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November 22 2012

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2012 biggest movers: Greens in regulation

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Camilo Villegas ranked inside the top five in greens in regulation in 2012.

Which players improved their greens in regulation percentage the most in 2012? And which players suffered the biggest decreases?

The PGA TOUR’s Alex Turnbull compared greens in regulation percentages along with the TOUR ranking of 136 players who played the minimum number of rounds in both 2011 and 2012 (thus, qualifying statistically in the category). Here are the five players at the top of the list and the five at the bottom, based on their change in ranking from one season to the next.

BIGGEST IMPROVEMENTS

Player 2011 rank (GIR pct.) 2012 rank (GIR pct.) Increase in rank
Camilo Villegas 163rd (62.5 percent) 4th (69.55 percent) +159
Sean O’Hair 152nd (63.17 percent) 21st (68.25 percent) +131
Nathan Green 166th (62.34 percent) 43rd (66.92 percent) +123
Daniel Summerhays 150th (63.24 percent) 28th (67.69 percent) +122
Roland Thatcher 130th (64.26 percent) 25th (67.8 percent) +105

BIGGEST DROPS

Player 2011 rank (GIR pct.) 2012 rank (GIR pct.) Decrease in rank
Spencer Levin 35th (67.99 percent) 173rd (60.97 percent) -138
Gary Woodland 12th (69.41 percent) 124th (64.01 percent) -112
Tommy Gainey 48th (67 percent) 158th (62.3 percent) -110
Trevor Immelman 31st (68.12 percent) 139th (63.45 percent) -108
Billy Mayfair 23rd (68.77 percent) 123rd (64.02 percent) -100

RORY AND TIGER

Neither Rory McIlroy nor Tiger Woods played enough rounds on the PGA TOUR in 2011 to qualify for the comparison list. But here are their numbers had each player met the minimum number of rounds last year.

Player 2011 rank (GIR pct.) 2012 rank (GIR pct.) Difference in rank
Rory McIlroy 28th (68.30 percent) 60th (66.36 percent) -32
Tiger Woods 37th (67.74 percent) 29th (67.58 percent) +8
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