There is a

Golf Today Northwest - - From The Publisher - By Bob Dun­can,

scale, with even Dustin John­son chang­ing his im­age and de­meanor this year. Ev­ery­one seems to like Jor­dan Spi­eth. His in­ter­views about his rounds are be­com­ing leg­endary and his re­call and pro­fes­sional anal­y­sis of his shots is out­stand­ing— from a strat­egy and mind­set per­spec­tive. If noth­ing else, he’ll have a re­ally good 2nd ca­reer as a golf color an­a­lyst! And the im­por­tant statis­tics don’t lie: Jor­dan Spi­eth’s win­ning Var­don Tro­phy stroke av­er­age was 68.93, and Ja­son Day’s 2nd place stroke av­er­age was 69.161. The next 3 were Bubba Wat­son, Hen­rik Sten­son (0 wins this year!) and Dustin John­son. Driv­ing dis­tance was led by Dustin John­son at 317.7 yards, fol­lowed by Bubba Wat­son at 315.2, and Ja­son Day at 313.7. Here are 3 of your top ranked 5. But in­ter­est­ingly, Spi­eth was way down the list with a driv­ing av­er­age tied for 78th at 291.8, with the tour av­er­age at 289.7. Spi­eth’s av­er­age would have last led the tour in 1994. John Daly was the first player to av­er­age over 300, at 302 in 1997. So what was Spi­eth’s se­cret, since it re­ally wasn’t driv­ing dis­tance? It was putting and scram­bling. In the well-that-makes-sense “strokes gained” cat­e­gory (where the per round av­er­age for the player was bet­ter than the field), Sten­son, Wat­son, Spi­eth, and Day were the top 4. Spi­eth was #8 in strokes gained putting, and 3rd in scram­bling. Where does this leave play­ers like Tiger Woods (79 wins) and Phil Mickelson (42 wins)? With Tiger’s re­cent surg­eries, it’s go­ing to be dif­fi­cult for him to re­gain the form he en­joyed when he won 9 Var­don Tro­phies for low­est scor­ing av­er­age, with his low­est at 67.79 in 2000 and 2007. Their to­tal ri­vals that of Nick­laus (73 wins) and

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from USA

© PressReader. All rights reserved.