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August 5 2013

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Inside the Numbers: Bridgestone

Rory McIlroy ranks 171st on the PGA TOUR in scrambling. He was 33rd last season.
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By Bill Cooney, PGATOUR.COM staff

Tiger Woods' seven-shot victory at the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational was astounding on several fronts, starting with Woods' near 43-percent winning percentage at WGC events. We'll check out plenty on Woods and take a look at the upcoming PGA Championship by going inside the numbers ...

4  Number of PGA Championships won by Woods, one of the favorites this week at Oak Hill. … With a victory, Tiger can join Walter Hagen (1921, ’24, ’25, ’26, ‘27) and Jack Nicklaus (1963, ’71, ’73, ’75, ‘80) as those player with the most PGA wins at 5. For the record, Woods tied for 39th in the 2003 PGA at Oak Hill.

10  Number of seasons Woods has accumulated at least five victories. … This is the most in PGA TOUR history. Sam Snead is second with eight, followed by Ben Hogan (7), Jack Nicklaus (7), Arnold Palmer (4) and Tom Watson (4).

25 feet, 8 inches  Proximity to the hole average for Woods, which was tops in the field. … This marked the fourth time in Woods’ career where he led the field in proximity and won the event. His mark at Bridgestone was also his career best during a four-round event in the ShotLink era.

42.85 percent  Woods won his 18th World Golf Championship on Sunday in 42 tournaments. That’s a 42.85 percent conversion rate. Enough said.

52.77 percent  Scrambling percentage this season for Rory McIlroy, which ranks 171st on the PGA TOUR. … Plenty has been made about McIlroy switching equipment companies and struggling with his swing. But his biggest problem is getting up and down around the greens. Last season, McIlroy ranked 33rd in scrambling at 60.24 percent. That’s nearly an 8 percent drop-off just in one season. 

178th  Jason Dufner’s rank in 2013 for putts inside 5 feet and putts from 3 to 5 feet. … Dufner’s putting from short distance has never been his strong suit. In 2012, he ranked 110th on putts inside 5 feet and 121st on putts from 3 to 5 feet. But this season those putts are really killing Dufner. This season, he’s 130 of 162 on putts from 3 to 5 feet. That ranks 178th out of 190 players in the category. He missed four putts inside 5 feet at the Bridgestone. If he makes three of those, he’s got solo second wrapped up and nearly 200 more FedExCup points.

$108,609,819  Career earnings for Woods, which is by far No. 1. Phil Mickelson is second with $72,586,675. … Woods’ earnings is also $100 million more than the combined career earnings for Jack Nicklaus ($5,734,031) and Arnold Palmer ($1,861,857).

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

Week 27: The Greenbrier Classic

Week 28: John Deere Classic

Week 29: The Open Championship

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