Inside the Numbers: Senden's streaks
March 17, 2014
By Bill Cooney, PGATOUR.COM
- John Senden went 7 years, 8 months between wins, still well shy of the longest gap in TOUR history. (Getty Images)
John Senden earned his second career victory at the Valspar Championship and first since 2006. It may seem like a big gap, but it's not anywhere close to the longest stretch between wins on TOUR. We'll look at that and more by going inside the numbers. ...
-8 John Senden’s score in relation to par in the final two rounds at Valspar. … Senden opened at 1 over after 36 holes and was tied for 35th place, 8 shots back of 36-hole leader Robert Garrigus. Then he played the final 36 in 8 under, buoyed by making 12 birdies and six putts from 10 feet or farther.
2 Final-round birdies for John Senden at The Snake Pit – Copperhead’s 16, 17 and 18 – en route to victory. … Senden is the first winner at Valspar to play the final three holes in 2 under in the final round since John Huston in 2000.
4 With a T4 at Valspar, Luke Donald now has four consecutive top-six finishes on the Copperhead Course. … Horses for courses, apparently. Donald won in 2012, was sixth in 2010 and fourth in 2013. He did not play in 2011.
7 1/2 years Gap between Senden’s two PGA TOUR victories, 7 years, 8 months to be exact. … Senden won the 2006 John Deere Classic. One would think it would have to rank up there with the biggest gaps between wins in TOUR history. Not so fast. Robert Gamez holds that distinction, having gone 15 years, 6 months between winning the 1990 Nestle Invitational and the 2005 Valero Texas Open. Next is Butch Baird at 15 years, 5 months, between 1961 and 1976.
16th Senden’s rank in strokes gained-putting at Valspar, where he finished with a mark of .967. … That may not seem like much, but it’s pretty good when you consider Senden has ranked inside the top 70 in SGP on TOUR just once since 2009. He currently ranks 10th through the Valspar Championship.
237 Consecutive holes Bubba Watson has gone without a three-putt. … That’s a current streak and one that will be on the line when he tees it up at this week’s Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill. It’s currently the longest streak on TOUR. Dustin Johnson owns the second-longest streak at 217.