By Bill Cooney, PGATOUR.COM
Webb Simpson took home his fourth career victory at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open with an impressive showing on the greens. Simpson picked up nearly 10 shots on the field average and had one of the best strokes gained-putting performances of the 2013 calendar year. We'll look at this more and take a peek at this week's CIMB Classic by going inside the numbers ...
0 Number of players to record top-10 finishes in both the Frys.com Open and the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open. … Seems rather strange that no player would open with a pair of T10s. Jimmy Walker came close, but the Frys.com Open champion missed another T10 by a shot, carding a T12 in Las Vegas. In 2013, Matt Kuchar opened the season with a T9 at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions and a T5 at the Sony Open in Hawaii.
2 Number of brother-sister pairs to win on the PGA TOUR and LPGA Tour. Cathy (Kratzert) Gerring won three times on the LPGA Tour in 1990. Her brother Bill Kratzert owns three official PGA TOUR victories. Jackie Gallagher, Jr. won five TOUR events, and his sister Jackie Gallagher won an LPGA event in 1999. … This week, Nicholas Thompson could not only join that list with sister Lexi, but become the first brother-sister combo to win in the same year in Malaysia. Not only that, they could win on the same golf course – Lexi having won at Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club a few weeks ago.
9.822 Total strokes gained-putting for Simpson at Shriners. … That led the field, meaning Simpson gained nearly 10 shots on the field average for the week. Think about it this way: In theory, if Simpson would have putted the field average for the week, he would have finished T9. Simpson’s SGP number was also the second-best by a winner in 2013 – only Bill Haas’ 9.983 at the AT&T National was better.
13 Number of players in the field at this week’s CIMB Classic who advanced to last season’s TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola. … Some big names will play in Malaysia beginning Wednesday evening (Eastern Time). Eighteen players are in the top 50 in the Official World Golf Ranking: Phil Mickelson, Keegan Bradley, Sergio Garcia, Ernie Els, Bubba Watson, Nick Watney, Bill Haas, Hideki Matsuyama, Graham DeLaet, Rickie Fowler, David Lynn, Jonas Blixt, Billy Horschel, Kevin Streelman, Bo Van Pelt, Jimmy Walker, Ryan Moore and Boo Weekley. Among those advancing to the TOUR Championship: DeLaet, Mickelson, Watney, Horschel, Bradley, Roberto Castro, Garcia, Gary Woodland, Haas, Streelman, Brendon de Jonge, Weekley and D.A. Points.
62 Number of greens in regulation for Simpson in Las Vegas. … It’s the second-most greens hit by a winner in the 2013 calendar year. Only Phil Mickelson hit more -- connecting on 63 of 72 at the Waste Management Phoenix Open.
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