Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

ShotLink Facts

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

ShotLink Facts

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Times-Union golf writer Garry Smits picks his five favorite ShotLink statistics from the 2004 PGA Tour season:

1 Lee Westwood's scoring average in rounds where he had morning starting times was 72.88, more than 1.5 strokes higher than the Tour average. When the British party boy had afternoon starting times, he averaged 70.28, 1.25 strokes lower than the Tour average.

Comment: Does the phrase "last call" explain this stat?

2 The average first putt by PGA Tour players was 32 feet, 2 inches.

Comment: Someone brought down the average from all those shots Vijay Singh was stuffing near the hole.

3 When Tour players missed the fairway, 13.3 percent of the shots went in the left rough and 14.2 percent went in the right rough.

Comment: Fans were ducking on an equal basis.

4 Sixteen players went through an entire tournament without missing a putt between 4 to 8 feet. None of them won.

Comment: They all must have been putting for par. …

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