Ben Kohles hit 43 of 52 fairways to lead the field in driving accuracy at the Tampa Bay Championship.
||Winner: Kevin Streelman
|Driving Distance||270.8 (48th)||Robert Garrigus (301.4 yards)||T56|
|Driving Accuracy||69.23% (T11)||Ben Kohles (82.69%)||T7
|Strokes Gained-Putting||1.819 (3rd)||Cameron Tringale (2.098)
|Greens in Regulation||68.06% (T11)||E. Compton, J.J. Henry (73.61%)||T30/T51|
|Proximity to Hole||35' 5" (39th)
||Jim Furyk (28' 9")||T7|
|Scrambling||65.22% (T28)||Tag Ridings (82.76%)||T17
WEEKLY PERFORMANCE STATS ARCHIVE
Week 2: Sony Open in Hawaii
Week 4: Farmers Insurance Open
Week 5: Waste Management Phoenix Open
Week 7: Northern Trust Open
Week 8: The Honda Classic
Week 9: WGC Cadillac & Puerto Rico Open
Luke Guthrie made just 10 Web.com Tour starts in 2012 -- and finished third of better four times. (Ferrey/Getty Images)
Among the rookie graduates from the Web.com Tour and Q-school, who will have the best season in 2013?
If he putts as well as he did when he first turned pro, Luke Guthrie should have no problem having a John Huh-type year as a rookie in 2013. -- Ryan Smithson, Producer
I look for a player that has paid his dues, shown steady progression, faced adversity and recovered. Luke List fits all those requirements. In three years at Web.com he progressed from 78th to 4th on the money list and arrives on the PGA TOUR as a complete player mentally and physically. -- Fred Albers, PGA TOUR Insider
What I like about Luke List: A half-dozen top 10s on the Web.com Tour that included a win and two runner-up finishes; led in driving distance, just outside the top 50 in GIR and 36th in putting. What I like more: His game passes the eyeball test among fellow players. -- Brian Wacker, Producer
Ben Kohles. He opened his pro career with consecutive wins on the Web.com Tour. Perhaps just as telling is that he ranked first in driving accuracy and 24th in greens hit last year. -- Mike McAllister, Managing Editor
Russell Henley gets the edge thanks in part to a high starting position in the reshuffle, but he has all of the tools, too. Seemed to experience a coming of age late in the year on the Web.com Tour with a pair of playoff victories amidst a run of four consecutive top 10s. -- Rob Bolton, Fantasy Insider
It is really hard to win on the Web.com Tour. Not only did Ben Kohles do it the first time he teed it up on the Web.com Tour, but he won in a playoff ... and then backed it up with another win in his next start. He's sure to be a factor on the PGA TOUR in 2013. -- Anne Szeker, Producer
What Luke Guthrie did after turning pro after the NCAA Championships was phenomenal. The Illini standout lost in a playoff in his first Web.com Tour start, then went on to notch two wins among his seven top-10s and finish second on the money list in just 10 starts. And did we mention Guthrie had top-20 finishes in three of his first four PGA TOUR starts, including a tie for fifth at the John Deere Classic? -- Helen Ross, Chief of Correspondents
Ben Kohles' two wins in his first two pro starts was one of the great stories of 2012, and an indicator of a guy who won't be fazed by life on golf's biggest stage. -- John Schwarb, Producer
Coming Thursday: Of the five players at the top of the 2012 FedExCup standings (Snedeker, McIlroy, Woods, Watney, Mickelson), who will have the most productive season in 2013?
Check out the top five shots of the week from the PGA TOUR, Web.com Tour and Champions Tour with highlights from Keegan Bradley, J.J. Henry, Ben Kohles, Louis Oosthuizen and Arnold Palmer.
By John Schwarb, PGATOUR.COM
One of the better stories this season on the PGA TOUR is J.B. Holmes’ return from brain surgery late last year. His on-course results are almost irrelevant, considering those circumstances.
But Holmes is playing very respectably, with two top-10s and the 74th spot in the FedExCup standings. He’s still one of the legendary long bombers on TOUR (fifth this year in driving distance); it’s just a matter of keeping the tee shots on the short grass and making some putts. He’s 161st in driving accuracy and 63rd in Strokes Gained-Putting.
For the latter, he may have found an answer. The Kentuckian put an Odyssey Metal-X No. 1 putter in the bag and finished T15 at last week’s RBC Canadian Open, ranking T16 in putts per green in regulation.
Holmes’ model, mailed to him several weeks ago but put in play for the first time in Ontario, features a custom alignment line on the rear of the putter (the version sold in stores has a top line). Odyssey reps also added some lead to the sole of the putterhead to get its weight in line with Holmes’ previous Odyssey putter, a White Ice No. 1.
WIN STUFF: Fila Golf is having a contest on its Facebook page, click “like” for the chance to win a $500 golf wardrobe. Share the contest with friends for more chances to win. … Whenever a player on the PGA TOUR wins wearing FootJoy products, the company has a contest the following week to win the same products.
BITS: TaylorMade staff player Chez Reavie switched shafts in his RBZ 15-degree fairway wood and 18.5-degree Tour Rescue, putting in Graphite Design G Series shafts to match the same shaft he has in his 9-degree RBZ Tour driver. He finished T37 at the RBC Canadian Open. … Titleist player Ben Kohles, a winner in his pro debut at the Web.com Tour’s Nationwide Children’s Hospital Invitational, was the first player in a PGA TOUR-sanctioned event to win with Titleist’s new 913 driver. He swings a 9.5-degree 913D3.
WINNER’S BAG: Scott Piercy at the RBC
Driver: Titleist 910D2 (Mitsubishi Diamana Blue Board, 7.5 degrees)
Fairway wood: TaylorMade Burner (14.5 degrees)
Hybrid: Adams Idea Super XTD (17 degrees)
Irons: Titleist AP2 (4) and 690MB (5-9)
Wedges: Titleist Vokey Design SM4 (49, 53, 57 and 60 degrees)
Putter: Scotty Cameron GoLo
Ball: Titleist Pro V1x