 (108) 67.69% (32) 59.30% (74) .430 (29) 275
10. *Graeme McDowell 71.10% (1) 44-6 (125) 62.63 % (142) 70.27% (1) .647 (13) 282
11. Jim Furyk 70. 67% (4) 43-2 (91) 67.46% (35) 60.98% (50) -.056 (107) 287
12. Luke Donald 64.69% (34) 43-1 (89) 62.30% (149) 63.68% (15) .717 (6) 293
13. Rickie Fowler 61.76% (70) 39-2 (11) 63.23% (132) 62.23% (32) .200 (57) 302
13. Nick Watney 62.77% (61) 40-1 (26) 68.72% (16) 57.14% (119) .027 (86) 302
15. Matt Kuchar 57.38% (134) 42-10 (80) 66.23% (68) 64.84% (10) .605 (13) 305
16. Phil Mickelson 53.83% (160) 38-11 (6) 67.05% (44) 58.62% (93) .702 (8) 311
17. Ryan Moore 65.32% (27) 43-10 (108) 64.11% (113) 60.67% (56) .037 (84) 388
18. Jason Day 58.27% (117) 42-0 (56) 64.27% (106) 63.60% (17) .534 (18) 314
19. Keegan Bradley 61.39% (74) 43-1 (89) 65.76% (74) 60.60% (57) .430 (29) 323
20. Jason Dufner 65.06% (29) 41-3 (42) 67.70% (31) 59.20% (77) -.345 (153) 332
21. Charl Schwartzel 59.66% (93) 41-3 (42) 68.30% (24) 55.67% (144) .420 (32) 335
22. Justin Rose 66.76% (17) 45-8 (149) 69.87% (7) 65.25% (7) -.388 (156) 336
23. David Lynn 58.60% (111) 40-9 (36) 62.65% (141) 61.71% (38) .585 (15) 341
24. Henrik Stenson 70.98% (1) 44-4 (117) 71.18% (3) 57.23% (117) -.051 (104) 342
25. Lee Westwood 64.80% (33) 46-0 (155) 66.83% (48)  66.06% (3)  -.052 (105)  344 
26. Billy Horschel 64.84% (31) 45-1 (139) 67.53% (34) 56.34% (132) .559 (17)  353
26. Tiger Woods 61.22% (75) 48-4 (176)  67.46% (35)  60.37% (62)  .833 (5)  353
28. Nicolas Colsaerts 54.43% (156) 41-3 (42)  68.58% (20)  51.22% (178)  -.965 (183)  361 
29. Bo Van Pelt 64.01% (41) 40-3 (28) 65.56% (80) 56.99% (123) -.061 (108) 380 
30. Ryan Moore 65.32% (27) 43-10 (108) 64.11% (113) 60.67% (56) .037 (84)  388 
31. Ian Poulter 58.08% (103) 42-11(81)   60.14% (173)  63.64% (16)  .479 (25) 398
32.*Matteo Manassero 62.24% (61) 42-6 (71) 57.54% (182) 58.88% (87)  .746 (6) 407
33. Bubba Watson 56.39% (143) 41-4 (45)  70.16% (5) 53.72% (160)  .100 (73)  426 
34. Carl Pettersson 58.23% (119) 38-3 (5)  63.33% (128)  57.27% (115)  .179 (62)  429 
35. Dustin Johnson 49.80% (108) 43-0 (84) 66.98% (46) 53.27% (164)  .434 (3)  433
35. D.A. Points  61.18% (76) 41-7 (49)  62.02% (154)  59.57% (69)  .032 (85)  433 
37. Rory McIlroy  58.87% (106) 41-11 (55)  70.31% (4)  55.48% (147)  -.158 (123)  435 
38. Michael Thompson 62.12% (61)  43-3 (94)  62.70% (140)  59.22% (76)  .110 (72)  443 
39. Zach Johnson 66.14% (24)  45-8 (149)  66.05% (70)  56.00% (139)  .051 (80)  462 
40. Peter Hanson  53.57% (163) 42-6 (71)  58.73% (179)  59.13% (79)  .704 (7)  499 
41.*Thorbjorn Olesen 64.71% (34) 40-2 (27)  64.71% (96)  49.07% (183)  -.664 (172)  512 
42. Scott Piercy 56.10% (145) 40-7 (32)  64.57% (101)  53.66% (162) -.041 (101)  541 
43. Ernie Els 58.10% (122) 46-10 (165)  59.26% (178)  61.83% (37)  .027 (86) 588
44.*Gonzalo Fdez-Castano 62.86% (53) 43-10 (108)  60.83% (168)  54.61% (155) -.110 (116)  600 
45. Robert Garrigus 53.53% (164) 44-4 (103)  67.46% (35)  52.44% (172)  -.177 (128) 602 
46. Martin Kaymer  56.46% (141) 44-7 (126)  64.63% (100)  52.36% (173) -.045 (102) 642
47.* Paul Lawrie  43.75% (184) 42-0 (56)  62.50% (146) 51.85% (176) .026 (88) 650 
48.*Jamie Donaldson 62.76% (56) 55-6 (184) 50.79% (184) 56.45% (129) -.075 (110)  663
49.*Branden Grace 54.55% (156)  42-3 (79)  58.59% (181)  54.27%(158)  -.335 (181) 741 
50. Francesco Molinari  --  -- --  --  --   --
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