- INSIDE THE NUMBERS
- Rory McIlroy was a record 17 under on the back nine at TPC Sawgrass this week. (Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
Martin Kaymer ball-struck and scrambled his way to a title at THE PLAYERS Championship. We'll take a look at his big putt at the 17th, Rory McIlroy, Jim Furyk and more by going inside the numbers ...
8 Number of times 20-year-old Jordan Spieth has entered the final round of a TOUR event in the top five. He’s 0-for-8 in those events. … Spieth owns one victory – when he came back from ninth place to win the John Deere Classic in 2013. Spieth went an incredible 58 holes without a bogey to open THE PLAYERS before five in the final 14 holes led to a T4. “It's been a great year of putting myself in a lot of positions and having new experiences instead of having to come from behind trying to hold leads. I think that is something that it takes a little time to adapt to and hopefully I'm done trying now,” Spieth said afterward.
17 under Rory McIlroy’s total in relation to par on the back nine for the week at TPC Sawgrass. … McIlroy was also 8 over on the front nine for the week, which resulted in a T6 – his sixth top 10 in eight events on TOUR this season. McIlroy had just two bogeys all week on the back nine, whereas he carded 10 bogeys and two double bogeys on the front nine. According to Elias Sports Bureau, no golfer since 1983 has played either the front or back nine as low in relation to par as McIlroy. The previous low? Kaymer’s 13 under score this week on the front side, which likely means McIlroy and Kaymer would have made one heck of a best-ball team.
27 Number of second-place finishes in Jim Furyk’s career. … Furyk came up just short again for the second straight week. Among active players, Furyk (16 TOUR wins) is tied for fourth in career seconds with Vijay Singh (34 wins). Only Davis Love III (30 seconds, 20 wins), Tiger Woods (29 seconds, 79 wins) and Phil Mickelson (29 seconds, 42 wins) have more second-place finishes than Furyk.
28'-6" Distance of Kaymer’s clutch par putt on the 17th. … Turns out, it’s the longest par putt made on No. 17 since 2003 at THE PLAYERS. Kaymer is also the first player in the SHOTLink era to make a putt of 28 feet or more on the 71st hole en route to winning THE PLAYERS, according to Elias Sports Bureau.