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    Inside the Numbers: Scott's putting examined

  • Adam Scott ranks 18th on TOUR in strokes gained-putting, his best since switching to a long putter. (Tom Pennington/Getty Images) Adam Scott ranks 18th on TOUR in strokes gained-putting, his best since switching to a long putter. (Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

Adam Scott owns one of the best swings in golf and to no one's surprise is one of the best ball-strikers on the PGA TOUR. But it's his putting that is making the biggest difference in his game of late. We'll take a look at that and more by going Inside the Numbers. ...

 

-5  Total score in relation to par for Scott on the par 3s at Colonial, which tied for the field lead. ... This marks the best par-3 performance in 221 career events for Scott. For the week, he was also one of six players who were bogey-free on the par 3s (of those who made the cut).

 

.452  Strokes gained-putting for Adam Scott during the 2013-14 season, which ranks 18th on TOUR. … Scott gained .644 shots on the field in putting en route to winning the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial, which ranked 26th among the field. A lot has been made about the anchored putting stroke, which will be banned in 2016. Scott has used the long putter since 2011 and it’s clearly helped him. In 2009, he lost .888 shots to the field average on the greens (180th on TOUR). In 2010, he lost .746 shots (186th). But he lost just .172 shots (142nd) in 2011, .204 shots in 2012 (148th) and finished above the field average at .001 in 2013 (T102). This year has been even better through his first eight events of the season. Scott also ranks fourth on TOUR in putting from 15 to 25 feet, 12th in putting from 15 to 20 feet and eighth in putting from more than 25 feet.

 

7  Number of players in the top 10 in the world playing at this week’s Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide Insurance. … No. 1 Scott, No. 4 Matt Kuchar, No. 5 Bubba Watson, No. 6 Rory McIlroy, No. 7 Jason Day, No. 9 Justin Rose and No. 10 Jordan Spieth are in the field. No. 11 Phil Mickelson, No. 12 Jim Furyk, No. 14 Dustin Johnson and No. 15 Jason Dufner are also playing.

 

18  Total birdies for Tim Clark and Chris Stroud at Crowne Plaza, which tied for the lead among the field. … Stroud finished T14 while Clark was T21. Along with his 18 birdies, Stroud had 13 bogeys to finish at 5 under. Meanwhile, Clark had 10 bogeys and two double bogeys to finish at 4 under.

 

63  Number of top-10 finishes in 221 PGA TOUR career events for Scott. … That comes out to 28.5 percent. For comparison to some of the game’s best, Tiger Woods owns 185 top-10s in 312 events (59 percent), Phil Mickelson has 172 top-10s in 498 events (34.5 percent), Rory McIlroy owns 33 T10s in 78 events (42.3 percent) and Ernie Els has 123 T10s in 375 events (32.8 percent).

 

365  Distance of the longest drive at Colonial, hit by Andrew Loupe. … Loupe also led the field in driving distance at 319.3 yards en route to a T45 – not bad considering he fought back from a first-round 75 just to make the weekend. Perhaps the biggest surprise here is that Loupe’s drive is tied for just the 94th longest on TOUR this season. The longest belongs to Webb Simpson, who crushed a tee shot 397 yards at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions at Kapalua.

 

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