August 12 2013
Adam Scott's incredible major season was quite rare. Find out why below. (Greenwood/Getty Images)
By Bill Cooney, PGATOUR.COM
Jason Dufner joined some pretty exclusive company by winning the PGA Championship after firing a 63. Only five other players have done it, and you've likely heard of all of them.
We'll take a look at Dufner's victory, a rare major championship season by Adam Scott and touch on this week's Wyndham Championship by going inside the numbers. ...
2 over Combined major championship total for Adam Scott and Jason Day. … That ranked as the lowest par total among any player throughout the four major championships this season. Scott, of course, won the Masters. He also was T3 at The Open, T5 at the PGA and finished T45 at the U.S. Open. Day was third at the Masters, T2 at the U.S. Open, T8 at the PGA and T32 at The Open.
Top 5, 3 times, in majors Scott is the first player to finish inside the top 5 in three major championships in the same season since 2008. … Padraig Harrington was the last player to accomplish this feat, having won both The Open Championship and PGA Championship that season while finishing T5 at the Masters.
5 Number of top-10 finishes by Sergio Garcia on the PGA TOUR since his victory at last season’s Wyndham Championship, which spans 15 events. … Garcia is back to defend this week at Wyndham, the final week before the FedExCup Playoffs begin. He’s also ranked No. 1 on the PGA TOUR in strokes gained-putting, picking up .918 strokes per round on the field average.
6 Number of golfers to win a major after shooting a 63. … Dufner, who just missed a putt for a record 62 on Friday, joined 24 other players who have shot 63 in a major – which has been done 26 times. Only five other players have gone on to win, though -- Tiger Woods (2007 PGA, Southern Hills), Greg Norman (1986 Open Championship, Turnberry), Raymond Floyd (1982 PGA, Southern Hills), Jack Nicklaus (1980 U.S. Open, Baltusrol) and Johnny Miller (1973 U.S. Open, Oakmont, Final round).
17th, 18th The final two holes at Oak Hill ranked as the first- and second-toughest for the week, respectively. … The 509-yard 17th played to a stroke average of 4.4152. There were only 25 birdies all week – just three in the final round. The 497-yard 18th played to a stroke average of 4.3457. There were only 34 birdies – just seven in the final round.
270 Dufner’s four-round score at Oak Hill, the best in six overall major championships at the venue. … That total was four shots better than the previous best of 274, shot by Jack Nicklaus at the 1980 PGA.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
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
Week 30: WGC-Bridgestone Invitational