This week we’re giving you a By the Numbers smorgasbord, with a look at not only Tiger Woods’ latest win at the Arnold Palmer Invitational, but also the previous week’s victorious performances by Stacy Lewis — who ascended to world no. 1 (you go girl!) — at the RR Donnelley LPGA Founders Cup and Kevin Streelman at the Tampa Bay Championship.
- Stacy Lewis hit a ridiculous 86% of the greens in regulation for the week on her way to winning the Founders Cup. Besides hitting 62 greens in regulation, she only took 110 putts. In her final round 64, Lewis did even better and took only 25 putts, while still hitting 15 greens in regulation.
- Now back to the PGA Tour: Kevin Streelman has his putter to thank — he ranked third for the week in strokes gained putting. He also played the weekend without a single bogey.
- Streelman’s ballstriking for the week was ok, but not as good as some of the numbers we’ve seen in previous weeks. He ranked T11 in fairways hit, T11 in GIR and 38th in approach-shot proximity to the hole. Basically, he did not give himself a lot of opportunities to make a big number, and despite not hitting the ball particularly close, his putter allowed him to make enough birdies for the win.
- As much as Streelman had his putter to thank last week, Tiger Woods leaned on it even more for his victory at Bay Hill. For the week, he led the field in strokes gained putting and he was fourth in total distance of putts made.
- Tiger was not in the top 30 for the week in any other key stat — he ranked T34 in greens in regulation, T32 in scrambling, and finished T71, almost at the bottom of the field (amongst players who made the cut), in fairways hit. And he didn’t stick it particularly close to the hole, either, as he was only 46th in approach shot proximity to the hole (probably because he was hitting out of the rough the entire tournament).
- So how did he win? Well, he’s Tiger Woods, and he doesn’t need his overall A game to get a W. He ate up the par-5s, where he had three eagles, and he didn’t make any major mistakes.
- However, in contrast, Tiger was in the top ten in five categories at Doral (GIR, strokes gained putting, distance putts made, approach shot proximity, and sand save percentage). He also didn’t finish worse than 30th in any category, including driving accuracy.
And there you have it, a multi-week By the Numbers. Congrats to Tiger and Stacy on ascending to the world no. 1. And hopefully, it’s starting to thaw out, wherever you are. It is almost April, right?
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