April 21, 2014
By Bill Cooney, PGATOUR.COM
- Matt Kuchar's chance of holing out from the greenside bunker on No. 18 were not very good. (Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
Matt Kuchar holed an amazing bunker shot on the 72nd hole to win the RBC Heritage. We'll take a look at that, his greens in regulation, Jim Furyk's crazy-good short game and more by going inside the numbers ...
1% Chances of holing out for birdie from the front greenside bunker on No. l8 at Harbour Town – which is exactly what Kuchar did en route to his victory. … Of the 552 bunker attempts from that bunker since 2003, Kuchar is just the seventh player to make birdie. That comes out to 1.26 percent of attempts finding the bottom of the hole. Of the 552 attempts, 287 made par – a 52-percent conversation rate. Another 258 attempts made bogey or worse.
7 Number of top-10 finishes for Jim Furyk in 16 starts at the RBC Heritage. … Pretty remarkable. In 16 events, Furyk owns one win, two runners-up and five other T10s including Sunday’s T7. He’s only missed the cut three times while earning more than $2.7 million. Not too shabby.
14th/better Where Kuchar has ranked in each of the past five seasons (including 2013-14) in 3-putt avoidance on the PGA TOUR. … This stat makes his three-putt from 4 feet at the 71st hole even more shocking, doesn’t it?
23 of 24 Furyk’s scrambling mark at the RBC Heritage. … This is just mind-boggling. So how good is your short game? Furyk made par or better on 23 of 24 missed greens in regulation en route to a T7 at Harbour Town. That mark is the best on TOUR since Jason Dufner had an identical percentage (95.83 percent and also 23 of 24) at the 2011 Waste Management Phoenix Open. It’s also the best mark in 10 or more attempts since Steve Stricker went 17-for-17 at the 2009 John Deere Classic.
242 Number of players since 1980 to win on TOUR while also leading the field in greens in regulation. … This now also includes Kuchar, who led the RBC Heritage field by hitting 53 of 72 greens in regulation for a 73.61 percentage.