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Monday, April 12, 2010


Phil Mickelson becomes the 8th player all-time with 3+ Masters victories, joining Jack Nicklaus (6), Arnold Palmer, Tiger Woods (4), Jimmy Demaret, Sam Snead, Gary Player and Nick Faldo (3). This is Mickelson's 4th major championship: 3 Masters ('10, '06, '04) and the '05 PGA Championship. It's the 16th time he's finished in the top-3 in a major. This is Mickelson's 38th career PGA TOUR victory, his 1st of 2010, his 15th since the beginning of 2005.
 
Mickelson posts a 272, tying the 4th-best score in Masters history (-16). Tiger Woods holds the record with 270 (-18) in 1997. Mickelson played the par-5's in 12-under this week, highlighted by posting a score of 6-under on hole 13 alone. With 3 rounds of 67, it's the 1st time Phil has had 3 rounds of 67 or better in a major since the 2001 PGA Championship. Mickelson hit 54/72 (75.0 pct) greens in regulation this week, T-3rd in the field. This is the 9th time in the last 11 years that the winner has ranked in the top-4 in the field in greens in regulation.
 
Tiger Woods (-11, T-4th) finishes with his most shots below par at a major since the 2006 PGA Championship (-18). Woods has now finished in the top-6 in 7 of the last 8 majors he's played (exception: '09 Open Championship). Woods has now finished in the top-10 in 16 of the last 19 majors he's teed it up. Woods played the par-5's this week in -15, a Masters record (old record: Ray Floyd, -14 in 1976). Woods plays all 4 rounds at better than par for the first time since 2002; it's the 4th time in his career he's done that. It's Woods' 14th straight round of par or better at Augusta. Seven majors have been played now since Tiger won one...only 2 "droughts" in his career have been longer (10, twice).
 
Lee Westwood (-13) finishes 2nd, failing to hold his 3rd career 54-hole lead/share on the PGA TOUR (1-1 in previous 2). Westwood has now finished T-3rd, T-3rd and 2nd in the last 3 major championships. Westwood was trying to become the first Englishman to win any major since Nick Faldo won the 1996 Masters. Anthony Kim (-12) ties the low-round of the week with a final round 65, including a 31 on the back-9. Kim's previous best finish in a major was T-7th at the 2008 Open Championship. Kim, who won last week at Houston, was trying to become just the 5th player to win the Masters the week after winning a PGA TOUR event.
 
3 or More Masters Won, All-Time
                        Wins
Jack Nicklaus   6
Arnold Palmer   4
Tiger Woods             4
Phil Mickelson  3
Jimmy Demaret   3
Sam Snead               3
Gary Player             3
Nick Faldo              3
 
It took Phil Mickelson 47 major starts to finally win his first big one at the 2004 Masters. Since then, the relative floodgates have opened. In half as many major starts since the '04 Masters as he had before then, he's won 4 times, finished runner-up just as many, and finished in the top-5's 1 more time.
 
Phil Mickelson - Majors in Professional Career
            Before      Since
         '04 Masters
Wins           0          4
Starts        46         23
Runner-up      3          3
Top-5's        9         10
 
Only 3 scores in Masters history were ever better than Mickelson’s this week.
 
Lowest Winning Scores - Masters Tournament History
’97 Tiger Woods   -18   
’76 Raymond Floyd   -17
’65 Jack Nicklaus   -17
’10 Phil Mickelson  -16
’01 Tiger Woods     -16
 
Most Majors Won - Active on PGA TOUR
                      Majors won
Tiger Woods                14
Phil Mickelson        4
Padraig Harrington    3
Vijay Singh                 3
Ernie Els                   3
 
Phil Mickelson in Majors - 2nd or T-2nd Entering Final Round
                Trailed by  Finished
'10 Masters         1          Won
'04 U.S. Open       2          2nd
'01 PGA Champ.      2          2nd
'01 Masters         1          3rd
'99 U.S. Open       1          2nd
'98 Masters         2          T-12th
 
Nine of the last 11 Masters winners have finished in the top-4 in GIR pct. Phil hit 75 percent of his greens in regulation, tied for 3rd in the field.
 
Greens In Regulation and Rank - Masters Winners Since 2000
                     GIR pct  Field rank
'10 Phil Mickelson   75.0     3rd
'09 Angel Cabrera    69.4     14th
'08 Trevor Immelman  70.8     2nd
'07 Zach Johnson     61.1     4th
'06 Phil Mickelson   69.4     4th
'05 Tiger Woods      75.0     2nd
'04 Phil Mickelson   73.6     1st
'03 Mike Weir        52.8     37th
'02 Tiger Woods      75.0     1st
'01 Tiger Woods      81.9     1st
'00 Vijay Singh      80.6     1st
 
There have been 7 majors played now since Woods' last win.
 
