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November 23 2012

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2012 biggest movers: Scoring average

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Ernie Els improved his scoring average by nearly a full stroke from 2011 to 2012.
Which players improved the most in scoring average in 2012? And which players took the biggest fall in that category? The PGA TOUR’s Alex Turnbull compared adjusted scoring averages 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 (Adj. scoring average) 2012 rank (Adj. scoring average) Increase in rank
Daniel Summerhays 182nd (72.487) 75th (70.722) +107
Billy Horschel 152nd (71.512) 53rd (70.494) +99
Ernie Els 121st (71.062) 25th (70.131) +96
Kevin Stadler 139th (71.295) 54th (70.525) +85
Robert Garrigus 105th (70.931) 23rd (70.066) +82
BIGGEST DROPS
Player 2011 rank (Adj. scoring average) 2012 rank (Adj. scoring average) Decrease in rank
Gary Woodland 15th (69.875) 158th (71.552) -143
Robert Karlsson 26th (70.211) 148th (71.453) -122
Robert Allenby 33rd (70.284) 139th (71.355) -106
Andres Romero 54th (70.495) 157th (71.543) -103
Aaron Baddeley 28th (70.230) 123rd (71.113) -95
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 (Adj. scoring average) 2012 rank (Adj. scoring average) Difference in rank
Rory McIlroy 3rd (69.48) 1st (68.873) +2
Tiger Woods 51st (70.46) 2nd (68.904) +49
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