PGA Tour: Some Stats Leaders

I like golf and I like statistics in sports. So, let’s take a look at some random stats categories on Tour and talk about the leaders in those categories.

Greens in Regulation: Jordan Spieth and Rafa Cabrera Bello (80.56%)

A green in regulation (GIR) is when you get you ball on the green in two shots less than par. Examples: Par 3 GIR is 1. Par 4 GIR is 2. Par 5 GIR is 3. Right now Spieth and Cabrera Bello are hitting the greens in regulation 80.56% of the time. Bello has played in eight rounds this season and hit 116 of 144 greens. Spieth has played 16 rounds and hit 232 of 288 greens. Spieth was a GIR machine at Pebble Beach last week, which was a key to his ninth career PGA Tour victory.

Par 5 Scoring Average: Hideki Matsuyama (4.29)

Par 5’s can be really scary at times. But the truth is, Par 5’s are your friends. They offer plenty of scoring opportunities. Matsuyama has made the most of those opportunites. In 24 rounds this season, Matsuyama has made 70 birdies and 5 eagles on the par 5’s. That has helped him to three wins (2 official wins) on the PGA Tour and two second place finishes. The current 5th ranked golfer in the world is showing golfers that Par 5’s are in fact your friend.

Scoring Average: Jordan Spieth (68.781)

Spieth had what some considered a let down year last season. After winning 5 times in 2015, including two major championships, Spieth won twice on tour in 2016, but he did cough up a massive lead on the back nine on Sunday at Augusta. I don’t consider a multi-victory season a let down, but he wasn’t in true form last season, as we saw at the Masters. So far in 16 rounds in 2017, Spieth hasn’t shot over par once. He has been par or better all 16 rounds. His great scoring has led him to a victory at Pebble Beach and three other top-10 finishes. If Spieth keeps scoring like this he’ll be tough to stop and will most likely put at least one more major trophy on his victory shelf at home.

Reverse Bounce Back: Rickie Fowler (2.78%)

We’ve been talking about good stats so let’s start talking about a not so good stat. A reverse bounce back is when you follow up a hole under par with a hole over par. Example: Rickie birdies the sixth hole and follows it up with a bogey on the seventh hole. Through ten rounds this season Fowler is leading the charge, which isn’t too good for him because he also led the PGA Tour last season in the category. I’m a big time Fowler guy so it pains me to talk about it. But he’s going to win the Masters in April so that’ll make up for leading this category.