November 13 2013
By Bill Cooney, PGATOUR.COM
We're only five events into the 2013-14 season but already some interesting trends are forming. Vijay Singh's scrambling has improved, Boo Weekley has missed just 37 fairways in three events and Troy Matteson already has tied a leading mark from the 2013 season with consecutive holes under par. But perhaps most interesting is Tim Clark's streak of runner-up finishes. Let's dive deeper by going inside the numbers ...
7 Number of consecutive holes under par by Matteson, who birdied seven straight holes in the final round of the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open. … Matteson has opened 2013-14 with two of three cuts made, including his T5 at Shriners. His streak of seven consecutive holes under par is the best mark on TOUR this season and would be tied for first at season-end in 2013 with Russell Henley and Brandt Snedeker.
9 Consecutive par 5s birdied by Webb Simpson from the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open through the first two rounds of The McGladrey Classic. … Nine straight is a TOUR high for the 2013-14 season. The best in the 2013 season was 12 straight birdies on par 5s by Keegan Bradley. Simpson’s run ended with a double-bogey 7 in the third round at Sea Island Golf Club.
10 Consecutive seasons in which Clark owns a second-place finish on the PGA TOUR. … Clark tied for second at The McGladrey, his 12th runner-up in his career. Clark’s only win came at THE PLAYERS Championship in 2010. He also owns 51 career top-10 finishes in 267 starts, which helps explain his career earnings of $21.2 million.
10 Number of major champions in the field at this week’s OHL Classic at Mayakoba. … Count them: Mark Calcavecchia (1989 British), Darren Clarke (2011 British), Ben Curtis (2003 British), David Duval (2001 British), Lucas Glover (2009 U.S. Open), Trevor Immelman (2008 Masters), Justin Leonard (1997 British), Davis Love (1997 PGA), Mike Weir (2003 Masters), Y.E. Yang (2009 PGA).
20 of 26 Scrambling for Singh during the 2013-14 season, which includes eight rounds. … That ranks No. 1 on TOUR at 76.92 percent with a minimum of eight rounds played (where ShotLink was used). Singh finished second at the Frys.com Open and had a T23 at Shriners before missing the cut at The McGladrey last week. Singh’s conversation rate is a big step in the right direction after he struggled during the 2013 season with a rate of 57.23 percent to rank 103rd on the PGA TOUR.
62 Number of drives in the 2013-14 season that have traveled 350 yards or more. … Granted we’ve played two venues that usually produce some big drives (Frys.com Open, CordeValle and Shriners Hospitals for Children Open, TPC Summerlin), but 62 drives of at least 350 yards sure seems like a lot. Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano currently sits in the top spot with a drive of 395 yards at the World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions. For some perspective, there were 817 drives of at least 350 yards during the entire 2013 season and more than a 1,000 during 2012. But this season, there were 40 drives of at least 350 yards at Frys.com compared to 24 for the last three tournaments combined. At Shriners, there were 15 drives of 350-plus compared to 20 in 2012, 12 in 2011 and 4 in 2010.
77.98 percent Driving accuracy for Weekley during the 2013-14 season, having hit 131 of a possible 168 fairways in the his three events. … Not a bad start for Weekley – he’s finished T33, T11 and T22 – off the tee. He finished 28th in driving accuracy during the 2013 season at 66.36 percent. Weekley is also ahead of the pace of 2013 season-end leader Jerry Kelly’s 71.81 percent. But it’s early, of course.