INSIDE THE NUMBERS
January 27, 2014
By Bill Cooney, PGATOUR.COM
- Bubba Watson finished T23 despite ranking 69th in strokes gained-putting. (Stan Badz/PGA TOUR)
Scott Stallings picked up his third career win on the PGA TOUR at the Farmers Insurance Open behind some nifty putting. You won't believe how many times he one-putted in the final round. Pretty crazy. We'll take a look at that, Tiger Woods and more by going inside the numbers ...
-1.434 That was Bubba Watson’s strokes gained-putting for the week (three measured rounds) at Torrey Pines, which ranked 69th out of 73 players. … Watson lost nearly 1½ shots to the field average on the greens each round at the Farmers Insurance Open. Remarkably, Watson still finished T23 (buoyed by a final-round 69) due to the fact that he led the field in driving distance and tied for first after hitting 56 of 72 greens in regulation. So in theory, if Watson had putted just the field average for the week (-1.434x3 rounds=-4.302 shots), he’d have finished T7 (2 shots back of Stallings) or even T2 (1 shot back).
2.794 On the opposite side of the putting spectrum was Stallings, who led the field in strokes gained at this number. … Stallings hit just 28 of 56 fairways at Torrey Pines (T45), but gained more than 8 shots on the field average in putting for the week (three measured rounds). In the final round alone, Stallings one-putted 10 times and saved par on four of six missed greens in regulation. He also made seven putts from over 8 feet. Stallings outperformed the field average by 4.725 strokes alone on the greens in the final round. Impressive.
54 Number of players in the history of the strokes gained-putting statistic (since 2004) to lead the field in strokes gained and win the golf tournament -- including Stallings. … That comes out to 54 of 398 winners, or 13.57 percent.
73.797 Scoring average at Torrey Pines (South Course) during the Farmers Insurance Open. … That ranks as the highest average in relation to par (+1.797) this season and would have been the third-highest scoring average in relation to par last season. The only courses that would have ranked higher were Muirfield (The Open) and Merion (U.S. Open). The highest scoring average in relation to par for a non-major in 2013 was +1.318 at PGA National during The Honda Classic.
79 Tiger Woods’ third-round score at the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines. … Woods missed the secondary cut on Saturday after a shocking 7 over score. It marked Woods’ third-worst score on the PGA TOUR and his second-worst as a professional. Click here for more on Woods’ highest rounds on the PGA TOUR.