News and notes: Key stats from 77th Masters

By Golf Channel DigitalApril 15, 2013, 3:31 pm

Poring over Masters statistics – it’s a tradition unlike any other.

Here are some key stats and figures from the 77th Masters:

Hole rankings, in terms of difficulty (listed hardest to easiest):

240-yard, par-3 fourth: 3.3896 stroke average

445-yard, par-4 first: 4.2922

505-yard, par-4 11th: 4.2760

450-yard, par-4 seventh: 4.2403

455-yard, par-4 fifth: 4.2273

440-yard, par-4 17th: 4.2208

155-yard, par-3 12th: 3.2175

495-yard, par-4 10th: 4.2013

465-yard, par-4 18th: 4.1818

180-yard, par-3 sixth: 3.1071

460-yard, par-4 ninth: 4.1071

440-yard, par-4 14th: 4.1006

170-yard, par-3 16th: 3.0552 

350-yard, par-4 third: 4.0097 

510-yard, par-5 13th: 4.7532

575-yard, par-5 second: 4.7143 

570-yard, par-5 eighth: 4.6786

530-yard, par-5 15th: 4.6396

Some takeaways: 

• The scoring average for the week was 73.4122. The winning score was 9-under 279.

• The par-3 fourth, once again, was a brute of a hole. Only 10 birdies were recorded there all week, along with 103 bogeys.

• The par-5 15th played as the easiest hole during the tournament, and the only “other” recorded (triple bogey or worse) was Tiger Woods’ penalty-aided, triple-bogey 8 in the second round.

• No hole epitomizes the risk/reward nature of Augusta National quite like the par-5 13th. The reward wasn’t all that great this year, however – only two eagles were recorded. There were five double bogeys or worse.

• Four of the dreaded “others” were recorded on the par-3 12th, including two in the final round. Both Kevin Na and defending champion Bubba Watson carded a 10 on the shortest hole on the course.

• The par-4 opening hole doesn’t allow for many to get off to a hot start. Only 25 birdies were recorded there last week, with 104 bogeys or worse.

Ernie Els and Robert Garrigus each collected three pieces of crystal for their multiple eagles at Augusta last week.

• No player made as many birdies as Thorbjorn Olesen, who was making his Masters debut. The promising Dane recorded 21 birdies, one more than defending champion Bubba Watson and Tim Clark. Adam Scott, Phil Mickelson and Woods each had 15 birdies.

• Scott hit more greens than any other player in the field – 55 of 72, or more than 76 percent. Runner-up Angel Cabrera was T-3 in this category, hitting 52 greens, while Woods hit 47.

• Garrigus led the field in driving distance, averaging 304.38 yards per tee shot

• Clark led the field in driving accuracy, missing only nine fairways (83.93 percent) the entire week. Five players hit more than 80 percent of the fairways. Scott hit 32 of 56 fairways, only one more than Woods.

• Woods had the best save percentage from the sand, getting up-and-down more than 85 percent (6 of 7) of the time.

Rickie Fowler and 14-year-old amateur Tianlang Guan led the field in putting (1.50), using the Masters’ average-putts-per-hole statistic. Woods had 1.61 putts per hole, while Scott posted 1.67.

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Kelly, Sauers co-lead in Hawaii; Monty, Couples in mix

By Associated PressJanuary 19, 2018, 3:52 am

KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii - Fresh off a solid performance on Oahu, Jerry Kelly shot an 8-under 64 on the Big Island on Thursday to share the first-round lead at the Mitsubishi Electric Championship, the season opener on the PGA Tour Champions.

The 51-year-old Kelly, who tied for 14th at the PGA Tour's Sony Open last week in Honolulu, birdied five of his final seven holes to shoot 30 on the back nine at Hualalai. He won twice last season, his first on the over-50 tour.

Gene Sauers also shot 64, going bogey-free amid calm conditions. Thirty-two of the 44 players broke par in the limited-field event, which includes winners from last season, past champions of the event, major champions and Hall of Famers.

Rocco Mediate and Colin Montgomerie were one shot back, and Fred Couples, Kevin Sutherland and Kirk Triplett were another shot behind.

Bernhard Langer, defending the first of his seven 2017 titles, was in the middle of the pack after a 69.

