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The Tour Report

May 22 2012

1:57 PM

ShotLink: Fowler, Dufner surge

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A missed green is a rare occurrence for Rickie Fowler in 2012.
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By Alex Turnbull, ShotLink

Rickie Fowler has vaulted up the FedExCup standings in the last five weeks on the PGA TOUR. Fowler
was 72nd in the standings before he won at the Wells Fargo Championship, and he's eighth after his runner-up at THE PLAYERS Championship.

Fowler is drastically improved tee-to-green this season. In 2011, Fowler ranked 157th for driving accuracy and T-120th for greens in regulation. This season, he’s currently 36th and 17th respectively:

Stat Fowler in 2011 Fowler in 2012
Total Driving T-87th 5th
Ball Striking 108th 8th
Driving Accuracy 157th 36th
Greens in Regulation T-120th 17th

Fowler has the second best active streak on TOUR for consecutive rounds at par or better. Fowler now has 12
consecutive rounds at par or better dating back to the opening round of the Zurich Classic of New Orleans:

Ben Curtis 13 consecutive rounds under par
Rickie Fowler 12 consecutive rounds under par
Bubba Watson 12 consecutive rounds under par
Jim Furyk 10 consecutive rounds under par
Jonathan Byrd 8 consecutive rounds under par

Inside Dufner's spring surge

Jason Dufner has now won twice in his last three start after going winless in his first 163 starts on TOUR.

Dufner over took the No. 1 spot in the FedExCup standings from Hunter Mahan who, who had held the top spot for the previous seven weeks. This marks the first time in Dufner's FedExCup career where he’s ranked inside the top five of the standings.

Most number of times at the top in 2012: Jason Dufner has started in 11 stroke play events in his 2012
PGA TOUR campaign. Since missing the cut at the Sony Open in Hawaii (his first start this year),
Dufner has held at least a share of the led on nine separate occasions prior the final round (most leads /
co-leads in the first three rounds by any player this season).

Year Player No. of leads Wins Stroke play starts
2012 Jason Dufner 9 2 11
2011 Rory McIlroy 7 1 9
2010 Jason Day 7 1 24
2009 Tiger Woods 10 6 16
2008 Marc Turnesa 7 1 29
2007 Tiger Woods 8 7 15
2006 Tiger Woods 12 8 14
2005 Phil Mickelson 12 4 19
2004 Vijay Singh 15 9 28
2003 Tiger Woods 8 4 17