By Bill Cooney, PGATOUR.COM
Let's look at a curious contrast in Bubba Watson's putting stats, the top-10 finish leader and more by going inside the numbers ...
1st vs. 162nd Bubba Watson ranks No. 1 on TOUR in putts from 15 to 20 feet (7 of 14), but 162nd on putts from 5 to 15 feet (22 of 61). ... Watson missed a 5-footer that would have sent the Waste Management Phoenix Open to a playoff with Kevin Stadler. But it’s amazing how good Watson has been from medium range and how bad he’s been on the shorter ones, holing just 36 percent of putts from 5 to 15 feet in 2013-14. The good news for Bubba? He’s certainly moving in the right direction on the greens. From 15-20 feet, he ranked 156th on TOUR in 2013. He’s also up from 119th to 95th in overall strokes gained-putting.
5 Number of top-10 finishes in 2013-14 for Charles Howell III, which leads the PGA TOUR. … A little bit of a surprise, right? You were probably thinking Webb Simpson, Zach Johnson or Harris English. But it is Howell, who is 12th in the FedExCup standings because he hasn’t finished higher than fifth in nine events. Howell’s scrambling has propelled him, too. He’s missed 162 greens, but made par or better on 112 of those holes to rank fifth on TOUR at 69.14 percent.
9 Number of father-son champions in PGA TOUR history, a list in which Kevin and Craig Stadler joined via Kevin’s win on Sunday. … The other eight are Tom Morris Sr. (1861 British Open) and Tom Morris Jr. (1868 British Open), Willie Park Sr. (1860 British Open) and Willie Park Jr. (1887 British Open), Joe Kirkwood Sr. (1923 California Open) and Joe Kirkwood Jr. (1949 Philadelphia Inquirer Open), Jack Burke Sr. (1925 Texas PGA Championship) and Jack Burke Jr. (1950 Rio Grande Valley Open), Clayton Heafner (1941 Mahoning Valley Open) and Vance Heafner (1981 Walt Disney World National Team Championship), Julius Boros (1952 U.S. Open) and Guy Boros (1996 Greater Vancouver Open), Al Geiberger (1962 Ontario Open) and Brent Geiberger (1999 Canon Greater Hartford Open), and Jay Haas (1978 San Diego Open Invitational) and Bill Haas (2010 Bob Hope Classic).
12 The number of strokes Kevin Stadler finished behind Phil Mickelson at the 2013 WM Phoenix Open despite finishing at the same score he did to win in 2014. … That’s right. Stadler finished at 16 under to win on Sunday, as he did in 2013 when Mickelson won at 28 under.
22 of 28 Scrambling at the WM Phoenix for Chris Stroud and Bryce Molder, who tied for first in the category with Charles Howell III (11 of 14) at 78.57 percent. … Even the best players in the world can prosper without having their best weeks. Stroud and Molder each hit just 44 of 72 greens in regulation (T67), but still managed to place T19 and T29, respectively. Not bad.