ShotLink: How the leaders set up Sunday at Pebble

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Tiger Woods has the lowest Sunday stroke average over the last nine years on the PGA TOUR.
February 12, 2012
Alex Turnbull, ShotLink

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Sunday's final round of the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am has all the storylines of a great novel: Charlie Wi trying to protect a three-shot lead, Ken Duke aiming to play spoiler ... and some very big names in the hunt. Here is how it shapes up:

Charlie Wi: 15 under

Charlie Wi started his week with a tournament history best 9-under 61 on Monterey Peninsula CC. This was Wi's third career 61 on the PGA TOUR (last: Round 3 of the Humana Challenge).

• In Wi's second round, he hit all 14 fairways from the tee on Pebble Beach Golf Links. This marked the third time in Wi's career where he's been perfect from the tee (most recently in the 2nd round of the 2010 Children's Miracle Network Classic).

Ken Duke: 12 under

• Duke currently sits three shots back of Charlie Wi, marking his best 54-hole total since the 2009 Humana Challenge (200). In the opening round, Ken Duke finished his opening round with 12 consecutive one-putts or better on the final 12 holes (one-putts on holes 7 thru 18). Duke is the first player at this event since 1992 (when we began tracking this information) to accomplish this feat.

Tiger Woods: 11 under

Tiger: 2000 vs. 2012
Tiger Woods rallied to win the 2000 AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am. Here is how the two events have compared:
Stat 2000 2012
Score 209 (7 under) 203 (11 under)
Shots Behind 5 shots 4 shots
Fairways Hit 30 30
Greens Hit 40 43
Birdies 16 16
Total Putts 92 89

• No one has been better with their irons this week than Tiger Woods. Through three rounds, Tiger has hit a field leading 43 of 54 greens in regulation (T-1 with rookie Jason Kokrak). The last time Woods hit 43 or more greens thru 54 holes of a non-major was at the 2009 Buick Open (went onto win). In Round 3, Woods outperformed the field by over two shots with his putter ranking ninth for putts gained. He made five putts from beyond 5 feet (96 feet total) and went a perfect 14 for 14 when putting from inside 10 feet.

Player Stroke Average Final rounds
Woods, Tiger 69.46 115
Simpson, Webb 69.77 60
Singh, Vijay 70.13 185
Furyk, Jim 70.17 169
Stricker, Steve 70.19 129

• Since 2003, Tiger Woods has played 115 final rounds on the PGA TOUR with a stroke average of 69.46 (lowest among all players on TOUR with at least 50 final rounds from 2003 to 2011). Tiger is one of just two players on TOUR with a sub-70 final round stroke average over this time frame (Webb Simpson). Since 2003, Woods has played 90 of his 115 final rounds at par or better:

Phil Mickelson: 9 under

Phil on the greens: 2011 vs. 2012 so far
Stat 2011 2012
Strokes Gained - Putting 134th -.139 32nd +.537
One-Putt Percentage 40th 39.47% 7th 45.56%
Putts Per Round T71st 29.08 T27th 28.30
Putting from 3' - 5" 68th 87.96% T76th 86.11%
Putting from 5' - 10' 91st 55.76% 26th 64.10%
Putting from 10 - 15' 169th 25.16% T17th 41.18%
Putting from 15 - 20' 157th 15.87% T8th 33.33%
Putting from 5' - 15' 150th 43.10% T5th 57.14%
Putting from 15' - 25' 122nd 14.90% T29 22.22%
Feet of Putts made per round T133rd (70'11") 40th (76'10")

• Three-time AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am champion Phil Mickelson is making his 17th career start here this week. In his previous 16 starts, he has three wins, seven top tens, and eight top twenty-fives. Mickelson has carded back-to-back top tens in his last two starts here (T8 in 2010 & T9 in 2011). Despite not showing up in his scoring average, Mickelson has shown improvements in his putting thus far in 2012. Here's a look at his 2012 numbers on the greens and how they stack up against 2011...