May 12, 2014
- Rory McIlroy was 17 under on the back nine this week, the best mark since 1983. (Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
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-- During his victory at THE PLAYERS Championship this week, Martin Kaymer played the par 3, par 4 and par 5 holes 3 under, 2 under and 8 under to par respectively. Only two other players, over the past 15 years at THE PLAYERS, have been able to post numbers as well as Kaymer did this week. In 2010, Lucas Glover played the par 3 holes 3 under, the par 4s 2 under and the par 5s 9 under. And in 2003, Davis Love III played the par 3s, 4s, and 5s 3, 4 and 10 under par respectively.
-- Martin Kaymer, playing his 71st hole of THE PLAYERS Championship, sank an incredible putt from 28 feet 6 inches for par to preserve his one-shot victory. Kaymer is the first player in the SHOTLink era to make a putt from 28 feet or greater on his 71st hole of play and win the event by a stroke.
-- Martin Kaymer found himself in 10 greenside bunkers during this week’s PLAYERS Championship. Kaymer was able to average 5 feet 11 inches to the pin on his sand shots, enabling him to have successful saves on seven of those bunkers. In the SHOTLink era, no other player has had a better average to the hole when finding at least as many bunkers as Kaymer did this week.
-- Rory McIlroy played TPC Sawgrass’s back nine holes to a cumulative score of 17 under par during this week’s PLAYERS Championship. Since 1983, no golfer has played either the front or back nine as low in relation to par as McIlroy did this week. The previous low was 13 under par, accomplished this week by winner Martin Kaymer on the front nine, and on the back nine by Ryan Moore in 2010 and Greg Norman in 1994.
-- McIlroy recorded a hole-out from 28 feet on TPC Sawgrass’s 10th hole during the final round of THE PLAYERS Championship today. It was McIlroy’s third hole-out for the week, the most he’s ever had in a PGA TOUR event. McIlroy’s previous high was two, coming most recently at the 2013 Deutsche Bank Championship.