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June 28 2013

10:49 AM

Van Pelt's putting problems persist

By Krystyna Braxton and Jessica Rangel, PGATOUR.COM

Bo Van Pelt, last year's AT&T National runner-up, completed the 2012 season with a career-best 22nd in the FedExCup standings, the third consecutive year he finished inside the top 30. 

His 10 top-10 finishes in 2012 put him in a tie for first in that catagory with Rory McIlroy. So far this season Van Pelt has had only one top-10 finish, with his best being sixth place at the Wells Fargo Championship. And he's likely headed toward a missed cut after a first-round 79 at this week's AT&T National.

So why is he not performing as well as he has been in recent years?

There are major changes in Van Pelt’s play this year to last year in the following categories: strokes gained-putting, putts per round, putts from 3 feet, 5 feet and 10 feet, and lastly, putts inside of 10 feet.

The biggest issue is strokes gained-putting. Van Pelt is losing strokes to the field average each round while last season he was gaining more than a half shot per round on the field average. So Van Pelt is losing more than 2 shots per tournament on the field average compared to last season.

His putting from inside 10 feet has also declined. In 2012 he was ranked sixth overall, making 89.30 percent of putts in this range. He now is ranked 100th, making 86.59 percent. Last year he was first in putting from 3 feet, making the putts 100 percent of the time. This year he has been missing those vital putts. He is now ranked 133rd, and is putting 98.95 percent from this distance. 

Take a closer look at his statistics this year compared to last in the chart below.

  Stroke Gained Putting 3 Putt Avoidance Putts Per Round Putting from 3' Putting from 5' Putting from 10' Putting inside 10' Putting 10'-15' Putting from - > 25' Srambling
2013 -.058 (111th) 3.25% (T93rd) 29.26 (T103rd) 98.95% (133rd) 85.71% (T36th) 33.33% (T135th) 86.59% (T100th) 21.74% (30th) 5.23% (80th) 56.44% (T120th)
2012 .577 (11th) 2.74% (T59th) 28.81 (T45th) 100.00% (1st) 87.50% (15th) 57.14% (8th) 89.30% (6th) 31.32% (68th) 4.15% (T163rd) 55.69% (130th)
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