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August 6 2013

8:17 AM

Scrambling, proximity hurting McIlroy

Rory McIlroy tied for fifth on the PGA TOUR in proximity to the hole in 2012. He's 133rd this season.
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By Krystyna Braxton, PGATOUR.COM

"I keep saying my game doesn't feel too far away. It's obviously not where I want it to be, but it's not a million miles away."

Those were the words of Rory McIlroy last week after he finished the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational. No doubt, it's been a tough season for McIlroy. But two stats jump out when analyzing his 2013 vs. 2012. Proximity to the hole and scrambling.

In the past year McIlroy's golf game has seen good times and bad times. Last year (2012), he had a four-win season that included the PGA Championship. In the past few months, McIlory has not been playing like a major champion -- his finishes at major championships can attest to that. Most recently at The Open Championship McIlroy failed to make the cut. Prior to that, at the Masters he tied for 25th place and then tied for 41st at the U.S. Open.

McIlroy heads to Oak Hill this week as defending champion. Last year at Kiawah Island he earned his victory by 8 shots. McIlroy will need to have a good first round focusing on his driving and staying composed through the week so he can redeem himself and remain the title holder of the PGA Championship.

McIlroy tees off in the opening round at Oak Hill, Thursday, with the former champions Martin Kaymer (2010) and Vijay Singh (1998) at 1:25 p.m. ET

Below you will find different statistics from his 2013 and 2012 seasons. Looking at the statistics and where he placed in the field is interesting. In 2013, in the proximity to the hole category, McIlroy performed significally different than he did last year, placing 133rd, yet in 2012 he tied for fifth. Lastly, in scrambling this year he placed 171st in 2012 he placed 33rd.

 

Rory McIlroy's stats 2013 2012
Total Driving 154 (T38) 161 (T54)
Greens in Regulation 66.52% (59) 66.36% (60)
Proximity to the Hole 35-9 (133) 33-0 (T5)
Scrambling 52.77% (171) 60.24% (33)
Strokes Gained Putting -.071 (117) .087 (82)
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