Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Stats Are Fun!

I've already documented the fact that I'm an absolute stat nerd.

As you can see in the right-hand border, I keep track of almost every conceivable stat for every round of golf I play. I'm not sure if analysing these numbers is making me a better player but it is interesting to me nonetheless.

For whatever reason, I popped over to the official PGA Tour website to see how I match up against the best players in the world.

Surprisingly enough, I'm not in last place in every category!

To put all this into proper context, I realize that the courses I've played, on average, are much easier than the courses on tour and how they're setup.

There are 187 members of the PGA Tour that are ranked in each category. Add me to the mix for 188 total players. Let's take a look at where I stand!

SCORING AVERAGE -
1. Phil Mickelson - 69.40
2. Jim Furyk - 69.46
3. Adam Scott - 69.50
186. Hank Kuehne - 73.86
187. Craig Perks - 74.45
188. Matt - 78.50

Well, this is the one stat that I have NO CHANCE in improving on from a ranking perspective. I'm just not at a level where I can average 73 shots a round.

AVERAGE DRIVING DISTANCE -
1. Bubba Watson - 320.2
2. J.B. Holmes - 312.6
3. Robert Garrigus - 310.3
185. Matt - 268.4
186. Fred Funk - 268.3
187. Brad Faxon - 264.1
188. Corey Pavin - 262.0

Woohoo! Fourth last! I'm actually at a disadvantage in this stat due to the fact that the course setups on tour are very fast, meaning a lot of roll on the fairways. Needless to say, the amount of roll on Canadian golf courses in the spring is next to nothing.

DRIVING ACCURACY PERCENTAGE -
1. Fred Funk - 79.2%
2. Joe Durant - 75.9%
3. Jim Furyk - 75.1%
185. Matt - 45.6%
186. David Duval - 45.2%
187. Hank Kuehne - 44.8%
188. Craig Perks - 40.6%

Fourth last again. The fairways at St. Catharines are very narrow so I'm not getting the benefit of the doubt here either. I'm ahead of a major championship winner and a Players Champion! Wait till I get my new driver...look out #184!!!

GREENS IN REGULATION PERCENTAGE -
1. Phil Mickelson - 72.0%
2. Mark Wilson - 71.6%
3. Tiger Woods - 71.2%
186. Craig Perks - 53.2%
187. Hank Kuehne - 51.1%
188. Matt - 45.0%

Boy. Perks and Kuehne suck this year! They're at the bottom of everything! I'm very disappointed in my GIR% thus far but my iron play will improve...and that's a promise. That percentage will be around 50% by year-end.

PUTTS PER ROUND -
1. Aaron Baddeley - 27.47
2. Brian Gay - 27.61
3. Retief Goosen - 27.64
186. Chris Smith - 30.30
187. Jay Williamson - 30.50
188. Matt - 30.80

Last again. I've actually putted pretty decently this year and this stat proves just how good the short games on tour really are.

PUTTING AVERAGE (PUTTS PER GIR) -
1. Brian Gay - 1.704
2. Phil Mickelson - 1.706
3. Tommy Armour III - 1.710
168. Matt - 1.820
186. Nicholas Thompson - 1.859
187. Rocco Mediate - 1.868
188. Matt Hansen - 1.869

My best stat category by far. This just tells me that I've been pretty opportunistic when hitting greens this year.

SAND SAVE PERCENTAGE -
1. Michael Allen - 68.9%
2. K.J. Choi - 64.3%
3. Brian Gay - 63.4%
184. Matt - 31.3
186. Fred Couples - 26.5%
187. Chris Couch - 25.9%
188. Eric Axley - 22.0%

Well, I'm ahead of Freddie!!! And Couch just won a tournament a couple weeks back...

SCRAMBLING (PAR OR BETTER AFTER MISSING GIR) -
1. Scott Verplank - 67.4%
2. Brian Gay - 67.1%
3. Stephen Ames - 67.0%
186. Chris Couch - 46.8%
187. Craig Perks - 46.2%
188. Matt - 33.3%

Here is another stat that shows just how good those guys are. Hmm. Brian Gay is having a pretty good year statistically. Couch must have gotten pretty lucky at that tournament too. Oh yeah...Perks continues to suck.

BIRDIE CONVERSION (BIRDIES PER GIR) -
1. Phil Mickelson - 38.3%
2. David Toms - 36.4%
3. Brett Wetterich - 35.6%
177. Matt - 24.7%
186. Hidemichi Tanaka - 23.4%
187. Thomas Levet - 22.7%
188. Rocco Mediate - 22.3%

I'm also ahead of major championship winners like Corey Pavin, Tom Lehman and Larry Mize in this category. Again, I've been pretty opportunistic this year when actually hitting greens, elevating this number somewhat.

Oh yeah. One other interesting stat that boggles my mind. My stroke average on par fives this year is 4.80 or 9 under par overall. Good to know I'm taking advantage of the long holes this year!

That was a fun exercise! I'll do it again maybe in a month or so.

1 comment:

  1. No matter what stats you put togeather Matt, your still just a grinding, rule twisting, lucky ass hacker.

    See you on the course buddy.

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