PGA Tour Stats 2002 Whos Number Two

By Mercer BaggsDecember 18, 2002, 5:00 pm
PGA Tour (75x100)Tiger Woods is No. 1. Hes No. 1 in the world ranking. Hes was No. 1 in wins in 2002; in money; in scoring average; in greens hit in regulation; in birdies per round. You get the picture.
 
Tiger Woods is No. 1 ' to that, there is no debate. However, there is always the discussion as to who is No. 2.
 
Once again, Phil Mickelson was a part of that much-talked-about subject, along with Ernie Els.
 
Mickelson won twice on the PGA Tour this season, and finished second on the money list. Els also had two official tour wins, including the British Open. In addition, he prevailed twice on the European circuit and captured the $2 million first-place prize at the Nedbank Golf Challenge.
 
In the eyes of many, Els is the second-best player in the world. But, officially, Mickelson is ranked second; Els is third. And, statistically speaking, the same is true.
 
In eight statistical categories ' driving distance, driving accuracy, scoring average, putting, greens in regulation, birdies per round, eagles per round and all-around ' Mickelson is the runaway head-to-head winner in 2002.
 
Mickelson led Els in seven of the eight areas, with the big South African edging the lefthander ' 69.50 to 69.58 ' in scoring average.
 
The greater comparison was Mickelson to himself over the past three seasons, where the numbers have been quite similar.
 
His PGA Tour rankings in driving distance, accuracy and greens hit in regulation have had the ebb and flow of a normal Mickelson round. For instance, he was ranked 125th on the tour in driving accuracy in 2000, 78th in 2001 and 129th this past year.
 
But there are a few categories where hes been consistently dominant. One of those areas ' surprisingly or not ' is with the flatstick ' or whatever space-age concoction hes using nowadays.
 
Putting
 
2002 ' 5th (PGA Tour rank)
2001 ' 2nd
2000 ' 3rd
 
Scoring Average
 
2002 ' 4th
2001 ' 4th
2000 ' 2nd
 
All-Around
 
2002 ' 1st
2001 ' 1st
2000 ' 3rd
 
Mickelson has also been predictable in his earnings ' hes finished second on the money list each of the past three years, and in the major championship department ' 0-for-ever.
 
In other numbers this past season, John Daly topped the tour in driving distance (306.8-yard average) for the eighth consecutive year, and 11th time overall. Boo Weekley was second on that list, and Matthew Goggin third. None of the three finished better than 112th on the money list.
 
Of course, you drive for show and putt for dough, right? Not if you ask Bob Heintz. He set a tour putting record (1.682 average putts per greens hit in regulation) this year and finished 192nd in earnings.
 
Speaking of putting, Mark Calcavecchia tied the tour mark for one tournament when he needed only 93 putts at the Greater Greensboro Chrysler Classic, where he finished second. And Stan Utley set a tour record when he needed only six putts for nine holes at the Air Canada Championship.
 
In the ironman department, John Rollins played the most rounds (120), and Kenneth Staton and Woody Austin played in the most events (36).
 
J.P. Hayes tied the tour record for consecutive birdies when he made eight in a row in the first round of the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic.
 
David Toms had the most rounds in the 60s this year (56), and also set a single-season earnings record ($3,461,794) without a victory.
 
There were a record 18 first-time winners this season ' breaking the old mark of 14 set in 1991. On the whole, nine players in their 20s won, 24 in their 30s and five in their 40s.
 
The toughest event of the year was easily the U.S. Open, where the par-70 Bethpage Black Course played to a stroke average of 74.901. Meanwhile, a new tour record was established at the Disney Golf Classic when the cut came at 6-under par.
 
K.J. Choi owned the largest victory margin, with a seven-shot victory at the Tampa Bay Classic. He was also one of only two players to win wire-to-wire this year. Woods accomplished that feat at the U.S. Open and WGC-American Express Championship.
 
Len Mattiace (Fed Ex St. Jude Classic), Spike McRoy (B.C. Open) and Rollins (Bell Canadian Open) all made up seven strokes in the final round to win, the largest such deficits overcome this season.
 
Jeff Sluman was the tours best in par-3 scoring average (2.936); Chris Riley led on the par-4s (3.95) and Woods was No. 1 on the par-5s (4.44).
 
Woods made the cut in all 18 tour events he started in 2002. He has now extended his consecutive cuts made streak to 96 in a row. Byron Nelson owns the record at 113, but by the end of 2003, Tiger is likely to be No. 1.
 
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  • Rose wins; Aphibarnrat earns Masters bid in Indonesia

    By Will GrayDecember 17, 2017, 1:59 pm

    Justin Rose continued his recent run of dominance in Indonesia, while Kiradech Aphibarnrat snagged a Masters invite with some 72nd-hole dramatics.

