INSIDE THE NUMBERS
July 14, 2014
By Bill Cooney, PGATOUR.COM
- Steve Stricker is 115 under in his past 24 rounds at TPC Deere Run. (Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
Brian Harman claimed his first PGA TOUR win at the John Deere Classic with some impressive iron play, tying for the field lead with 63 greens in regulation. We'll look at his rare putting feat, Steve Stricker's unofficial handicap at the event, David Toms' uncanny scrambling and more by going Inside the Numbers. ...
-0.194 Harman's strokes gained-putting at the John Deere, meaning he lost shots to the field average on the week. ... Harman is just the 23rd champion and fourth this season to win with negative strokes gained-putting. For more, click here.
+8.8 Steve Stricker's unofficial handicap index over his past 20 tournament rounds at TPC Deere Run. ... That's based on a slope of 144 and course rating of 75.8. So essentially, Stricker would have to give 9 shots to a scratch golfer in a friendly game. That's pretty ridiculous, yet probably still not accurate. Under tournament conditions, it's probably more like 15. On Sunday, Stricker (72) failed to break par for the first time in 23 consecutive rounds at TPC Deere Run. During that six-year stretch, he's an incredible 115 under at TPC Deere Run.
21'-10" Tim Clark's average proximity to the hole at the John Deere, which led the field. ... And I thought Harman's proximity of 23-3 was crazy-good. Turns out, Clark's was out-of-this-world good. In fact, it's the best mark of the season and the best on TOUR since Tag Ridings registered 21-7 at last season's Humana Challenge. It's also tied for the third-best mark on TOUR since 2010. Clark, who also leads the TOUR this season in proximity at 31-8, finished T5 at the John Deere.
90 percent Scrambling mark for David Toms at John Deere. ... Toms made par or better on 18 of 20 missed greens in regulation at TPC Deere Run, the second-best mark of the season on TOUR. Only Jim Furyk's 23 of 24 (95.83 percent) showing at the RBC Heritage is better. Toms placed T13 at John Deere.