Sunday, May 12, 2013
Woods keeps winning, owning Par 5s
By ESPN Stats & Information
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Tiger Woods had the right touch in his PLAYERS Championship win.
The wins keep coming for Tiger Woods, at a pace unlike any other year in which he's been a professional golfer.
Here's a recap of the best notes from his win at the PLAYERS Championship on Sunday.
• This was Woods’ 300th career PGA TOUR start and his 78th career victory. Woods has done well in round-number starts. He also won his 100th and 200th career starts.
• This was Woods’ fourth win in seven events this season. It’s the fewest starts he’s needed to reach four wins in any season in his career and marks only the second time he’s had four wins before June 1 (the other was in 2000, a year in which he won nine tour events).
• Woods has now won 53 of 57 tournaments, when leading or tied for the lead after 54 holes.
• Woods was a tournament-best 12-under on the par-5s this week. It was the second time this season that Woods led the field in par-5 scoring.
He also did it in his win at the Arnold Palmer Invitational. He has won all four events this season in which he was 9-under or better or the par-5s.
• Woods’ average approach shot from the fairway stopped a season-best 26 feet, 5 inches from the pin during the Players Championship. His irons were the key.
He led the field in proximity to the hole from the fairway on shots from 100 yards or longer (27 feet, 8 inches).
Woods hit the green or fringe in regulation a season-high 79 percent of the time, fourth-best in the field.
It was the eighth time in the last two seasons that he hit the green or fringe in regulation on more than 75 percent of his attempts. In those eight events, Woods has four wins and eight top-10 finishes.
• Woods has now won on Mother's Day twice in his career. The other was a one-shot win over Jay Don Blake in the 1998 BellSouth Classic. Woods has won on Father’s Day three times (all being U.S. Open wins).
• This was Woods’ 78th PGA TOUR win. The only person he’s chasing on the PGA TOUR wins list, Sam Snead (82 career wins), didn’t win his 78th PGA Tour event until he was 46. Woods is 37 years old.