Spinning the 2006 Numbers
Since statistics mean nothing without interpretation, the following will be an attempt at making hash out of all the data.
STAT: Eight rookies topped the million dollar mark on the PGA TOUR in earnings led by Trevor Immelman at $3,844,189.00.
BUZZ: Four rookies won on the PGA TOUR. The day is not far off that all FedEx Cup wins on the PGA TOUR will net the victor a one million dollar check.
STAT: International players won 15 times this year, eight of them were Australians.
BUZZ: If golf ever makes it to the Olympics--and its a team format--the Americans will be lucky to medal. South Africa and England are almost even, in talent, with the Aussies.
STAT: Jason Gore recorded the seasons longest drive with a 427-yard effort on the 12th hole at Kapalua during the Mercedes Championships.
BUZZ: Wonder if he told his playing competitors he hit it on the heel.
STAT: Tiger Woods had 10 top three finishes in 15 starts.
BUZZ: What ever happened to The Big Five?
STAT: Shane Bertsch and Patrick Sheehan had the most starts with 34 apiece but Steve Flesch played the most official rounds (119).
BUZZ: Gotta make cuts, boys.
STAT: Joe Durant had the longest streak during the year with 52 straight fairways hit. But Woods and Phil Mickelson hit the most consecutive greens in regulation with 37.
BUZZ: Take a look at the money list and see which stat is more important.
STAT: Luke Donald went 276 straight holes without a three-putt.
BUZZ: Thats some mighty fine lagging.
STAT: Three players shot a 60 for 18 holes. They were Pat Perez at the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic; Arron Oberholser at the EDS Byron Nelson Classic and Justin Rose at the FUNAI Classic at Walt Disney World Resort.
BUZZ: None of them won the tournament in which they shot 60. Maybe there is something to that old saw about going way low taking it out of you. Remember in 2000 David Gossett shot a 59 at Q-School in an early round and didnt even get his card.
STAT: On the Champions Tour Loren Roberts collected 18 top 10s in 21 starts.
BUZZ: The Boss of the Moss is a Hoss.
STAT: Roberts three-putted only 19 times in 1,206 holes.
BUZZ: Donald vs. Roberts with the flatstick? Give me Roberts.
STAT: On the Nationwide Tour Boo Weekley wound up in the top 10 in driving distance and accuracy. He was also number one in scoring average and greens in regulation.
BUZZ: Lets see'John Daly.Boo Weekley..Watch out if somebody comes along with the last name of Monthly.
STAT: Jeff Quinney won $317,802 on the Nationwide Tour without winning a tournament.
BUZZ: Developmental tour, indeed.
STAT: For the second year in a row Walter Hall made a hole-in-one at the U.S. Senior Open. He now has 17 in his career.
BUZZ: Thats 17 more than your trusty correspondent. I think Ill keep my day job.
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Lexi (wrist) WDs from Diamond Resorts Invitational
Lexi Thompson on Friday withdrew from the Diamond Resorts Invitational, citing inflammation in her wrist. Thompson, who teamed with Tony Finau to finish tied for fourth place in last week's QBE Shootout, said she is under strict doctor's order not to hit golf balls until mid-January.
The Diamond Resorts Invitational is scheduled Jan. 12-14 at Tranquilo Golf Club in Orlando, Fla. The field for te 54-hole event includes LPGA and PGA Tour Champions players, as well as celebrities from the worlds or sports and entertainment.
Rose leads Indonesian Masters; Snedeker WDs
JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose completed the final two holes of his second round early Saturday for a 3-under 69 and a one-stroke lead at the Indonesian Masters.
Rose, who had a first-round 62, was among a quarter of the field forced off the Royale Jakarta Golf Club course after weather delays on Friday.
The Englishman, who bogeyed his last hole, had a two-round total of 13-under 131.
Kiradech Aphibarnrat, who completed his 64 on Friday, was in second place.
Brandt Snedeker withdrew with apparent heat exhaustion on Friday on the 11th hole of the second round. Ranked 51st in the world, he flew to Jakarta looking to move inside the top 50 by the end of the year and ensure a spot in next year's Masters. He has been affected by a rib-sternum injury for most of the season.
Newsmaker of the Year: No. 2, Donald Trump
Even away from the White House, President Donald Trump generated plenty of headlines this year.
Trump’s first year in office didn’t dim his enthusiasm for the game, as he made splashy appearances at two big events, tweeted about golf to his more than 44 million followers, teed it up with some of the sport’s biggest stars, including Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and Lexi Thompson, and fired a few eyebrow-raising scores. Logging more than 75 rounds since his inauguration, the 3-handicap has only bolstered his reputation as the best golfing president, particularly after his alleged 73 with Sen. Lindsey Graham.
None of his appearances created a bigger stir than when he attended the U.S. Women’s Open. Despite protests and calls for the USGA to move its premier women’s event from Trump Bedminster – the president reportedly threatened to sue – his weekend there went off without incident, as Trump watched the action and hosted players in his private box near the 15th green.
Despite his controversial rhetoric on a variety of national issues, Trump has remained a staunch supporter of women’s golf, and he became the first sitting president to attend the U.S. Women’s Open.
An honorary chairman of the Presidents Cup, Trump also flew to Liberty National for the biennial team event, where he presented the trophy to the U.S. team and dedicated the victory to the hurricane victims in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico.
In late November, amid tweets about the national anthem, Turkey, Egypt and Time Magazine, Trump announced that he was playing a round in South Florida with Woods and world No. 1 Dustin Johnson.
Yes, that too became a headline, just like everything else Trump did in 2017.
Playing with the pros
Tiger, DJ and Faxon
President at the Presidents Cup
Purported round of 73 with Lindsey Graham
Cart on the green
Presence and protests at U.S. Women's Open
Trump golf properties
Reportedly fake TIME covers
Trump apologizes for voter-fraud story
Pros comment on the president
Newsmakers of the Year: Top 10 in 2017
GolfChannel.com is counting down the top 10 Newsmakers of the Year as voted on by Golf Channel’s writers, editors, reporters and producers. Check out the list below, including future release dates. And click here for the full collection of articles.
No. 1: Dec. 18