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Stats Report
  • Strokes gained at Wyndham Championship

  • Camilo Villegas' approach shots accounted for 44 percent of his total gain on the field. (Darren Carroll/Getty Images)Camilo Villegas' approach shots accounted for 44 percent of his total gain on the field. (Darren Carroll/Getty Images)

Camilo Villegas shot a closing 63 to pass seven players and win for the first time since 2010 at the Wyndham Championship on Sunday. 

Villegas bettered the field by an average of 3.4 strokes per round for the tournament. (The field averaged 0.9 strokes under par per round and Villegas averaged 4.3 strokes under par per round, with the difference representing his 3.4 strokes gained per round on the field.) Villegas’s approach shots accounted for 44 percent of his total gain on the field. Putting accounted for another 29 percent. 

In his opening 63, Villegas gained 3.6 strokes on the field with his approach shots. He shot a matching 63 in his closing round, gaining 3.3 strokes with his approach shots.  A few examples from his final round will illustrate his stellar approach play. On No. 2, Villegas hit from 145 yards in the fairway to 7 feet (gain 0.5 strokes) to set up a birdie. On No. 4, Villegas hit from 148 yards in the fairway to 4 feet (gain 0.7 strokes) to set up another birdie. On the fifth, Villegas hit from 183 yards in the fairway to 5 feet (gain 0.8 strokes) to set up an eagle.  On No. 8, Villegas hit from 122 yards in the fairway to 8 feet (gain 0.3 strokes) to set up another birdie. 

Stellar approach play alone isn't enough to win on the PGA TOUR. Villegas capitalized on his approach shots with putting that gained an average of one stroke per round on the field. Villegas' 47-foot birdie putt on the sixth hole of the final round gained 1.1 strokes alone.  

Because Villegas' bookend 63s were so different than his middle rounds of 69 and 68, it is helpful to look at a breakdown of his strokes gained by round. The results show that poor approach play hurt his second-round scoring and poor putting hurt his third-round scoring:

Camilo Villegas

Total

Drive

Appr

Short

Putt

Rank out of

All rounds

3.4 (1)

0.6 (14)

1.5 (4)

0.3 (25)

1.0 (16)

77

Round 1

6.7 (1)

1.2 (10)

3.6 (2)

0.0 (73)

1.9 (16)

156

Round 2

0.0 (83)

0.3 (69)

-1.9 (141)

0.5 (43)

1.2 (46)

155

Round 3

1.2 (27)

0.7 (14)

1.0 (20)

0.8 (16)

-1.3 (59)

77

Round 4

5.6 (1)

0.1 (42)

3.3 (2)

0.1 (33)

2.1 (5)

77

Here's how Villegas's play in the Wyndham Championship compares to his play throughout the season:

 

Strokes gained per round (ranks in parentheses)

 

Total

Drive

Appr

Short

Putt

Camilo Villegas during win

3.4 (1)

0.6 (14)

1.5 (4)

0.3 (25)

1.0 (16)

Camilo Villegas during season

0.4 (73)

-0.1 (138)

0.4 (45)

0.0 (108)

0.1 (106)

Difference

3.0

0.7

1.1

0.3

0.9

Here's a strokes gained breakdown of the top 11 finishers at the Wyndham Championship:

 

Strokes gained per round (ranks in parentheses)

Golfer

Total

Drive

Appr

Short

Putt

Camilo Villegas

3.4 (1)

0.6 (14)

1.5 (4)

0.3 (25)

1.0 (16)

Bill Haas

3.1 (T2)

-0.4 (67)

1.1 (13)

0.4 (22)

2.1 (1)

Freddie Jacobson

3.1 (T2)

-0.8 (74)

0.9 (17)

1.0 (4)

2.0 (2)

Heath Slocum

2.9 (4)

0.7 (5)

0.9 (19)

-0.4 (66)

1.7 (5)

Nick Watney

2.6 (T5)

-0.1 (54)

1.4 (7)

0.2 (27)

1.0 (13)

Brandt Snedeker

2.6 (T5)

0.7 (6)

0.8 (21)

0.7 (13)

0.5 (40)

Webb Simpson

2.6 (T5)

0.4 (28)

1.7 (1)

0.9 (8)

-0.3 (63)

Brad Fritsch

2.4 (T8)

0.7 (7)

0.1 (49)

1.1 (3)

0.6 (33)

Jhonattan Vegas

2.4 (T8)

0.6 (8)

0.3 (39)

0.9 (7)

0.5 (37)

Kevin Kisner

2.4 (T8)

0.3 (31)

0.9 (20)

0.4 (24)

0.8 (20)

William McGirt

2.4 (T8)

0.3 (30)

1.4 (6)

-0.2 (55)

0.8 (21)

Top 11 average

2.7

0.2

1.0

0.5

1.0

Fraction of total

100%

8%

39%

17%

36%

Mark Broadie is the author of Every Shots Counts, available in bookstores and on amazon.com.  See the website everyshotcounts.com for more information.