Why Phil Doesn’t Dominate (and Other Secrets of the PGA Tour Putting Stats)

Guys who love sports join rotisserie baseball leagues and fantasy football leagues, and when golf season comes around they plunk down money on a PGA Tour pick-your-pro pool. What’s a little funky in this general pattern is the granular, detailed performance stats part of it. In golf, unlike the other sports, the pools generally don’t reward a participant because his golfer did well in sand saves, driving distance, greens in regulation, etc. All a matter of cuts made, checks made and finish positions.

But golf writer David Barrett of TheAPosition.com, our hard-chargin’ affiliate website, likes to take things a giant step further in the stat department. Check out David’s recent post in which he analyzes PGA Tour putting statistics and uses them to explain, for instance, how Luke Donald’s junior varsity play tee-to-green is so effectively negated by that one special skill. See also why Phil Mickelson, he of the cornball “clock drill” for 3-footers, has been driving for show lo these many years.

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