The Weird Race for the Vardon Trophy
By Merf under PGA Tour

Golf stats certainly don’t get the attention that a triple crown race would, or even the NBA scoring title. I had no idea who had the top scoring average until I saw a tweet by Steve Elling today. I’m not even sure how legitimate golf stats are, considering how much flak the world rankings have gotten. They don’t seem terribly meaningful, either.

But for those who care, Matt Kuchar leads the race for the top scoring average at 69.59, according to pgatour.com. Right behind him is Steve Stricker at 69.61. (Golf.com says Kuchar’s at 69.57 vs. Stricker’s 69.58. I don’t know who to believe, but it’s close.)

I’m not sure how volatile scoring average is from week to week this late in the year, but it looks like it will come down to the wire, with Paul Casey and Retief Goosen within .1 shots, and Jim Furyk, Luke Donald and Ernie Els within .2 strokes.

But that’s assuming anybody plays again. Kuchar is teeing it up this week, but Stricker’s done for the year. So apparently it’s not that meaningful.

If Kuchar stays at 69.59, it would be the highest winning total since Fred Couples finished with the same adjusted scoring average in 1991.

That seems about right, given how this golf season has played out.

(AP Photo/Peter Morrison)