INSIDE THE NUMBERS
March 03, 2014
By Bill Cooney, PGATOUR.COM
- Russell Henley led The Honda Classic on back-nine scoring. (Franklin/Getty Images)
Russell Henley played lights-out on the back nine at PGA National and it went a long way in helping him win The Honda Classic. We'll take a look at Henley and more by going inside the numbers. ...
1.797 Strokes over par for the field in the final round at PGA National, which produced a final-round scoring average of 71.797. … That’s the highest final-round scoring average this season on the PGA TOUR. Last season, PGA National played to a stroke average of 73.707 in the final round.
4 Number of players under the age of 25 with multiple PGA TOUR victories. … This includes Rory McIlroy (6), Harris English (2), Patrick Reed (2) and Henley.
8 under Henley’s score relative to par on the back nine for the week at PGA National. … If that sounds ridiculously good, it is. That led the field by two shots, and included 1 eagle, 12 birdies, 1 double bogey and 4 bogeys. It also matched Rory McIlroy’s 2012 total on the back nine for the lowest back-nine score at PGA National since 2007. Also, Henley played the difficult Bear Trap (Holes 15, 16, 17) at even par for the week.
14 Consecutive sand saves from the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open to the Sony Open in Hawaii for Chris Kirk. … Kirk made 14 straight saves from the sand over that stretch, which set the standard this season. In fact, Kirk’s streak would have ranked first for the entire season of 2013. It’s also the most since Jonas Blixt registered 16 straight sand saves at one point in 2012.
165 Number of consecutive holes Bubba Watson has gone without a three-putt, which is the longest active streak on the PGA TOUR. … Watson has improved in the putting department so far this season. He ranks 48th in strokes gained-putting, which is a vast improvement from last season’s rank of 119th. For the record, Jason Bohn holds the longest streak without a three-putt this season at 338.
193,052 Number of fans who attended The Honda Classic, which set a record. … The total marks a 14.3 percent increase from last season, when 168,900 attended the tournament. Attendance was 161,700 in 2012, 111,950 in 2011 and 101,200 in 2010. The PGA TOUR attendance mark was set at this year’s Waste Management Open, with 563,008 fans.