Plus the Aussie's superb scrambling and Funk's uncanny accuracy off the tee
- Fred Funk led the field in driving accuracy at the Valero Texas Open. (Stan Badz/PGA TOUR)
Steven Bowditch struggled with his irons at the Valero Texas Open this week, but his wedge game led him to his first PGA TOUR victory. We'll take a look at that and more by going inside the numbers ...
1st Fred Funk, 57, ranked first in the field in driving accuracy at Valero, hitting 43 of 56 fairways for a rate of 76.79 percent en route to a T69. … Funk played his eighth TOUR event of the season (he’s played in four Champions Tour events, too) and currently leads the TOUR in driving accuracy at 76.53 percent – no surprise considering he’s one of the straightest hitters in TOUR history. From 1999 to 2007, Funk ranked in the top 3 in driving accuracy on TOUR.
18 Number of greens in regulation in Bowditch hit in the final two rounds combined at TPC San Antonio. … Bowditch became just the T14th player to win a TOUR event while hitting 18 or fewer greens in regulation in the final two rounds (in four-round events since 1983).
20 of 28 Scrambling percentage for Bowditch, which ranked 11th in the field. … While Bowditch wasn’t the sharpest with his irons he made up for it with his short game. The 20 saves included a pair of chip-ins to open his third round on Saturday. Bowditch made par or better on nine of 10 missed greens on Saturday and four of eight missed greens on Sunday.
21 Number of players since 2004 who have won while losing strokes to the field on the greens. … Bowditch finished Valero with -.606 strokes gained-putting, which ranked 64th for the week. Overall, Bowditch lost 2.423 shots to the field average on the greens – and still claimed his first victory. For the season, Bowditch ranks 145th in strokes gained-putting at -.408.
54 of 72 Cameron Tringale’s greens in regulation at TPC San Antonio, which led the field. … What’s most interesting about this stat is that the next highest was 49 greens hit by a number of players. Tringale hit five more greens than any player in the tournament, but finished T46.
76 Final-round score for Bowditch. … That’s the highest final round by a winner on the PGA TOUR since Vijay Singh carded a 76 to win the 2004 PGA Championship at Whistling Straits. It’s the highest final-round score in a non-major since Fred Couples won the 1983 Kemper Open with a score of 77.