July 1 2013
Rookie Jordan Spieth ranks eighth in the all-around ranking on the PGA TOUR. (Carr/Getty Images)
By Bill Cooney, PGATOUR.COM
Bill Haas' victory at the AT&T National was backed by some tremendous putting. Haas ranked second in strokes gained-putting on the week with the best effort of his career. We'll take a look at that and more by going inside the numbers ...
+2.496 Strokes gained-putting for Haas at the AT&T National, which ranked second in the field. … It was also Haas’ career-best tournament on the greens. His SGP mark was a personal best in a four-round event, besting the 2.048 he used to win the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola and the FedExCup in 2011. Haas also broke the +2.000 barrier (meaning he picked up two shots per round on the field average) during his victory at the 2012 Northern Trust Open at Riviera.
4.447 Strokes average for the par-4 11th hole at Congressional Country Club. … The 11th was a beast, and Haas can certainly attest. He made a triple bogey in Round 3 and a double bogey in Round 1. The 11th was the toughest non-U.S. Open hole on TOUR this season. Only the fifth, 18th and 15th at Merion ranked as more difficult.
8th Rookie Jordan Spieth’s all-around rank. … There’s a lot to like about Spieth, the 19-year-old who turned professional over the winter. But when you examine his statistics, nothing really jumps out other than the fact that he’s tied for third in total eagles with nine. He’s just solid, not spectacular. So it’s no surprise he’s high in all-around, which takes into account Scoring Leaders, Putting Leaders, Eagle Leaders, Birdie Leaders, Sand Saves, Greens in Regulation, Driving Distance and Driving Accuracy. Also, check out our 2013 Jordan Spieth vs. 1996 Tiger Woods comparison.
9th Rank for James Driscoll this season in strokes gained-putting. He's picked up .675 strokes per round on the field average. … Driscoll finished T8 at AT&T National and now has two T10s this season, which equals his career best. The difference for the former U.S. Amateur runner up (2000) is clearly his short game. Yes, Driscoll ranks ninth on TOUR this season in SGP. He was 24th in 2012 and 114th back in 2011. His scrambling has also improved. He was 112th in 2011 and 153rd in 2012. This season, he’s 41st at 60.15 percent.
25 Number of birdies by Haas at the AT&T National, which led the field and was 16 more than the field average of nine. D.H. Lee was second with 21. … Perhaps surprisingly, 25 is the most birdies Haas has tallied in a four-round TOUR event. He had 24 at the 2008 Frys.com Open. Haas is 67th on TOUR in total birdies with 189. Billy Horschel leads that category with 284 total birdies.
71.43 percent Incredible percentage of putts Haas made from 10 to 20 feet at the AT&T National. Haas made an astounding 10 of 14 putts over the course of four rounds … For comparison, the average player in the field made 25.59 percent from 10 to 20 feet and an average of 4.5 putts. Haas canned 10. From 15 to 20 feet, Haas made 3 of 4 putts on the week, the best percentage on TOUR since Lee Westwood made 80 percent of his putts (4 of 5) from 15 to 20 feet at the Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by MasterCard.
200 feet, 11 inches Total distance in putts made by D.H. Lee in the final round of the AT&T National. … If that sounds impressive, it is. Lee is the first player this season to crack 200 feet in a single round. It helped him card a tournament-low tying 64 in the final round and move to T3, which was a career-best finish. The ShotLink record for the most feet of putts made in a round is 240 feet, 4 inches by Brent Geiberger in the first round of the 2006 Booz Allen.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS ARCHIVE
Week 2: Sony Open/Humana Challenge
Week 10: WGC-Cadillac/Tampa Bay Championship
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 18: Wells Fargo/THE PLAYERS Championship
Week 20: HP Byron Nelson Championship
Week 23: FedEx St. Jude Classic
Week 24: U.S. Open
Week 25: Travelers Championship