April 28, 2014
By Bill Cooney, PGATOUR.COM
- Seung-Yul Noh ranks No. 1 on the PGA TOUR in bounce back. (Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
Seung-Yul Noh ranked in the top five in four major statistical categories in winning the Zurich Classic of New Orleans. But his bounce-back rate was just as impressive on the back nine. We'll take a look at that and more by going inside the numbers ...
1st Noh’s rank on TOUR this season in bounce back. … At 30.77 percent, the Zurich Classic winner ranks first in making birdie or better on the hole following a bogey or worse. Not surprisingly, Noh did this twice on the back nine en route to winning on Sunday. He bogeyed the 12th and birdied the 13th. And he three-putted the 15th for bogey before stuffing it tight to birdie the par-3 16th, which basically sealed his victory.
5 Number of Korean-born players to win on the PGA TOUR. … Noh joins joining K.J. Choi (8 wins), Y.E. Yang (2), Kevin Na (1) and Sang-Moon Bae (1). Of course, only Yang holds a major championship (2009 PGA Championship) while Choi won THE PLAYERS Championship in 2011.
9 of 828 That’s Freddie Jacobson’s three-putt avoidance this season. … That comes out to a 1.09 percentage for three-putts in 828 holes! Check this out. If you averaged one three-putt every round of golf, your percentage would be 5.55 percent – a percentage I’m sure many of you would take. So Jacobson averages roughly one three-putt every 92 holes or one three-putt every five or so rounds of golf.
29 of 29 Wes Roach’s greens in regulation mark from less than 125 yards at Zurich. … Roach was the only player to hit every green from that distance last week, despite finishing T62. It is the 61st time a player has hit every green in regulation from that distance at an event this season. #theseguysaregood
46 percent Percentage of wins on TOUR this season by players in their 20s. … Pretty remarkable that 11 of 24 champions haven’t hit age 30. That’s also the highest win percentage by players in their 20s on TOUR since the 2000 season (22 of 49, 45 percent). Of course, Tiger Woods accounted for nine of those 22 wins.
87.50 percent Greens in regulation percentage for Graham DeLaet at TPC Louisiana, which led the field. DeLaet missed just nine greens all week en route to a T29 finish. … That’s the best greens in regulation mark at a single event since Chad Campbell hit 65 of 72 greens (90.28 percent) at the Humana Challenge in partnership with the Clinton Foundation.
193rd Noh’s rank on TOUR in driving accuracy; his mark comes in at 52.74 percent. … Noh isn’t exactly laser-like off the tee. He’s hit just 375 of 711 possible fairways this season – finding the short grass just 57.14 percent of the time (32 of 56) at TPC Louisiana. Of course, Noh also ranked in the top five in greens hit, driving distance, scrambling and proximity to the hole at Zurich.