The Most Eye-Popping Stats from the PGA Tour in 2014
We're just past the U.S. Open in this 2013-14 PGA Tour season, and already we have oodles of figures to digest. While much of it confirms what we already know—Bubba Watson hits the ball a long way, for example—some is truly eye-popping.
In the era of ShotLink technology, there are more PGA Tour numbers available in cyberspace than even the most rabid golf fan could digest.
Nevertheless, we'll try to savor a few.
Here are some of the most eye-popping stats on the PGA Tour thus far in 2014.
Big Hitters' Big Numbers
The tour's biggest hitters, Bubba Watson and Dustin Johnson, produce some staggering stats as products of their power off the tee.
Through 46 and 52 rounds, respectively, Watson and Johnson are averaging 313.1 and 311.4 yards off the tee. 40 percent of Johnson's drives travel more than 320 yards, while 39.66 percent of Watson's drives exceed that distance.
How do they do it? Well, this helps: Watson's average clubhead speed this year is 123.55 mph. Johnson's? 121.45 mph.
Eye-popping power and speed, indeed.
DeLaet's Nose for the Greens
The newly clean-shaven Graham DeLaet has been the king of the approach shot this year. He's first on tour in greens in regulation at 71.92 percent. Further, his approach shots have landed on either the green or fringe an astonishing 77 percent of the time this season.
The Canadian also hits the green 67.37 percent of the time from more than 200 yards away.
Any way you slice it, DeLaet is absurdly precise with his Titleist irons. Not surprisingly, he's made 13 of 17 cuts with two second-place finishes this season.
The Best Sand Player on Tour This Season...
In 2012, Vijay Singh's sand save percentage was a mere 48.6. He was 112th on tour in the statistic. This year, however, Singh has saved par 62.3 percent of the time from greenside bunkers through 63 rounds.
Delving deeper into Singh's records, the Fijian has rarely saved par more than 50 percent of the time from the sand.
What's changed? The wedges. Singh put Hopkins Golf wedges in play at the beginning of 2014 as part of a multi-year endorsement deal with the company. Looks like a good decision for all involved...
The Longest Putt Holed on Tour This Season
You might know the guy who made the longest putt on the PGA Tour in 2014.
His name? Tiger Woods.
Woods holed a 91-footer on the fourth hole at Doral during the WGC-Cadillac Championship in March. It was the longest putt made on tour since Angel Cabrera's 103-footer at the Phoenix Open in 2011.
If you haven't already done so, check out the video above. Woods' reaction lets you know how probable he thought making a putt from nearly 100 feet was.
Adam Scott's Proficiency from Beyond 10 Feet
A new convert to the AimPoint Express method of green reading, Adam Scott has seen the approach pay dividends this season.
Scott hadn't ranked inside the top 100 in strokes gained-putting since 2007. This year, he's 17th. And from greater than 20 feet, he leads the tour, holing 11.6 percent of his putts from distance. He's also fourth in putting from 15 to 25 feet.
Equally as eye-popping are Scott's numbers inside of 15 feet—but for all the wrong reasons. He's 99th in putts made from five to 15 feet, converting just 45.3 percent of them. And from three to five feet, he's 62nd on tour, making just 88.4 percent of those efforts.
Perhaps most eye-popping of all is how good of a putter Scott would be statistically if he could convert from close range more regularly.
Sergio Garcia's Scoring Relative to the Field
Although he hasn't won in 2014, Sergio Garcia has been one of the best players on the PGA Tour. He's made nine of 10 cuts and tallied an impressive six top-10 finishes.
Garcia leads the tour in scoring average. Even more impressive, though, is the following morsel.
In looking at the PGA Tour's differential field average, which evaluates a player's score compared to the field average each round, Garcia is picking up 2.19 strokes on the average score every round. Rory McIlroy, who is second in the stat, gains 1.96. This means, no matter what tournament or what round, Garcia has played more than two strokes better than the field average.
Truly eye-popping stuff. Perhaps even more eye-popping still: the fact that Garcia hasn't raised a trophy this year.
David Toms' Consecutive Fairways Hit
David Toms hit a ridiculous number of fairways in a row earlier this year. The Monroe, Louisiana native found 36 straight fairways at one point this season. The streak is eight better than the next longest stretch on tour—Jim Furyk's 28 straight.
While the number is impressive, it's not as good as last year's finest stretch of fairways hit: Ryan Moore's 40.
Still, for the casual golfer—who is probably happy to hit two consecutive fairways—36 in a row is an eye-popping number.
This Current Streak Without a 3-Putt
How long has it been since you last three-putted? Ever tried to hole a putt during tournament conditions?
While you ponder those two questions, think about this: Brian Stuard has gone 22 events without a three-putt. His stretch of 360 holes sans three-whack is the best current streak and the best on tour this season.
Stuard's streak is the best since Luke Donald went an absurd 483 holes without three-putting in 2011.