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Stats Report
  • Strokes gained at the DEAN & DELUCA Invitational

  • Jordan Spieth picked up his eighth career PGA TOUR win Sunday at Colonial Country Club. (Tom Pennington/Getty Images) Jordan Spieth picked up his eighth career PGA TOUR win Sunday at Colonial Country Club. (Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

Jordan Spieth captured the DEAN & DELUCA Invitational at Colonial for his second win of the season and the eighth win in his PGA TOUR career.

Spieth’s final-round 65 gained 5.1 strokes compared to the field average of 70.1. Putting accounted for 81 percent (4.1 strokes) of his gain in the final round, which came from sinking putts of length 7, 13, 20, 21, 32, and 34 feet. Spieth gained 1.3 strokes with his short game in the final round, mostly due to a chip-in for birdie on hole 17. Here’s a round-by-round strokes gained breakdown of Spieth’s play at the DEAN & DELUCA Invitational:

  Strokes gained per round (ranks in parentheses)   Rank
Jordan Spieth Total Drive Appr Short Putt out of
DEAN & DELUCA Invitational 4.4 (1) 0.8 (5) 0.2 (36) 1.1 (5) 2.3 (2) 70
Round 1 3.6 (15) 0.6 (30) 1.0 (32) 0.8 (31) 1.2 (30) 121
Round 2 4.2 (2) 1.5 (3) 1.1 (24) 0.4 (39) 1.2 (27) 120
Round 3 4.5 (5) -0.1 (39) 0.2 (31) 1.8 (9) 2.6 (3) 70
Round 4 5.1 (2) 1.3 (4) -1.6 (60) 1.3 (9) 4.1 (2) 70

Here’s a round-by-round strokes gained breakdown of second-place finisher Harris English’s play at the DEAN & DELUCA Invitational:

  Strokes gained per round (ranks in parentheses)   Rank
Harris English Total Drive Appr Short Putt out of
DEAN & DELUCA Invitational 3.6 (2) 0.1 (52) 0.8 (19) 0.7 (21) 2.0 (4) 61
Round 1 3.6 (17) -0.2 (75) 1.2 (27) 0.1 (57) 2.5 (14) 121
Round 2 1.2 (43) -0.1 (72) 1.1 (27) -0.2 (65) 0.5 (46) 120
Round 3 5.5 (3) 0.7 (18) 2.4 (5) 0.6 (21) 1.8 (14) 70
Round 4 4.1 (6) 0.0 (40) -1.5 (58) 2.4 (2) 3.2 (5) 70

Here’s a strokes gained breakdown of the top nine finishers at the DEAN & DELUCA Invitational:

  Strokes gained per round (ranks in parentheses)  
Player Total Drive Appr Short Putt
Jordan Spieth 4.4 (1) 0.8 (5) 0.2 (36) 1.1 (5) 2.3 (2)
Harris English 3.6 (2) 0.1 (31) 0.8 (16) 0.7 (17) 2.0 (3)
Ryan Palmer 3.4 (T3) 1.4 (1) 1.3 (6) 0.7 (13) -0.1 (46)
Webb Simpson 3.4 (T3) 0.1 (35) 1.4 (4) 0.9 (8) 0.9 (17)
Kyle Reifers 3.1 (5) 0.2 (26) 2.6 (1) -0.4 (55) 0.6 (25)
Matt Kuchar 2.4 (T6) 0.9 (3) -0.1 (45) 0.0 (41) 1.6 (5)
Jason Dufner 2.4 (T6) 0.3 (23) 1.5 (3) 0.6 (19) 0.0 (42)
Martin Piller 2.4 (T6) 0.5 (16) 0.1 (41) 0.6 (21) 1.2 (12)
Anirban Lahiri 2.4 (T6) 0.8 (6) 0.2 (37) -0.2 (49) 1.6 (4)
Top 9 average 3.0 0.6 0.9 0.4 1.1
Fraction of total 100% 19% 29% 15% 37%

Here’s a strokes gained breakdown of the final round for the top nine finishers at the DEAN & DELUCA Invitational:

  Strokes gained in the final round (ranks in parentheses)
Player Total Drive Appr Short Putt
Jordan Spieth 5.1 (2) 1.3 (4) -1.6 (60) 1.3 (9) 4.1 (2)
Harris English 4.1 (6) 0.0 (40) -1.5 (58) 2.4 (2) 3.2 (5)
Ryan Palmer 2.1 (12) 1.7 (1) -0.1 (36) 0.0 (34) 0.5 (27)
Webb Simpson 2.1 (15) -0.3 (47) 1.8 (8) 0.5 (22) 0.0 (33)
Kyle Reifers 2.1 (16) -1.0 (63) 3.3 (2) -1.0 (60) 0.9 (23)
Matt Kuchar 2.1 (10) 0.7 (19) -0.9 (50) 0.6 (21) 1.8 (14)
Jason Dufner 0.1 (33) 0.3 (30) 2.3 (7) -0.5 (44) -2.0 (60)
Martin Piller -0.9 (40) -0.7 (54) -0.1 (37) -0.8 (54) 0.7 (25)
Anirban Lahiri 2.1 (17) 1.1 (7) -0.7 (47) 0.8 (18) 1.0 (22)

Here are the strokes gained leaders in each of the four main categories (driving, approach, short game and putting) at the DEAN & DELUCA Invitational:

 

SG driving per round

Player

Rank

SGD

Ryan Palmer

1

1.44

Jason Gore

2

1.02

Brandt Snedeker

3

1.01

Matt Kuchar

4

0.89

Charley Hoffman

5

0.84


 

SG approach per round

Player

Rank

SGA

Kyle Reifers

1

2.63

Martin Laird

2

1.92

Kevin Chappell

3

1.76

Johnson Wagner

4

1.62

Jason Dufner

5

1.48


 

SG short game per round

Player

Rank

SGS

Brendon Todd

1

2.54

Matt Jones

2

2.36

Andrew Loupe

3

1.47

Steven Bowditch

4

1.23

Patrick Reed

5

1.22


 

SG putting per round

Player

Rank

SGP

Chris Stroud

1

2.58

Jordan Spieth

2

2.29

Brendon Todd

3

2.15

Harris English

4

2.00

Jerry Kelly

5

1.96


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.