INSIDE THE NUMBERS
January 15, 2014
By Bill Cooney, PGATOUR.COM
Jimmy Walker put on an incredible driving and putting display -- especially in the final round -- to win the Sony Open in Hawaii on Sunday. We'll look at that and this week's Humana Challenge in partnership with the Clinton Foundation by going inside the numbers ...
3.299 Walker’s strokes gained-putting mark in the final round at Sony. … It’s a great number, but not unusually high for one round. But when compared to the first three rounds, it’s an astronomical jump. Walker was 1.931 in Round 1, .312 in Round 2 and .069 in Round 3. For the week, Walker picked up 5.611 strokes on the field average on the greens to rank eighth in the field.
4th Walker’s rank in total driving at Sony – he led the field in distance and was T22 in accuracy after hitting 30 of 56 fairways. … This marked only the third time in Walker’s career where he has ranked inside the top 10 in total driving.
6 Number of shots Brian Gay trailed entering the final round of the Humana Challenge in partnership with the Clinton Foundation last season before rallying to win in a playoff. … Gay defeated Charles Howell III and David Lingmerth in the playoff.
14 Number of past champions in the field at this week’s Humana Challenge in partnership with the Clinton Foundation. … They include Steve Jones (1989), Peter Jacobsen (1990), Mark Brooks (1996), Jesper Parnevik (2000), Joe Durant (2001), Mike Weir (2003), Justin Leonard (2005), Chad Campbell (2006), Charley Hoffman (2007), D.J. Trahan (2008), Pat Perez (2009), Jhonattan Vegas (2011), Mark Wilson (2012) and defending champ Brian Gay.
25 yards On average, the difference in driving distance between Jimmy Walker and the field during his victory at the Sony Open. … Walker averaged a field-leading 319.5 yards per drive whereas the field averaged 294.5 yards. Walker is averaging 308.8 yards per tee shot in 2013-14, which ranks fifth on the PGA TOUR. In 2013, Walker averaged 298.5 off the tee (20th); he averaged 296.5 in 2012 (38th).