Longest Streaks of Majors Played Without Tiger Woods Victory, Since 1997
 
10   '02 Open Champ. thru  '04 PGA Champ.
10   '97 U.S. Open   thru  '99 Open Champ.
7<< '08 Open Champ. thru  '10 Masters 
>>Woods: missed 2 majors due to injury in span
 
Looking forward:
 
The last time the U.S. Open was held at Pebble Beach, he put on one of the most dominating displays in golf history, winning by 15 shots. He's already won the British twice at St. Andrews. The PGA Championship will be held at Whistling Straits, a 7500-yard Pete Dye-designed monster that plays into Woods' hands.
 
Tiger Woods PGA TOUR Victories - Other 2010 Major Venues
                   Venue              Career Wins
U.S. Open          Pebble Beach         2 (2000)
Open Championship  St. Andrews          2 (2005)
PGA Championship   Whistling Straits  Never<<
>>Finished T-24th at 2004 PGA Championship
 
Tiger has finished in the top-10 11 times in 14 Masters as a pro.
 
Tiger Woods, Professional Career - Top 10's in Majors
                 Starts Top 10's
Masters            14     11
PGA Championship   12      8
U.S. Open          13      7
Open Championship  12      7
>>Woods has won Masters and PGA 4 times each
 
Tiger Woods - First Event of Year Since 2006
                               Finish
'10 Masters                    T-4th
'09 WGC-Accenture Match Play   T-17th<<
'08 Buick Invitational         Win          
'07 Buick Invitational         Win
'06 Buick Invitational         Win
 
In each of the last 3 majors, Lee Westwood has equaled or improved his best career finish. Westwood is widely regarded as one of the world's best to have never won a major championship. The 2010 U.S. Open will be held at Pebble Beach this year - in 2000, when it was also held there, he finished T-5th.
 
Lee Westwood Best Finishes at a Major
                     Finish
'10 Masters          2nd
'09 PGA Champ.       T-3rd
'09 Open Champ.      T-3rd
'08 U.S. Open        3rd
'04 Open Champ.      4th
 
Westwood finishes 2nd after holding a 54-hole outright lead. Only 2 of the last 5 players seeking their first major victory when sleeping on the lead Saturday night went on to win. Lee Westwood has now finished 3rd or better in 3 straight major championships.
 
54-Hole Outright Lead at Masters - Seeking 1st Major Win, Last 5 Occurrences
                         Result
2010 Lee Westwood         2nd
2008 Trevor Immelman      Won
2007 Stuart Appleby      T-7th
2003 Jeff Maggert         5th
1997 Tiger Woods          Won


Monday, July 23, 2007


Looking back to Sunday July 22nd

The Open Championship
Padraig Harrington shoots Even in a 4-hole playoff to defeat 3rd-round leader Sergio Garcia to win the 2007 Open Championship. More drama on the 18th hole of Carnoustie as Harrington took a 1-shot lead into the final hole before putting his drive into the Barry Burn, dropping and hitting his 3rd shot into the Burn again. Saving a double bogey, Harrington fell one shot behind Garcia. Garcia then lipped out the winning par put, forcing a playoff. Harrington is the 1st Irishman to win the Claret Jug since Fred Daly in 1947 and only the 2nd overall. He also becomes only the 2nd player to win the British Open the year after winning the European Order of Merit (money list). Garcia, who took a 3 shot lead into the final day of play, shot a 2-over 73. It's his second 2nd place finish at a Major (1999 PGA Championship). Andres Romero, from Argentina, finished 3rd after a 4th-round 67. Tiger Woods finished at 2 under and in a tie for 12th. He is winless in the first 3 Majors this seasons, only the 5th time he has been winless in the first 3 Majors since wining the Masters in 1997. Richard Green tied the course record with a 64 and finished 4th.

Largest Final-Round Deficit Overcome:
Open Championship History

                Paul Lawrie             Padraig Harrington
Year            1999                    2007
Course  Carnoustie              Carnoustie
Deficit 10                      6
Final Rd        67                      67
>>Both won in playoff

British Open Playoffs>
All-Time
                         Defeated
'07 Padraig Harrington<< Sergio Garcia
'04 Todd Hamilton        Ernie Els
'02 Ernie Els            Stuart Appleby, Steve Elkington, Thomas Levet
'99 Paul Lawrie  <<      Justin Leonard, Jean Van de Velde
'98 Mark O'Meara         Brian Watts
'95 John Daly            Costantino Rocca
'89 Mark Calcavecchia    Wayne Grady, Greg Norman           
'75 Tom Watson  <<       Jack Newton
'70 Jack Nicklaus        Doug Sanders
'63 Bob Charles          Phil Rodgers
'58 Peter Thomson        Dave Thomas
'49 Bobby Locke          Harry Bradshaw   
>> at Carnoustie

2007 Major Champions>
All Won 1st Career Majors
                                                                Major Start
Padraig Harrington      Open Championship               37th
Angel Cabrera           U.S. Open                       31st
Zach Johnson            Masters                 12th
2003: last time all 4 majors won by 1st-time winners

Sergio Garcia has now entered the final round of a tournament with at least a 3-stroke lead twice in his PGA Career, and both times, he has gone on to lose in a playoff.

