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March 26 2013

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Inside the Numbers: Shell Houston

Tiger Woods has finished in the top 10 in more than 60 percent of his career starts. (Cannon/Getty Images)

By Bill Cooney, PGATOUR.COM

Tiger Woods regained the No. 1 spot in the FedExCup standings and the Official World Golf Ranking with his victory at the Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by MasterCard.

Woods tied Sam Snead's record for most wins at a single event with eight. So how did he get there? We take a look at that and more by going Inside the Numbers ...

 

-.400  Strokes gained-putting this season for Bo Van Pelt, which ranks 145th on the PGA TOUR. … Translation: Van Pelt is giving away almost two shots to the field average each week. Van Pelt ranked 11th in this category last season, a big reason why he carded an impressive 10 T10s. In 2013, Van Pelt has only two T25s in seven attempts and a major reason is his putting. He switched back to an old putter at Bay Hill with the hope of turning things around.

 

2.798  Strokes gained-putting mark for Tiger Woods at Bay Hill. … Just to refresh your memory, that means Woods picked up nearly three shots on the field average per round. That’s 11.192 strokes on the field average for the week. So in theory, if Woods would have putted the field average (0.000), he would have finished T27 instead of first. The 2.798 stat is the best SGP number at Bay Hill since Aaron Baddeley in 2005. Woods is also first in SGP on TOUR in 2013 at 1.476.

 

53.57 percent  Woods hit just 30 of 56 fairways this week, ranking T71 in the field out of 77 players remaining. This is the lowest percentage by a champion at the Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by MasterCard (since 1980). Since 1980, the lowest driving accuracy percentage by an Arnold Palmer Invitational champion came back in 1993 by Ben Crenshaw, who hit just 54 percent of his fairways for the week en route to victory.

 

60  Weeks Woods has spent atop the FedExCup standings since 2007. … That’s by far the most of any player, as Ernie Els is second with 22, followed by Vijay Singh (15), Geoff Ogilvy (14) and Mark Wilson (12).

 

60.4 percent  That’s the career top-10 percentage for Woods. … There’s been plenty of talk about Woods’ rate of winning in his career. He’s won 77 of 298 events or 25.8 percent of the time he’s teed it up on the PGA TOUR. But he’s also finished in the top 10 in 180 of 298 events or more than 60 percent of the time. Woods has also finished in the top three 124 times or a rate of 41.6 percent.

 

86.11 percent  Greens in regulation percentage at the Shell Houston Open last season for champion Hunter Mahan. … Mahan hit 62 of 72 greens, tying for first in that category with Bud Cauley. Mahan also was fifth in strokes gained-putting (1.605) and fifth in scrambling (80 percent) at Redstone. Look for him to contend again if he makes some putts again this week.   

1,605  FedExCup points for leader Woods, which leads second-place Brandt Snedeker (1,282). … For comparison, the 2012 leader (Johnson Wagner) had 1,017 points through the Arnold Palmer Invitational.

 

INSIDE THE NUMBERS ARCHIVE

Week 2: Sony Open/Humana Challenge

Week 3: Humana Challenge/Farmers Insurance Open

Week 4: Farmers Insurance Open/WM Phoenix Open

Week 5: WM Phoenix Open/AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am

Week 6: AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am/Northern Trust Open

Week 7: Northern Trust Open/WGC-Accenture Match Play

Week 8: WGC-Accenture Match Play/The Honda Classic

Week 9: The Honda Classic/WGC-Cadillac Championship

Week 10: WGC-Cadillac/Tampa Bay Championship

Week 11: Tampa Bay Championship/Arnold Palmer Invitational

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