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Stats Report
  • Strokes gained: WGC-Cadillac Championship

  • Adam Scott's irons served him well at Trump National Doral. (Sam Greenwood/Getty Images) Adam Scott's irons served him well at Trump National Doral. (Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)

Adam Scott and Bubba Watson finished first and second, respectively, at the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship and first and second in strokes gained from approach shots. Scott’s victory followed his win at The Honda Classic last week and second place finish at the Northern Trust Open the week before.

Scott’s approach shots contributed 77 percent (three strokes gained per round) of his total gain on the field.  Here’s a round-by-round breakdown of Scott’s play at the WGC-Cadillac Championship:

  Strokes gained per round (ranks in parentheses)   Rank out of
Adam Scott Total Drive Appr Short Putt
WGC-Cadillac 3.9 (1) 0.7 (8) 3.0 (1) -0.4 (51) 0.6 (17) 65
Round 1 4.6 (4) 0.3 (27) 4.4 (1) -1.3 (61) 1.2 (16) 66
Round 2 5.7 (3) 0.8 (16) 2.5 (6) -0.2 (40) 2.5 (5) 65
Round 3 0.2 (37) 0.5 (26) 1.8 (10) 0.1 (32) -2.2 (60) 65
Round 4 5.0 (8) 1.3 (6) 3.1 (1) -0.4 (39) 0.9 (16) 65

After winning the last time he teed it up on TOUR, Bubba Watson finished solo-second, one shot behind Scott.  Here's a round-by-round breakdown of Watson’s play at Trump National Doral:

  Strokes gained per round (ranks in parentheses)   Rank out of
Bubba Watson Total Drive Appr Short Putt
WGC-Cadillac 3.6 (2) 1.0 (3) 2.1 (2) 0.5 (17) 0.1 (31) 65
Round 1 3.6 (9) 0.8 (15) 3.2 (5) 0.6 (18) -1.1 (48) 66
Round 2 2.7 (7) 2.0 (3) 2.9 (5) -1.1 (50) -1.2 (48) 65
Round 3 2.2 (12) 0.3 (38) 1.3 (15) 1.3 (14) -0.8 (45) 65
Round 4 6.0 (6) 1.0 (16) 0.8 (23) 0.9 (22) 3.3 (3) 65

Going into the final round with a three-shot lead, Rory McIlroy posted a 2-over 74 in the final round to finish T3. Using a new left-hand-low putting grip, McIlroy ranked 14th in strokes gained: putting for the week.  

Here’s a strokes gained breakdown of the top ten finishers at the WGC-Cadillac Championship:

  Strokes gained per round (ranks in parentheses)  
Player Total Drive Appr Short Putt
Adam Scott 3.9 (1) 0.7 (8) 3.0 (1) -0.4 (51) 0.6 (17)
Bubba Watson 3.6 (2) 1.0 (3) 2.1 (2) 0.5 (17) 0.1 (31)
Rory McIlroy 3.4 (T3) 1.4 (1) 0.1 (30) 1.2 (5) 0.7 (14)
Danny Willett 3.4 (T3) 0.3 (25) 0.3 (24) 0.9 (9) 1.8 (1)
Phil Mickelson 3.1 (5) 0.2 (28) 0.7 (13) 1.7 (1) 0.5 (20)
Jimmy Walker 2.9 (6) 0.5 (14) 0.0 (34) 1.2 (4) 1.1 (7)
Paul Casey 2.4 (7) 0.1 (33) 0.7 (14) 0.8 (11) 0.8 (11)
Rickie Fowler 2.1 (T8) 0.3 (24) 0.5 (19) 1.5 (2) -0.2 (38)
Smylie Kaufman 2.1 (T8) 0.8 (6) 0.7 (11) 1.0 (8) -0.5 (50)
Harris English 1.9 (10) 0.7 (7) 0.3 (23) 0.0 (31) 0.7 (12)
Top 10 average 2.9 0.6 0.8 0.9 0.5
Fraction of total 100% 22% 29% 30% 19%

Here’s a strokes gained breakdown of the final round for the top ten finishers at the WGC-Cadillac Championship:

  Strokes gained in the final round (ranks in parentheses)  
Player Total Drive Appr Short Putt
Adam Scott 5.0 (8) 1.3 (6) 3.1 (1) -0.4 (39) 0.9 (16)
Bubba Watson 6.0 (6) 1.0 (16) 0.8 (23) 0.9 (22) 3.3 (3)
Rory McIlroy 0.0 (37) 0.6 (26) -2.0 (61) 1.4 (15) 0.0 (31)
Danny Willett 5.0 (7) -0.7 (48) 1.9 (9) 2.9 (5) 0.9 (17)
Phil Mickelson 4.0 (9) -1.6 (60) 1.2 (16) 3.4 (1) 1.0 (15)
Jimmy Walker 8.0 (1) 1.1 (10) 1.1 (18) 2.3 (7) 3.4 (1)
Paul Casey 6.0 (4) 1.1 (13) 0.4 (29) 2.9 (4) 1.5 (9)
Rickie Fowler 3.0 (11) 0.9 (18) 0.5 (28) 1.1 (17) 0.4 (23)
Smylie Kaufman 3.0 (12) 1.4 (5) 0.8 (22) 0.6 (27) 0.1 (29)
Harris English 2.0 (14) 0.6 (24) 0.0 (35) 1.5 (14) -0.1 (35)

For strokes gained analysis of other tournaments, see http://everyshotcounts.com/ .
 
A very brief explanation of strokes gained: 
Strokes gained is a measure of the quality of a golf shot. A shot with positive strokes gained indicates a better-than-average shot for a PGA TOUR pro. For example, suppose on a difficult par-4 that the PGA TOUR average score is 4.2.  An average drive for a PGA TOUR player would reduce the average strokes to hole out by one, from 4.2 to 3.2. If a player hit a long drive into the fairway where the PGA TOUR average strokes to hole out is 2.9, then the shot gained 0.3 strokes compared to the PGA TOUR average. If a player hit a short drive into the rough where the PGA TOUR average strokes to hole out is 3.4, then the shot lost 0.2 strokes compared to the PGA TOUR average. Strokes gained from all shots are accumulated and grouped into convenient categories to measure the performance of players in a round, tournament, or season. For example, the gain from all tee shots on par-4 and par-5 holes is strokes gained driving measure. The gain from all shots starting outside 100 yards from the hole, excluding tee shots on par-4 and par-5 holes, is strokes gained from approach shots.