The unofficial “5th major” once again provided some great entertainment with eventual winner Martin Kaymer trying his best to give the tournament an exciting finish. With all the water around on the last 3 holes nothing is ever certain at Sawgrass. The 17th is obviously the signature hole and since the change of date for the tournament it was generally playing some sort of a wedge for the players and if the green was surrounded by sand or grass they would very rarely miss. The power of water even for the top pro’s!!
The stats for Martin Kaymer make for interesting reading:
Driving accuracy – Tied 39th
Driving distance – 19th
Greens in regulation – 3rd (54 out of 72)
Scrambling – 4th (14 out of 18)
For those of you who don’t follow the stats a green in regulation is when the player finishes on the green in 1 shot on a par 3, 2 shots (or better) on a par 4 or 3 shots (or better) on a par 5. Scrambling is where the player makes a par or better on the holes where they haven’t hit the green in regulation. So while we can see from the stats that Kaymer didn’t drive the ball too badly for the week, he really made his score by being pretty accurate with his approach shots and then getting up and down well when he missed the green. Of course the driving always helps as we know it’s easier to hit the greens from the fairway than the trees!! The moral of the story is that you don’t have to be the best at any one department of the game but if you can be fairly sound and consistent in all areas you won’t go far wrong. Also worth taking another look at the greens in regulation statistic. Kaymer finished 3rd best for the week with 75% of the greens hit. How many players reading this beat themselves up when they don’t get it right 100% of the time?
Kaymers win has also taken him to 221st on the PGA Tour all time money list with $6,040,247. He’s now only one place behind 6 time major winner Sir Nick Faldo ($6,045,627). Interesting to see some of the players still ahead of him such as household names Arron Oberholser ($7,665,22) and Ryuji Imada ($9,181,280)!! Just in case you’re wondering, 18 time major winner the legendary Jack Nicklaus has career earnings of $5,734,031 on the PGA Tour.
While we’re looking at stats let’s take a look at some for the 17th.
Since 2003 there have been 4803 official tournament rounds played at Sawgrass with 525 balls finishing in the water! Click on the link below to see the most famous par made at the 17th.
The last hole in one was in 2002 by none other than ‘The Mechanic’ Miguel Angel Jimenez. This year’s ball count in the water was the lowest for sometime which was mainly due to the slightly easier playing conditions brought about by the tournament date change.
As a final thought, take a look at the link below. At least when you do this there aren’t this many people watching!!