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PGA Tour Stats…What Can I Say, I Love Numbers

While math has never been a strength of mine, I do love looking at all types of statistics.  Of all the different sports that have well put together websites to find statistics, I enjoy looking at the PGA Tour statistics the most (probably because it feels a little easier to relate to a golfer compared to say an NFL player).  I’ve noticed over the past few years that their site has added a ton of stats to the page.  If you haven’t checked them out, I’d suggest taking a look, even if numbers bore you.  How else would you know that in 2007 Stuart Appleby had a drive stay in the air for 10 seconds?  I can get my Buick up to 80 mph in that amount of time.

I’ll try not to bore you with stats that are disinteresting.  Here are a few of my favorites in addition to Stuart’s hang-time.

  • The longest drive on tour this year isn’t by Holmes, Woodland, Johnson, Quiros, or even Watson, but rather Derek Lamely (419 yards!).
  • John Merrick hit 36 straight fairways at one point this year.
  • Angel Cabrera made a 103’5″ putt this year, the longest since Craig Barlow’s 111’5″ putt in 2008.
  • Tiger Woods has earned $629,863 this year through eight events.  This is still more earnings than other very good players playing more events, such as Ernie Els (18 events), Paul Casey (13 events), Angel Cabrera (15 events), and Justin Leonard (23 events).
  • J.B. Holmes hits the ball an average of 135′ 0″ high (apex height) on par 4′s and 5′s, nearly 21′ higher than the next player, Keegan Bradley.  Shane Bertsch, however, hits the ball an average of 64’2″ high.

There are more stats on there than you can imagine.  Take a look, find something interesting and let me know about it.

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