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Stats Report
  • Strokes gained: Valspar Championship

  • Charl Schwartzel’s final-round 67 was 5.2 strokes better than the field average. (Sam Greenwood/Getty Images) Charl Schwartzel’s final-round 67 was 5.2 strokes better than the field average. (Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)

Charl Schwartzel won the Valspar Championship in a playoff over Bill Haas. It was Schwartzel’s first win in the United States since his 2011 Masters Tournament victory.

Schwartzel’s final-round 67 was 5.2 strokes better than the field average and allowed him to erase a five-stroke deficit at the beginning of the round. Schwartzel won on the strength of his approach shots, which accounted for 61 percent of his total gain on the field.

Here’s a round-by-round strokes gained breakdown of Schwartzel’s play at the Valspar Championship:

  Strokes gained per round (ranks in parentheses)   Rank out of
Charl Schwartzel Total Drive Appr Short Putt
Valspar Championship 3.2 (1) -0.1 (53) 1.9 (3) 0.5 (21) 0.9 (12) 70
Round 1 2.2 (34) 0.2 (72) 0.8 (49) 0.5 (41) 0.8 (50) 144
Round 2 2.6 (25) -0.8 (119) 3.2 (4) 0.5 (51) -0.3 (75) 142
Round 3 2.8 (10) 0.1 (34) 1.7 (10) 0.9 (18) 0.0 (31) 71
Round 4 5.2 (1) 0.1 (37) 2.1 (7) 0.0 (40) 3.1 (2) 70

Bill Haas started the day with a one-shot lead, but a final round 72 only beat the field average by 0.2 strokes for the day. When asked about the positives for the week, Bill Haas replied, “My putting was really good.” For the tournament, Haas gained the most strokes with his putting (1.4 strokes gained per round), followed by his approach shots (1.0 strokes gained per round).

Here's a round-by-round strokes gained breakdown of Haas’s play at the Valspar Championship: 

  Strokes gained per round (ranks in parentheses)   Rank out of
Bill Haas Total Drive Appr Short Putt
Valspar Championship 3.2 (2) 0.3 (20) 1.0 (15) 0.5 (19) 1.4 (5) 70
Round 1 2.2 (31) 0.4 (56) -0.3 (92) 0.6 (32) 1.5 (25) 144
Round 2 5.6 (7) -0.1 (91) 3.9 (2) 0.5 (50) 1.4 (28) 142
Round 3 4.8 (4) 0.4 (22) 0.4 (29) 2.5 (2) 1.5 (10) 71
Round 4 0.2 (38) 0.6 (18) 0.0 (40) -1.5 (63) 1.0 (17) 70

Graham DeLaet finished in a tie for fifth, powered by a remarkable gain of 2.6 strokes per round with his approach shots. Additional gains with his driving and short game were not enough to overcome a loss of 1.6 strokes per round with his putting (ranked last in the field).

Here’s a strokes gained breakdown of the top-10 finishers at the Valspar Championship:

  Strokes gained per round (ranks in parentheses)  
Player Total Drive Appr Short Putt
Charl Schwartzel 3.2 (1) -0.1 (53) 1.9 (3) 0.5 (21) 0.9 (12)
Bill Haas 3.2 (2) 0.3 (20) 1.0 (15) 0.5 (19) 1.4 (5)
Ryan Moore 2.7 (3) 0.6 (6) 1.0 (14) 0.8 (11) 0.3 (36)
Lee McCoy 2.5 (4) 0.1 (34) 1.3 (12) 0.0 (41) 1.1 (10)
Charles Howell III 2.2 (T5) 0.5 (10) 0.8 (20) 0.8 (10) 0.1 (40)
Graham DeLaet 2.2 (T5) 0.7 (3) 2.6 (1) 0.5 (20) -1.6 (70)
Patrick Reed 2.0 (T7) 0.0 (40) 0.6 (26) 1.1 (3) 0.2 (39)
Louis Oosthuizen 2.0 (T7) 0.4 (15) 0.9 (16) 0.2 (32) 0.4 (31)
Scott Brown 2.0 (T7) 0.6 (8) 0.5 (33) -0.7 (67) 1.6 (1)
Steve Stricker 2.0 (T7) -0.4 (64) 0.7 (21) 0.2 (31) 1.4 (3)
Top 10 average 2.4 0.3 1.1 0.4 0.6
Fraction of total 100% 12% 47% 16% 25%

Here are the strokes gained leaders in each of the four main categories (driving, approach, short game and putting) at the Valspar Championship:
 

  SG driving per round
Player Rank SGD
Thomas Aiken 1 1.1
Russell Knox 2 0.9
Graham DeLaet 3 0.7
Jason Dufner 4 0.7
Gary Woodland 5 0.7

  SG approach per round
Player Rank SGA
Graham DeLaet 1 2.6
Jason Gore 2 2.4
Charl Schwartzel 3 1.9
Kevin Na 4 1.7
Henrik Stenson 5 1.7

  SG short game per round
Player Rank SGS
Sam Saunders 1 1.3
John Huh 2 1.1
Patrick Reed 3 1.1
Padraig Harrington 4 1.0
Will MacKenzie 5 1.0

  SG putting per round
Player Rank SGP
Scott Brown 1 1.6
Patton Kizzire 2 1.5
Steve Stricker 3 1.4
Jonas Blixt 4 1.4
Bill Haas 5 1.4

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.