July 15 2013
Greg Norman owns the all-time record for lowest 72-hole total (267) at The Open Championship, which came
at Royal St. George's in 1993. Norman carded rounds of 66-68-69-64. (Cannon/Getty Images)
By Bill Cooney, PGATOUR.COM
Jordan Spieth became the fourth-youngest player to win on the PGA TOUR at the John Deere Classic on Sunday. He's already registered six top 10s in 16 events this season. How does he do it? We'll take a look at that and offer some tidbits on this week's Open Championship at Muirfield by going inside the numbers ...
3rd All-around ranking for Spieth. … Pretty ridiculous for a 19-year-old, right? As we’ve talked about in this space before, Spieth really doesn’t do anything spectacular. He’s just solid in nearly every category. The all-around ranking computes players based on Scoring Leaders, Putting Leaders, Eagle Leaders, Birdie Leaders, Sand Saves, Greens in Regulation, Driving Distance and Driving Accuracy. Only Tiger Woods and Justin Rose rank higher this season.
9th Spieth’s ranking in total driving on TOUR. … Here’s one thing Spieth does do well: Driving the golf ball. Unlike many of the young guns in the game, Spieth isn’t a power player. He’s more control and finesse. He’s averaging 290.4 yards off the tee (77th) and hitting 67.78 percent of his fairways (20th). Add the rankings to get 97 and that’s his total driving number. Other players in the top 10 include No. 1 Justin Rose (41), No. 2 Graham DeLaet (49), No. 3 Keegan Bradley (72), No. 4 Henrik Stenson (74) and co-No. 7s Boo Weekley and Hunter Mahan (94) – some pretty nice company when it comes to ball-striking.
16 Number of top-five finishes at the British Open for Jack Nicklaus and J.H. Taylor. … That ranks first all time. Harry Vardon and James Braid are next on the list with 15 top-five finishes each. Some perspective? Woods owns six top-five finishes at the British.
49 of 56 Fairways hit by Jerry Kelly at the John Deere, which ranked first in the field at 87.50 percent. … Kelly certainly isn’t the longest hitter -- he ranks 186th on TOUR in distance at 273.9 -- but he’s one of the most accurate. Kelly is fifth on TOUR in accuracy at 70.43 percent, and that accuracy helped him to a T4 – his second top-5 finish of 2013. Kelly finished 126th on the money list last season and is using a one-time top-25 career money list exemption. It’s certainly working for him in 2013; he ranks 71st in FedExCup points.
64 Lowest final-round shot by a British Open champion. … It came at the 1993 British by champion Greg Norman at Royal St George’s. Norman also holds the record for lowest 72-hole total in a British at 267, which also came in ’93. The following players carded final-round 65s en route to winning: Tom Watson, Turnberry, 1977; Seve Ballesteros, Royal Lytham & St Annes, 1988; Justin Leonard, Royal Troon, 1997.
68 Lowest final round by a champion at Muirfield, which came from Gary Player in 1959. … Player won nine career major championships, the first coming in ’59. He also won the British in ’68 and ’74.
69.397 Course average for TPC Deere Run during the John Deere. … That’s ranks 28th out of 33 courses played on TOUR this season, making TPC Deere Run the sixth easiest to-date. That’s pretty similar to recent seasons. TPC Deere Run was the eighth-easiest course in 2012, the 12th easiest in 2011 and the 10th easiest in 2010.
338.1 Driving distance average for Gary Woodland at the John Deere, which led the field by more than 10 yards. … That’s the longest driving distance average at a PGA TOUR event since Bubba Watson averaged a whopping 348.6 at the 2012 World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational. Woodland, who finished T48 at TPC Deere Run, is second on TOUR in driving distance this season at 305.7. Nicolas Colsaerts leads at 306.6.
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
Week 27: The Greenbrier Classic