September 3 2013
By Bill Cooney, PGATOUR.COM
Henrik Stenson hit a career-best 61 greens in regulation en route to winning the Deutsche Bank Championship. But he also made par or better on nine of those missed greens -- a key to his victory. We'll take a look at that, Tiger Woods' putting struggles, Brendon de Jonge's amazing scrambling, Rory McIlroy's struggles and more by going inside the numbers ...
-.932 Strokes gained-putting for Woods at the Deutsche Bank, which ranked 70th in the field. … Get this: It's Woods' fifth-worst strokes gained-putting performance of his career in a four-round event during the ShotLink era, which goes back to 2004 for SGP. Essentially, Woods lost nearly 1 full stroke to the field average per round on the greens at TPC Boston. That would qualify as a pretty big reason why he finished T65. It's also Woods' second-worst SGP of the season. He was -1.19 at the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide Insurance, the second-worst SGP putting of his career en route to a T65. His all-time worst putting performance by SGP was at the 2010 World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational (-1.672), where he placed 78th.
1 Number of greenside bunkers Stenson hit into all week at TPC Boston. … Maybe this is why Stenson only won by 2 shots. The only bunker he found near a green came on the 71st hole on Monday, where he holed out for a birdie and sealed his third career PGA TOUR victory. For the week, Stenson – who missed just 11 greens to lead the field – got up-and-down successfully on nine of 11 missed greens. That tied him for sixth in scrambling.
3 Number of eagles made by Jordan Spieth at Deutsche Bank. … Spieth, who eagled the 72nd hole to card a final-round 62 for a T4, continues to bank eagles this season. He’s now tallied 13, which is second on the PGA TOUR. Only Chris Kirk is higher with 15, but Kirk has played in 85 rounds compared to Spieth’s 74. Pretty impressive for a 20-year-old rookie.
17 of 18 Scrambling mark for Jonge at TPC Boston, which led the field at an amazing 94.44 percent conversation rate. … De Jonge finished T9 and is 26th in FedExCup points. His scrambling mark at the Deutsche Bank is the best this season in a single event. It’s also the best scrambling mark on TOUR since Daniel Summerhays made par or better an amazing 20 of 21 times on missed greens for a 95.24-percent conversation rate at last season’s Greenbrier Classic. De Jonge entered Deutsche Bank ranked 22nd on TOUR in scrambling at 61.68 percent. He’s now ranked 16th.
23 Number of birdies for McIlroy at the Deutsche Bank, which tied for fourth in the field. … Making birdies wasn’t an issue for McIlroy, who tied for 47th place. It was avoiding big numbers. For the week, McIlroy -- who ranked 72nd in greens in regulation and 52nd in strokes gained-putting for the week -- made four double bogeys, including two on the back nine during his final round. He only made eight bogeys, just three combined in Rounds 2, 3 and 4. But four doubles? That’s hard to overcome. If McIlroy pars three of those holes, he ties for 16th, if he makes four pars he ties for ninth. The difference between T9 and T47 is 255 FedExCup points, which would have moved McIlroy well inside the top 30 who qualify for the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola. Instead he has some work to do, ranking 41st.
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
Week 31: PGA Championship
Week 32: Wyndham Championship
Week 33: The Barclays