European Stats 2002 Across the Pond Comparison

By December 21, 2002, 5:00 pm
European TourPadraig Harrington, Ernie Els and Retief Goosen headlined the European Tour in 2002 and, not surprisingly, finished one, two and three in the two most important statistical categories.
 
The Order of Merit (money title) race came down to the final weekend as Goosen ($2,415,530) edged out Harrington ($2,389,460) for the title, with Els ($2,303,333) close on their heels, despite playing in six fewer events. It was the same finish as 2001, except Els moved up a spot, from fourth to third.
 
In the stroke average area, it was Harrington who took top honors with a 69.72 average. Els came in at 70.07, while Goosen followed with a 70.15 mark. Like Goosens money title, it was also Harringtons second straight scoring title.
 
That was it for Harrington, though, as he was not in the top 10 in any other statistical category. Els, however, placed fifth in driving distance, eighth in greens in regulation and 10th in putts per greens in regulation. Goosens only other top-10 was a sixth in putts per greens in regulation.
 
In the Who can smack the ball the farthest category, Emanuele Canonica wrestled back his driving distance title from Angel Cabrera, a title he has held four of the last five years. His 304.9 (yards) mark was just two yards under the PGA Tour leader, John Daly.
 
Speaking of the PGA Tour, and this being a Ryder Cup year, a comparison between the two tours would be appropriate. And as was the case in driving distance, the other statistical categories were also tight, except in the sand save department, where Bernhard Langer had a remarkable 81.3 save percentage on the European Tour, compared to Jose Maria Olazabals mark of 64.9 percent on the PGA Tour.
 
The driving accuracy stat showed Fred Funk splitting the fairways at an 81.2 percent clip, while Peter OMalley was just a half percent back at 80.7. Once off the tee, greens hit in regulation is the next challenge, and Frances Thomas Levet was up to the task by hitting the green at a 75.8 percent rate. All-Universe Tiger Woods couldnt quite match the Frenchman as his ball found the putting surface 74 percent of the time.
 
In both putting categories, the PGA Tour leader found the bottom of the cup only slightly quicker than his European counterpart. Bob Heintz, who led the PGA Tour in putts per round (27.57) as well as putting average (1.682), edged Marcel Siem (27.9) in the former and Michael Campbell (1.704) in the latter. Heres a look at both tours:
 
Scoring Average
 
European Tour #1 ' 69.72
PGA Tour #1 ' 68.56
 
Driving Distance
 
European Tour #1 ' 304.9
PGA Tour #1 ' 306.8
 
Driving Accuracy
 
European Tour #1 ' 80.7%
PGA Tour #1 ' 81.2%
 
Greens In Regulation
 
European Tour #1 ' 75.8%
PGA Tour #1 ' 74.0%
 
Putts Per G.I.R.
 
European Tour #1 ' 1.70
PGA Tour #1 ' 1.68
 
Putts Per Round
 
European Tour #1 ' 27.9
PGA Tour #1 ' 27.5
 
Sand Saves
 
European Tour #1 ' 81.3%
PGA Tour #1 ' 64.9%
 
Final tally: that's five for the PGA Tour and two for the European Tour. But, of course, the Ryder Cup went to the Europeans.
 
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