Rory McIlroy ranks 171st on the PGA TOUR in scrambling. He was 33rd last season.
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 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
Week 28: John Deere Classic
Week 29: The Open Championship