Power isn’t the name of the game on the PGA Tour this year.
Bomb & Gouge is yesterday’s news (Well, until Bubba Watson wins again).
The top three players in scoring average this season aren’t among the top 120 in driving distance. Luke Donald (69.26), Matt Kuchar (69.56) and Steve Stricker (69.71) are all short-knocking, straight-hitting fellas with world-class short games. They each rank among the top 14 in scrambling.
Donald is 148th in driving distance (279.9 yards per drive) but is sixth in scrambling.
Kuchar is 121st in driving distance (283.7) but 14th in scrambling.
Stricker is 127th in driving distance (282.9) but third in scrambling.
Hunter Mahan talked about the importance of short game during Monday’s WGC-Bridgestone media day in Cleveland.
“Can't tell you how many times you go out there, and you just don't have your ball strike and don't have your swing,” Mahan said. “It happens to everybody, but short game, putting, it can save you. And it's amazing how it does. For example, the No. 1 player in the world, Luke Donald, he's got the best putting, chipping, sand play. And he's middle of the pack, bottom of the pack, in driving and total driving and ball striking. It's just incredible to see a guy like that, given that we're playing with all the bombers we have, and all the guys who can kill it. But Luke Donald doesn't really hit it that far or straight. No. 1 player in the world. That should tell you everything right there.”