Strokes gained: How Spieth compares to 2015
May 30, 2016
- May 30, 2016
- Jordan Spieth has two wins this season and is No. 3 in the FedExCup. (Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
Jordan Spieth's victory Sunday at the DEAN & DELUCA Invitational was his second of the PGA TOUR season. He's finished outside the top 25 just twice in 12 starts this season and ranks third in the FedExCup. Spieth is having one of the best campaigns of this PGA TOUR season, but he's playing in the shadow of his historic 2014-15 season, when he flirted with the Grand Slam and won five times en route to the FedExCup.
We used the strokes gained statistics to answer the question everyone is asking: how does Spieth's play compare to his performance last season? His performance is pretty similar.
Spieth ranks fifth in strokes gained: total this season, slightly worse than in 2014-15. He's gaining 0.19 fewer strokes per round this season, which translates to 0.76 strokes per tournament.
That difference can be attributed to one aspect of Spieth's game: his approach shots. This season, he's gaining 0.59 fewer strokes per round with his approach shots. He's performing slightly better than last season in the other three strokes gained statistics.
Strokes gained, developed by Professor Mark Broadie of Columbia University, is a better method for measuring performance because it compares a player's performance to the rest of the field and can isolate individual aspects of the game. Traditional golf statistics, such as greens in regulation and putts per green, are influenced by a player's performance on shots other than those being measured.
Strokes gained 2015-16 2014-15 Difference Total +1.96 (5th) +2.15 (2nd) -0.19 Off-the-tee +0.64 (9th) +0.49 (15th) +0.15 Approach-the-green +0.03 (106th) +0.62 (11th) -0.59 Around-the-green +0.61 (1st) +0.47 (7th) +0.14 Putting +0.68 (6th) +0.57 (9th) +0.11 Note: Rankings in parentheses; top-10 rankings in bold. Category 2015-16 2014-15 (thru May 31, 2015) 2014-15 Events 12 15 25 Top-25s 10 (83%) 11 (73%) 19 (76%) Top-10s 5 (42%) 8 (53%) 15 (60%) Wins 2 (17%) 2 (13%) 5 (20%) Runners-up 1 (8%) 3 (20%) 4 (16%) Missed cuts 2 (17%) 2 (13%) 4 (16%) FedExCup points 1,683 (3rd) 2,367 (1st) 3,800* (1st) * - points reset after BMW Championship