Sergio Garcia Largest Leads>
Entering Final Round
                2005            2007
Event           Wachovia        Open Championship
Lead            6               3
Final Rd        E (72)  +2 (73)
Result  T-2nd           2nd
>>Lost in playoff both times

Highest Current World Ranking>
Never Won a Major

Adam Scott              5th
Henrik Stenson  7th
Luke Donald             9th
K.J. Choi               12th
Sergio Garcia   13th
>>Rankings entering Open Championship

Carnoustie played easier this time around, despite the rough finishes among the leaders. 18 golfers shot under par in the 4th round, the fewest of any round during this tournament. However, the last time the Open Championship was in Carnoustie, there were 18 rounds shot under par for the tournament.

Rounds Under Par>
Last 2 Open Championships at Carnoustie
                1999    2007
1st Rd  0       24
2nd Rd  7       19
3rd Rd  3       27
4th Rd  8       18

Tiger Woods did not win the Open Championship, marking only the 5th year since winning the 1997 Masters that Tiger has gone winless in the first 3 Majors of the season. Only once in the previous 4 instances did he bounce back to win the PGA Championship.

Tiger Woods as a Pro>
Years Without Winning 1st Three Majors
                PGA Championship
                Finish
2007            ?
2004            T-24th
2003            T-39th
1999            1st
1998            T-10th


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Wednesday, January 4, 2006


Golf News.- Source GolfDigest.com .- The top putters on the PGA Tour in 2005 are listed in order of their total putting score, followed by their rank in the five categories.

Player
Total
Putting Score
15-20
feet
One-putt
rank
Putts
per GIR
Birdie-
Conversion %
Putts
4-8 feet
1. Ben Crane
43
29
2
3
8
1
2. Joe Ogilvie
57
4
4
12
9
28
3. Bob Heintz
68
1
12
4
5
46
4. Steve Stricker
72
22
1
2
7
40
5. Brenden Pappas
74
8
39
13
3
11
6. Tiger Woods
75
13
12
5
1
44
7. Arjun Atwal
89
41
15
1
4
28
8. Aaron Baddeley
91
61
5
7
14
4
9. José Maria Olazábal
134
3
17
25
67
22
10. Billy Andrade
135
34
20
22
18
41
11. Tim Herron
178
125
8
22
14
9
12. Dudley Hart
180
38
31
34
60
17
13. Chris DiMarco
185
8
28
10
78
61
Ryan Palmer
185
62
52
20
10
41
15. Tag Ridings
187
128
24
16
5
14
16. Phil Mickelson
190
56
12
15
2
105
17. Brian Gay
197
32
8
49
104
4
18. David Toms
205
105
61
10
17
12
19. Scott Verplank
215
89
52
9
12
53
20. Jim Furyk
218
27
57
19
60
55
21. Shigeki Maruyama
228
46
37
49
82
14
22. Charlie Wi
232
152
3
17
40
20
23. Robert Gamez
233
70
9
26
35
53
24. Todd Fischer
238
133
8
7
35
55
25. Zach Johnson
245
14
84
43
60
44
26. Mark Calcavecchia
246
29
55
79
28
55
27. Geoff Ogilvy
252
52
41
17
18
124
28. Kevin Na
257
25
6
61
67
98
29. Brad Faxon
261
152
7
13
25
64
30. J.P. Hayes
265
161
20
40
38
6
31. Paul Azinger
275
133
20
22
22
78
32. Brett Quigley
277
38
68
57
55
59
Marco Dawson
277
27
80
29
52
89
34. Fredrik Jacobson
278
34
44
79
74
47
35. Dean Wilson
287
23
74
26
47
117
36. Stewart Cink
290
94
74
34
82
6
37. Kent Jones
299
52
80
32
42
93
38. Cameron Beckman
305
19
68
49
60
109
39. Mark O'Meara
307
25
18
68
174
22
40. Patrick Sheehan
310
145
61
48
42
14
41. Phillip Price
317
42
28
34
74
139
42. Bob Estes
319
5
44
38
104
128
43. John Huston
322
97
23
29
14
159
44. Daniel Chopra
325
10
36
92
38
149
45. Carl Pettersson
329
93
55
54
60
67
46. Hunter Mahan
338
66
124
74
42
32
47. Hank Kuehne
347
132
44
64
25
82
Brian Davis
347
37
33
127
47
103
49. Brandt Jobe
350
81
107
87
47
28
50. Stephen Ames
355
79
33
110
116
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