INSIDE THE NUMBERS
February 24, 2014
By Bill Cooney, PGATOUR.COM
- Jason Day owns 32 career top-10 finishes in 139 starts on the PGA TOUR. (Greenwood/Getty Images)
Jason Day earned just his second victory on the PGA TOUR at the World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship on Sunday. His consistency of top-10 finishes, though, is even more impressive than his number of wins. We'll look at that and preview The Honda Classic by going inside the numbers. ...
1 Only one player has successfully defended their title at The Honda Classic. That’s Jack Nicklaus. … Nicklaus won the event in 1977 and ’78. Michael Thompson, who owns three top-20 finishes in 2014, looks to join him this week.
2 Number of Americans to win The Honda Classic since 2005. … The Honda has been dominated by International players in recent years, with victories by Padraig Harrington (2005), Luke Donald (2006), Ernie Els (2008), Y.E. Yang (2009), Camilo Villegas (2010), Rory Sabbatini (2011) and Rory McIlroy (2012). Thompson (last year) and Mark Wilson (2005) are the only Americans winners since 2005.
8 Number of players in the top 10 in the world ranking participating in The Honda Classic this week. … A great field will be on hand at PGA National, highlighted by Tiger Woods, Adam Scott, Henrik Stenson, Phil Mickelson, Justin Rose, Zach Johnson, Rory McIlroy and Sergio Garcia.
23.02 percent That’s how often Jason Day has finished in the top 10 during PGA TOUR events. … Day owns 32 top-10 finishes – including two victories after his WGC-Accenture Match Play win and six second-place finishes – in 139 PGA TOUR starts. That percentage stacks up quite nicely next to the likes of Steve Stricker (23.4 percent) or Zach Johnson (20.5 percent). Tiger Woods (59.6 percent), Phil Mickelson (35 percent) and Ernie Els (33.6 percent) are players with records Day is undoubtedly shooting for.
71.318 Scoring average in 2013 at PGA National, which made the par-70 layout the toughest non-major course on the PGA TOUR. … Furthermore, the 508-yard par-4 10th hole ranked as the ninth-toughest on TOUR last season with an average of 4.403, making it the second-toughest non-major hole on TOUR. Only the 489-yard 11th hole at Congressional (AT&T National) ranked harder at 4.447.