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The Tour Report

March 19 2013

11:01 AM

Inside the Numbers: Arnold Palmer

Adam Scott ranks T13 in scrambling and T18 in sand saves in 2013. (Chris Condon/PGA TOUR)

By Bill Cooney, PGATOUR.COM

Kevin Streelman picked up his first PGA TOUR victory at the Tampa Bay Championship presented by EverBank on Sunday with a rare climb from the back of the pack to win. Meanwhile, Tiger Woods will attempt to match Sam Snead's record for wins at a single event (8) at this week's Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by MasterCard. Woods won last season with some impressive iron play and potent putting.

We'll take a look at Streelman's unusual feat, Woods and more this week by going Inside the Numbers ....


+1.222  The average strokes over par that the Copperhead Course played for the week at Tampa Bay, making the course the second most-difficult on TOUR in 2013. … The Copperhead Course is usually one of the tougher tracks on TOUR, sans the past two seasons when it actually played under par for the week. But this season the course showed its bite again, playing the hardest since 2008 when it played at 1.970 over par. At 1.222, Copperhead would have ranked as the 11th-toughest course at year-end last season.


+5.768  Number of strokes Woods picked up on the field average for the week in putting in winning at Bay Hill last season. … Woods ranked fourth in strokes gained-putting in winning for the seventh time at API, and combined with a T1 rank in greens in regulation (57 of 72) that’s a deadly combination. With Woods putting well again right now (6th in SGP this season), there’s no reason he won’t contend again.


8  Number of victories for Sam Snead at the Greater Greensboro Open, the PGA TOUR record for most wins at a single event. … Snead won Greensboro in 1938, ’46, ’49, ’50, ’55, ’56, ’60 and ’65. Woods has won two events seven times – the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational and the Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by MasterCard, which is of course this week at Bay Hill. Woods, the defending champion who is 108 under par in 15 starts at API, surely will have his mind on making history this week.


11  No doubt, Shawn Stefani’s sand save streak was impressive despite ending at Tampa Bay. At 11 in a row, it’s tied with Lee Janzen for the longest on TOUR this season. … Stefani saved eight of 11 from the bunkers on the week, seventh in sand save percentage, leading to a career-best T7. Stefani is 32 of 47 in sand saves this season, which ranks third on TOUR.


18  Consecutive cuts made for Billy Horschel after a T56 at Tampa Bay to match Ian Poulter for the longest streak on TOUR. … Horschel last missed a cut at the 2012 HP Byron Nelson Championship. In those 18 events, he’s tallied a trio of top-11 finishes, two this season. Horschel is currently 51st in FedExCup points.


21  Consecutive fairways hit between the third and fourth rounds for Justin Leonard, the longest streak of the tournament. … Keeping it in the short grass is vital at the Copperhead Course and Leonard split the second-most fairways on the week at 78.85 percent, up drastically from the 62.43 percent he was hitting entering the week. Driving accuracy led Leonard to a T4, his first top 5 in a traditional PGA TOUR event since the 2011 Children's Miracle Network Hospitals Classic.


No. 27  Since 1983, there have been 1,312 stroke play champions on the PGA TOUR. Streelman is only the 27th champion who has been ranked 70th or worse after the first round. … Streelman carded a first-round 73 at Tampa Bay (T70) before moving up to T31 with a 2-under 69 in Round 2. He didn’t make a bogey or worse over his final 37 holes and the rest is history.


115  Number of spots Adam Scott has moved up in scrambling from year-end 2012 to 2013. … Scott spent extra time on his short game this offseason -- toss in some surfing, too -- and it shows. Scott ranks T13 in scrambling (67.50 percent), T18 in sand save percentage (62.50 percent) and even a modest 78th in strokes gained-putting (.090) this season. For 2012, he was 128th in scrambling (55.87 percent), T127 in sand saves (45.74 percent) and 148th in SGP (-.204). Could this be an indication that Scott just might break through in a major for the first time in 2013? We’ll have to wait and see.



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

Week 6: AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am/Northern Trust Open

Week 7: Northern Trust Open/WGC-Accenture Match Play

Week 8: WGC-Accenture Match Play/The Honda Classic

Week 9: The Honda Classic/WGC-Cadillac Championship

Week 10: WGC-Cadillac/Tampa Bay Championship