Spinning the 2006 Numbers


Now that the official seasons of the three PGA Tours have concluded, the statisticians are bombarding us with end-of-the-year 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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