October 14 2013
By PGATOUR.COM staff
Jimmy Walker put himself on a number of lists when he won the Frys.com Open – PGA TOUR champions, FedExCup leaders, 2014 Hyundai Tournament of Champions qualifiers – but also found himself on a slightly less illustrious list: Least accurate drivers among TOUR champions.
Walker hit just 22 of 56 fairways this week (39.3 percent) to finish dead last in the field among those who played four rounds. That number is tied for the third worst percentage for an event winner since 1983. It's not all bad, though. Walker joins Tiger Woods on this list and left CordeValle with his first title, more than two years of job security and the lead in the FedExCup race.
Here’s a look at the top 5:
|Year||Tournament||Player||Percentage||Fairways hit||No. of Fairways|
|1988||Anheuser-Busch Golf Classic||Tom Sieckmann||33.9%||19||56|
|1989||Shearson Lehman Hutton Open||Greg Twiggs||37.5%||21||56|
|2013||Frys.com Open||Jimmy Walker||39.3%||22||56|
|2005||WGC.American Express||Tiger Woods||39.3%||22||56|
|2012||Sony Open in Hawaii||Johnson Wagner||41.1%||23||56|
Walker made up for the driving inaccuracies by hitting 24 of 34 greens (70.6 percent) when he missed the fairway and leading the field in strokes gained-putting (+3.07), Total distance of putts made (446 ft.) and putts made from outside 10 feet (14).