October 15 2013
By Bill Cooney, PGATOUR.COM
Jimmy Walker won for the first time on Sunday at the Frys.com Open, adding to his amazing run of success in The Golden State. Twenty-seven of Walker's 188 career starts on the PGA TOUR have produced an incredible 36.3 percent of his career earnings. We'll dive into that as well as a remarkable comparison between Vijay Singh and Tiger Woods by going inside the numbers ...
7 of 8 Before we dive into a Frys.com Open review, the hottest player in golf returns for this week’s Shriners Hospitals for Children Open at TPC Summerlin. That’s Zach Johnson, who closed the 2013 season with seven T10s in his final eight starts. He also went 3-1 for the U.S. Team at The Presidents Cup. Johnson tied for 10th here during his only start in 2008.
10 Number of consecutive one-putts registered by Scott Brown at the Frys.com Open, the best thus far in the 2013-14 season. … Brown one-putted twice (two pars) to end his first round and opened with eight one-putts (four birdies, four pars) in Round 2. Remarkably, Brown, whose only TOUR win came in Puerto Rico last season, finished just 37th for the week in strokes gained-putting. But how good was Brown’s streak of 10? It would have been the sixth best at season’s end of 2013. Tim Herron had the longest streak last season at 14 straight holes with a one-putt or better.
27 Number of career runner-up finishes for Vijay Singh, who finished just two shots back of Walker at the Frys.Com Open. … Singh has 27 seconds, 181 top 10s along with 34 wins in 521 career starts. As good as those numbers look, check out the comparisons to Tiger Woods. Woods (79 wins) has 29 seconds and 185 T10s in 309 starts. Remarkably, Woods has two more second-place finishes and four more T10s than the World Golf Hall of Famer Singh in 212 fewer starts on the PGA TOUR.
39.3 percent As you may have read Monday, Walker hit just 22 of 56 fairways at the Frys.com Open, which ranked dead last in the field among players who played four rounds. … That percentage is tied for the third-worst mark among event winners on TOUR since 1983. You can read more about that here.
84.72 percent Greens in regulation percentage for Singh at the Frys.com Open. … Singh led the field in the category (61 of 72) while finishing second, his best finish since his runner-up at the 2011 Northern Trust Open. Singh hasn’t won since 2008, when he tallied three victories. If Singh, 50, can keep playing at a high level, perhaps he can break Sam Snead’s record for oldest player to win on TOUR. Snead won the 1965 Greater Greensboro Open at age 52.
$2,981,155.67 Career earnings for Walker in the state of California. … For some reason, Walker loves some Golden State golf. After winning the Frys.com Open, he has now made 36.3 percent of his career earnings ($8.1 million) in the five California events (Frys.com Open, Humana Challenge in partnership with the Clinton Foundation, AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, Farmers Insurance Open, Northern Trust Open). And those events make up just 14.3 percent of his 188 career PGA TOUR starts.