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The Tour Report

April 18 2012

9:40 AM

ShotLink: How Steele won in 2011

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When Brendan Steele's shots misfired at the Valero Texas Open, the rookie found a way to salvage par.

TPC San Antonio was only in its second year as a PGA TOUR venue in 2011, and players were still finding their way around the massive track. With plenty of yardage and large, multi-tiered greens, the field made plenty of bogeys, averaging about 14 per player.

So how did Brendan Steele win? He made only eight bogeys, giving him six shots on the field in that category alone. He finished at 8 under, beating Charley Hoffman and Kevin Chappell by stroke.

A large portion of his consistent scoring can be attributed to his performance around the
greens. Green missed 30 greens in regulation, but successfully salvaged par or better 22 times.

Steele secured the win when he sank a 7-footer for par on the 72nd hole. He was 17-for-17 on putts inside 10 feet in the final round.

How Steele ranked vs. the field in the 2011 Valero Texas Open:

Statistic Steele rank Steele stat The field
Driving Distance 10th 303 yards 289 yards
Driving accuracy T7 64.29 percent 51.65 percent
Total Driving 2nd 17 76
Going for the green T8 52.38 percent 36.45 percent
Scrambling 6th 73.33 percent 56.09 percent
Strokes Gained-Putting 5th 1.565 --
Putts per round 2nd 26.00 28.70
Putting - Inside 10' 6th 91.30 percent 85.22 percent
Birdies T2 17 8
Par 5 birdie or better Tst 50 percent 25.96 percent


TPC San Antonio has quickly developed a reputation as the toughest par-72 course on the PGA TOUR, excluding majors. In general, the field is missing the fairway half the time (51.65 percent), and they barely hit the green half the time (56.32 percent).

Toughest courses on TOUR in 2011 (non-majors):

Event Rank Course Par Average
The Honda Classic 1 PGA National 70 72.54
RBC Canadian Open 2 Shaughnessy 70 72.521
HP Byron Nelson 3 TPC Four Seasons 70 72.354
Valero Texas Open 4 TPC San Antonio 72 73.665
Arnold Palmer Invitational 5 Bay Hill Club and Lodge 72 73.203