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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    Weather extends Barbasol to Monday finish

    By Associated PressJuly 23, 2018, 12:25 am

    NICHOLASVILLE, Ky. - A thunderstorm has suspended the fourth round of the PGA Tour's Barbasol Championship until Monday morning.

    Sunday's third stoppage of play at Champions Trace at Keene Trace Golf Club came with the four leaders - Hunter Mahan, Robert Streb, Tom Lovelady and Troy Merritt at 18 under par - and four other contenders waiting to begin the round.

    The tournament will resume at 7:30 a.m. on Monday. Lightning caused one delay, and play was stopped earlier in the afternoon to clear water that accumulated on the course following a morning of steady and sometimes-heavy rain.

    Inclement weather has plagued the tournament throughout the weekend. The second round was completed Saturday morning after being suspended by thunderstorms late Friday afternoon.

    The resumption will mark the PGA Tour's second Monday finish this season. Jason Day won the Farmers Insurance Open in January after darkness delayed the sixth playoff hole, and he needed just 13 minutes to claim the victory.

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    Watch: Spectator films as Woods' shot hits him

    By Will GrayJuly 23, 2018, 12:07 am

    It was a collision watched by millions of fans on television, and one that came at a pivotal juncture as Tiger Woods sought to win The Open. It also gave Colin Hauck the story of a lifetime.

    Hauck was among dozens of fans situated along the left side of the 11th hole during the final round at Carnoustie as the pairing of Woods and Francesco Molinari hit their approach shots. After 10 holes of nearly flawless golf, Woods missed the fairway off the tee and then pulled his iron well left of the target.

    The ball made square contact with Hauck, who hours later tweeted a video showing the entire sequence - even as he continued to record after Woods' shot sent him tumbling to the ground:

    The bounce initially appeared fortuitous for Woods, as his ball bounded away from thicker rough and back toward the green. But an ambitious flop shot came up short, and he eventually made a double bogey to go from leading by a shot to trailing by one. He ultimately shot an even-par 71, tying for sixth two shots behind Molinari.

    For his efforts as a human shield, Hauck received a signed glove and a handshake from Woods - not to mention a firsthand video account that will be sure to spark plenty of conversations in the coming years.

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    Molinari retirement plan: coffee, books and Twitter

    By Will GrayJuly 22, 2018, 9:35 pm

    After breaking through for his first career major, Francesco Molinari now has a five-year exemption on the PGA Tour, a 10-year exemption in Europe and has solidified his standing as one of the best players in the world.

    But not too long ago, the 35-year-old Italian was apparently thinking about life after golf.

    Shortly after Molinari rolled in a final birdie putt to close out a two-shot victory at The Open, fellow Tour player Wesley Bryan tweeted a picture of a note that he wrote after the two played together during the third round of the WGC-HSBC Champions in China in October. In it, Bryan shared Molinari's plans to retire as early as 2020 to hang out at cafes and "become a Twitter troll":

    Molinari is active on the social media platform, with more than 5,600 tweets sent out to nearly 150,000 followers since joining in 2010. But after lifting the claret jug at Carnoustie, it appears one of the few downsides of Molinari's victory is that the golf world won't get to see the veteran turn into a caffeinated, well-read troll anytime soon.

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    Molinari had previously avoided Carnoustie on purpose

    By Rex HoggardJuly 22, 2018, 9:17 pm

    CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Sometimes a course just fits a player’s eye. They can’t really describe why, but more often than not it leads to solid finishes.

    Francesco Molinari’s relationship with Carnoustie isn’t like that.

    The Italian played his first major at Carnoustie, widely considered the toughest of all The Open venues, in 2007, and his first impression hasn’t really changed.

    “There was nothing comforting about it,” he said on Sunday following a final-round 69 that lifted him to a two-stroke victory.


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    In fact, following that first exposure to the Angus coast brute, Molinari has tried to avoid Carnoustie, largely skipping the Dunhill Links Championship, one of the European Tour’s marquee events, throughout his career.

    “To be completely honest, it's one of the reasons why I didn't play the Dunhill Links in the last few years, because I got beaten up around here a few times in the past,” he said. “I didn't particularly enjoy that feeling. It's a really tough course. You can try and play smart golf, but some shots, you just have to hit it straight. There's no way around it. You can't really hide.”

    Molinari’s relative dislike for the layout makes his performance this week even more impressive considering he played his last 37 holes bogey-free.

    “To play the weekend bogey-free, it's unthinkable, to be honest. So very proud of today,” he said.