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.
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 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
Week 26: AT&T National