    Rose cruised to an eight-shot victory at the Indonesian Masters, carding bookend rounds of 10-under 62 that featured a brief run at a 59 during the final round. The Englishman was the highest-ranked player in the field and he led wire-to-wire, with Thailand's Phachara Khongwatmai finishing second.

    Rose closes out the year as perhaps the hottest player in the world, with top-10 finishes in each of his final 10 worldwide starts. That stretch includes three victories, as Rose also won the WGC-HSBC Champions and Turkish Airlines Open. He hasn't finished outside the top 10 in a tournament since missing the cut at the PGA Championship.

    Meanwhile, it took until the final hole of the final tournament of 2017 for Aphibarnrat to secure a return to the Masters. The Thai entered the week ranked No. 56 in the world, with the top 50 in the year-end world rankings earning invites to Augusta National. Needing an eagle on the 72nd hole, Aphibarnrat got just that to snag solo fifth place.

    It means that he is projected to end the year ranked No. 49, while Japan's Yusaku Miyazato - who started the week ranked No. 58 and finished alone in fourth - is projected to finish No. 50. Aphibarnrat finished T-15 in his Masters debut in 2016, while Miyazato will make his first appearance in the spring.

    The results in Indonesia mean that American Peter Uihlein and South Africa's Dylan Frittelli are projected to barely miss the year-end, top-50 cutoff. Their options for Masters qualification will include winning a full-point PGA Tour event in early 2018 or cracking the top 50 by the final March 25 cutoff.

    Cabreras take 1-shot lead in Father/Son

    By Associated PressDecember 16, 2017, 11:23 pm

    ORLANDO, Fla. - Two-time major champion Angel Cabrera and Angel Cabrera Jr. birdied their last three holes for a 13-under 59 to take a one-shot lead Saturday in the PNC Father-Son Challenge.

    Cabrera, a Masters and U.S. Open champion, is making his debut in this popular 36-hole scramble. His son said he practiced hard for 10 days. What helped put him at ease was watching his father make so many putts.

    ''We combined very well,'' Cabrera said. ''When I hit a bad shot, he hit a good one. That's the key.''

    They had a one-shot lead over Mark O'Meara and Shaun O'Meara, who are playing for the first time. That included a birdie on the last hole, which O'Meara attributed to the strength of his son.

    ''My little man hit it 58 yards by me on the 18th,'' said O'Meara, the Masters and British Open champion in 1998. ''It's a little easier coming in with a 6-iron.''

    Defending champions David Duval and Nick Karavites rallied over the back nine at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Club for a 61. They are trying to become the first father-son team to repeat as winners since Bernhard and Stefan Langer in 2006. Larry Nelson won two years in a row in 2007 and 2008, but with different sons.

    ''I'd imagine we have to break 60 tomorrow to have a chance to win, but hey, stranger things have happened,'' Duval said. ''I've even done it myself.''

    Duval shot 59 at the Bob Hope Classic to win in 1999 on his way to reaching No. 1 in the world that year.

    Duval and his stepson were tied with Bernhard Langer and 17-year-old Jason Langer, who made two eagles on the last five holes. This Langer tandem won in 2014.

    Jack Nicklaus, playing with grandson G.T., opened with a 68.

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    Woods' 2018 schedule coming into focus ... or is it?

    By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 16, 2017, 5:46 pm

    Two weeks after his successful return to competition at the Hero World Challenge, Tiger Woods’ 2018 schedule may be coming into focus.

    Golfweek reported on Saturday that Woods hopes to play the Genesis Open in February according to an unidentified source with “direct knowledge of the situation.”

    Woods’ agent Mark Steinberg declined to confirm the 14-time major champion would play the event and told GolfChannel.com that Woods – who underwent fusion surgery to his lower back in April – is still formulating his ’18 schedule.

    Woods’ foundation is the host organization for the Genesis Open and the event supports the Tiger Woods Learning Center in Anaheim, Calif.

    The Genesis Open would be Woods’ first start on the PGA Tour since he missed the cut last January at the Farmers Insurance Open.

    Rose weathering delayed Indonesian Masters

    By Associated PressDecember 16, 2017, 3:52 pm

    JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose held a three-stroke lead after eight holes of the third round Saturday when play was suspended for the day due to bad weather at the Indonesian Masters.

    Rose was 3-under on the day and led his playing partners Kiradech Aphibarnrat and Scott Vincent. The Englishman led both players by a stroke after the second round was completed Saturday morning due to weather delays on Friday.

    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.