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  • Strokes gained for the 2013-14 season

    Sergio Garcia's approach shots give him the edge through the Travelers Championship

  • Sergio Garcia leads the PGA TOUR in strokes gained so far this season. (Mark Runnacles/Getty Images) Sergio Garcia leads the PGA TOUR in strokes gained so far this season. (Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

Sergio Garcia leads in total strokes gained at PGA TOUR events thus far this season.  Though he hasn’t won, he has six top-10 finishes in 10 events, with a second at the Travelers Championship and third-place finishes at THE PLAYERS Championship and the Shell Houston Open.

In his 20 recorded ShotLink rounds this season, Garcia has gained an average of 2.7 strokes per round on the field.  The strokes gained method allows us to see how this gain breaks down by shot category. He leads the TOUR with 1.6 strokes gained per round from approach shots (shots starting more than 100 yards from the hole, excluding tee shots on par-4 and par-5 holes). He gains about 0.4 strokes per round with his driving, 0.4 with his putting, and another 0.3 with his short game.

The biggest contributor to Garcia’s success is his approach shots, which account for 59 percent of his total gain. Within the approach shot category, he is ranked seventh in strokes gained from 100-150 yards, ranked sixth from 150-200 yards and ranked second from 200-250 yards.  His pinpoint iron shots produce impressive stats.

Here's a breakdown of the top 10 players in total strokes gained through the Travelers Championship:

Strokes gained for the 2013-14 PGA TOUR season
Golfer Total Drive Appr Short Putt

Sergio Garcia

2.7 (1)

0.4 (26)

1.6 (1)

0.3 (45)

0.4 (24)

Rory McIlroy

2.3 (2)

1.3 (1)

0.5 (31)

0.2 (56)

0.2 (52)

Bubba Watson

2.1 (3)

0.9 (3)

0.5 (30)

0.3 (31)

0.3 (31)

Adam Scott

2.0 (4)

0.7 (7)

0.5 (33)

0.3 (42)

0.6 (11)

Hideki Matsuyama

1.9 (5)

0.5 (20)

1.1 (2)

0.3 (40)

0.1 (95)

Matt Kuchar

1.9 (6)

0.3 (39)

0.6 (23)

0.4 (20)

0.5 (13)

Luke Donald

1.8 (7)

-0.1 (147)

0.7 (12)

0.3 (32)

0.9 (5)

Jimmy Walker

1.7 (8)

0.2 (64)

0.6 (28)

0.0 (112)

0.9 (4)

Dustin Johnson

1.7 (9)

0.8 (4)

0.7 (15)

0.0 (98)

0.1 (77)

Charl Schwartzel

1.6 (10)

0.6 (8)

0.2 (73)

0.6 (5)

0.2 (62)

Top 10 average

2.0

0.6

0.7

0.3

0.4

Fraction of total

100%

29%

36%

14%

22%

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