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July 8 2013

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Inside the Numbers: The Greenbrier

Phil Mickelson hit just 22 of 36 greens in missing the cut at The Greenbrier Classic. (Trotman/Getty Images)

By Bill Cooney, PGATOUR.COM

Jonas Blixt rallied to win The Greenbrier Classic just before dusk in the West Virginia mountains on Sunday night. And no surprise, he did it with his trusty putter. Blixt finished second on the PGA TOUR in strokes gained-putting last season and is known as one of the best on TOUR, even though he ranks just xxx in SGP in 2013. We'll take a look at Blixt and more by going inside the numbers. ...

1st or 2nd  Rank for Blixt in four major putting categories at The Greenbrier Classic. … Blixt, known for his putting prowess, ranked first in putting average (1.604), one-putt percentage (54.2%) and putts per round (26). He also ranked second in strokes gained-putting (1.917), meaning he picked up nearly two shots on the field average per round.

6  Number of weeks left before the start of the FedExCup Playoffs. … The top 125 players qualify for the first event, The Barclays, Aug. 22-25, at Liberty National Golf Club in Jersey City, N.J. Among those currently on the bubble are Padraig Harrington (117), Bud Cauley (123), Tommy Gainey (127) and Louis Oosthuizen (138). Cauley, Gainey and Oosthuizen are scheduled to play in this week’s John Deere Classic.

T9  Davis Love III’s finish at The Greenbrier, his first T10 of the season on the PGA TOUR. … Love has battled various injuries in 2013. But he played well last week, tying for first in greens in regulation at 58 of 72. Perhaps the most interesting part of this slow start for Love is whether or not he’ll crack the top 100 on the money list again. Love has finished inside the top 100 for 27 straight seasons. He finished 100th last year at $989,753. He’s currently 155th at $269,477. With the shortened season, Love doesn't have much time to make a push toward that number.

61st  Blixt’s ranking in proximity to the hole at 34 feet, 10 inches at The Greenbrier. … That ranking is the worst among 2013 PGA TOUR champions. So how did Blixt do it? Well, he saved par 19 of 24 times and was T3 in scrambling for the week.

63  Age of the great Tom Watson, who tied for 38th at The Greenbrier Classic. … Watson carded a final-round 67. The oldest player in PGA TOUR history to make a cut was Sam Snead, who was 67 at the 1979 Westchester Classic. Don’t bet against Watson on breaking that record someday.

142  Mickelson’s 36-hole score, which sent him to his third missed cut of 2013. … Mickelson, who ranks fourth in FedExCup points, carded rounds of 74-68 and struggled with his ball-striking at The Greenbrier. Mickelson hit just 10 greens in Round 1 and followed that up with 12 greens in Round 2. That totals 22, or 61.11 percent, which would rank 166th on the PGA TOUR in 2013. Mickelson ranks 34th for the season at 67.44 percent.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS ARCHIVE

Week 2: Sony Open/Humana Challenge

Week 3: Humana Challenge/Farmers Insurance Open

Week 4: Farmers Insurance Open/WM Phoenix Open

Week 5: WM Phoenix Open/AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am

Week 6: AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am/Northern Trust Open

Week 7: Northern Trust Open/WGC-Accenture Match Play

Week 8: WGC-Accenture Match Play/The Honda Classic

Week 9: The Honda Classic/WGC-Cadillac Championship

Week 10: WGC-Cadillac/Tampa Bay Championship

Week 11: Tampa Bay Championship/Arnold Palmer Invitational

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 16: RBC Heritage/Zurich Classic of New Orleans

Week 17: Zurich Classic/Wells Fargo Championship

Week 18: Wells Fargo/THE PLAYERS Championship

Week 19: THE PLAYERS/HP Byron Nelson Championship

Week 20: HP Byron Nelson Championship

Week 21: Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial

Week 22: The Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide Insurance

Week 23: FedEx St. Jude Classic

Week 24: U.S. Open

Week 25: Travelers Championship

Week 26: AT&T National

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