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The Tour Report

February 12 2013

1:19 PM

Inside the Numbers: Northern Trust

In 2013, Brandt Snedeker has carded 16 of 19 rounds in the 60s, aided by his tee-to-green play.
(Gross/Getty Images)

By Bill Cooney, PGATOUR.COM

Brandt Snedeker owns one of the most complete short games on the PGA TOUR. He’s one of the best putters and one of the best with a wedge in his hands. But the reason he’s off to one of the best starts in recent memory is due to his improvement in driving accuracy and iron play – as he showed during his victory at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am over the weekend.

Just how good has Snedeker been from tee to green? And how much has he improved from past seasons? We can find out by going inside the numbers ...


6th  Where Snedeker ranks this seasons in greens in regulation, hitting 77 percent of greens. … This is amazing: In the past six seasons, Snedeker hasn’t ranked inside the top 100 in greens – even ranking 182nd in 2010. He ranked 132nd last season en route to winning the FedExCup. What does this mean? Well, if he keeps this up – and his putting remains solid (19th in strokes gained-putting) – he’s in for a major year (pun intended?) in 2013.


7  Number of players with multiple PGA TOUR wins that finished in the top 10 at last season’s Northern Trust Open at Riviera. … Six of those seven return this week – defending champion Bill Haas, Phil Mickelson, Keegan Bradley, Sergio Garcia, Dustin Johnson and J.B. Holmes. Throw in Luke Donald, Adam Scott, Lee Westwood, Bubba Watson, Charl Schwartzel, Webb Simpson, Peter Hanson and Graeme McDowell and you have 11 of the top 20 in the Official World Golf Rankings in the field this week. Pretty tasty.


15th  Rank in driving accuracy for Snedeker, who has hit 68.42 percent of his fairways this season. … Here’s another reason for Snedeker’s surge this season. He’s only ranked in the top 60 once in the past six years in this category. In 2012, he finished 109th, hitting just 60.50 percent of his fairways.


20.2 percent  That’s the percentage of putts Snedeker has made outside of 10 feet since 2012. It’s the highest on TOUR in that timeframe (minimum 500 attempts). He’s 166 of 821. ... Snedeker is eighth this season in average distance of putts made at 4 feet, 11 inches. In 2012, he finished second at 4 feet, 8 inches.


33 of 37  Snedeker has carded 33 rounds under par in his past 37 attempts. … That dates back to the first round of the 2012 Wyndham Championship. Snedeker also has shot in the 60s in 16 of his 19 rounds in 2013. Pretty dominate stuff.


107  Birdies this season for Snedeker. … Not only is that No. 1 through six events this year, it’s the most birdies recorded through the first six events of a PGA TOUR season since 1983. Larry Mize (1985) and Craig Stadler (1985) previously held the record at 106.


1,282  FedExCup points for Snedeker. It’s the highest total through six events since the current system went into effect in 2009. … Yes, if you thought that was a hefty number at this point in the season, you’re right. Last season, Kyle Stanley also won early and led the FedExCup standings with 846 points. And get this: In 2012, Snedeker would have ranked 18th in FedExCup points with 1,282 following the Wyndham Championship, which is the end of the Regular Season.


$2,859,920  The official earnings this season for Snedeker. … Not bad, eh? Consider this: That total was good enough to finish 26th on the 2012 PGA TOUR money list.



Week 2: Sony Open/Humana Challenge

Week 3: Humana Challenge/Farmers Insurance Open

Week 4: Farmers Insurance Open/WM Phoenix Open

Week 5: WM Phoenix Open/AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am