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Rahm (62) fires career low round

By Will GrayJanuary 19, 2018, 12:03 am

The scores were predictably low during the opening round of the CareerBuilder Challenge, where the top-ranked player in the field currently sits atop the standings. Here's how things look after the first day in Palm Springs as Jon Rahm is out to an early advantage:

Leaderboard: Jon Rahm (-10), Austin Cook (-9), Andrew Landry (-9), Jason Kokrak (-9), Brandon Harkins (-8), Martin Piller (-8), Aaron Wise (-8), Beau Hossler (-8)

What it means: Rahm is coming off a runner-up finish two weeks ago at Kapalua, and he picked up right where he left off with a 10-under 62 at La Quinta Country Club. It marked his lowest career round on the PGA Tour, and it gave him a one-shot lead heading to the Nicklaus Tournament Course. Cook is the only player within two shots of Rahm who has won already on Tour.

Round of the day: Rahm got off to a fast start, playing his first seven holes in 6 under, and he made it around La Quinta without dropping a shot. The 62 bettered his previous career low on Tour by two shots and it included an eagle on the par-5 fifth hole to go along with eight birdies.

Best of the rest: Cook was a winner earlier this season at the RSM Classic, and he's now in the mix for trophy No. 2 following a 9-under 63 on the Nicklaus Tournament Course. Like Rahm, he opened with a seven-hole stretch at 6 under and turned in a scorecard without a bogey. He'll now head to the more difficult Stadium Course for his second round.

Biggest disappointment: Patrick Reed blitzed the three-course rotation in Palm Springs en route to his first career Tour title back in 2014, but he's unlikely to repeat that feat after opening with a 2-over 74 on the Nicklaus Tournament course. Reed made only one birdie against three bogeys and was one of only 32 players in the 156-man field who failed to break par in the opening round.

Main storyline heading into Friday: Rahm deserves the spotlight, as he entered the week as one of the event's headliners and did nothing to lose that billing in the opening round. But the pack of contenders is sure to keep pace, while players like Phil Mickelson (-2) will look to put up a low score in order to build some momentum heading into the weekend.

Shot of the day: Wesley Bryan's 7-under 65 on the Nicklaus Tournament course was helped in large part by an eagle on the par-4 10th, where he holed a 54-degree wedge from 112 yards away. Bryan went on to birdie the next hole amid a five-hole stretch of 5 under play.

Quote of the day: "Shot 10 under par. There's not much more I can ask for." - Rahm

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Recent winner Cook contending at CareerBuilder

By Will GrayJanuary 18, 2018, 11:45 pm

Patton Kizzire is currently the only two-time PGA Tour winner this season, but Austin Cook hopes to join him this week at the CareerBuilder Challenge.

Cook won for the first time in November at the RSM Classic, a victory that catapaulted him from the Tour graduate category into an entirely new echelon. Cook notched a pair of top-25 finishes over the last two weeks in Hawaii, and he's again in the mix after an opening 63 on the Nicklaus Tournament Course left him one shot behind Jon Rahm.

"Today was great," Cook told reporters. "The conditions were perfect, but I always loved desert golf and I was just hitting the ball well and seeing good lines on the greens and hitting good putts."

Cook got off to a fast start, playing his first seven holes in 6 under highlighted by an eagle on the par-5 fourth hole. He briefly entertained the notion of a sub-60 round after birdies on Nos. 10 and 11 before closing with six pars and a birdie.

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Cook was a relative unknown before his victory at Sea Island earlier this season, but now with the flexibility and confidence afforded by a win he hopes to build on his burgeoning momentum this week in California.

"That was a big, proud moment for myself, knowing that I can finish a tournament," Cook said. "I think it was one of those things that I've proven to myself that now I can do it, and it just meant the world to me."

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Photo: Fleetwood's phone cover is picture of Bjorn

By Jason CrookJanuary 18, 2018, 11:40 pm

There's phone covers and then there are Phone Covers.

Paul Casey has himself a Phone Cover, showing off the protective case that features a picture of his wife at last year's U.S. Open.

Now, it appears, Tommy Fleetwood has joined the movement.

Fleetwood, last year's season-long Race to Dubai winner, has a phone cover with a picture of Ryder Cup captain Thomas Bjorn on it. And not even a current Thomas Bjorn. This is a young Bjorn. A hair-having Bjorn.


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The 26-year-old is a virtual lock for this year's European Ryder Cup team, but just in case, he's carrying around a phone with a picture of the team captain attached to the back of it.

It's a bold strategy, Cotton. Let's see if it pays off for him.