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Top things to know: The Presidents Cup

October, 2, 2013

Stan Badz/PGA/Getty ImagesThe U.S. has won 7 of the first 9 President Cups, including all 5 at home.
The Presidents Cup tees off starting tomorrow from the Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio.

We take a look at some of the top storylines.

1. The United States has dominated The Presidents Cup over the years, winning outright seven of the nine times it’s been contested. The U.S. is a perfect 5-0 when the event has been held on American soil.

We might know who will win this event by the end of the first day. In the history of The Presidents Cup, the team with the Day 1 lead has won seven of the nine times.

Three times the U.S. has gotten out to a five-point lead, and twice the International squad has been shut out after the first day of competition.

2. Muirfield Village Golf Club hosts this event for the first time. It’s the same course that hosts the Memorial Tournament each year, where Tiger Woods has won five times (in 14 career starts).

In fact, 23 of the 24 players on these teams have played the course in tournament competition, with Hideki Matsuyama being the lone exception.

3. Tiger Woods enters this year’s event tied with Jim Furyk for the most match wins (20) in U.S. team history. He has also provided the winning point in each of the last two Presidents Cups.

Tiger has been fairly dominant in singles play at this event, winning five of his seven career singles matches.

He’s also been strong in foursome matches (alternate-shot), especially compared to the Ryder Cup, where that has been his worst format.

Tiger has come away with 75 percent of the possible points in his 14 foursome matches in The Presidents Cup, while he’s collected less than half that rate in the Ryder Cup.

4. Twenty-year-old Jordan Spieth, who was still an amateur at the University of Texas last fall, will make his Presidents Cup debut, the youngest player ever to compete for the United States. He’s one of four first-timers on the U.S. team, joining Keegan Bradley, Jason Dufner and Brandt Snedeker.

5. American captain Fred Couples will try to win a third Presidents Cup, which would set a record for a captain for either team in this event’s history.

Under Couples’ leadership, the United States has outscored the International team by nine points over the last two events.

Jim Furyk joins the 59 club

September, 13, 2013
AP Photo/Charles Rex ArbogastJim Furyk shot an 8-under 28 on his first nine holes at the BMW Championship on Friday.
Jim Furyk joined a prestigious club on Friday -– the 59 club.

Furyk shot a 59 in the second round of the BMW Championship to become the sixth player to shoot a round of 59 on the PGA Tour. He's the first player to do so since Stuart Appleby in the fourth round of the 2010 Greenbrier Classic.

Furyk, 43, is the first player in PGA Tour history to shoot a 59 with a bogey in the round. Furyk, who shot a 62 four times, bested his previous career-low round by three strokes. He shot six strokes better than any other player at the BMW Championship on Friday.

He hit all 14 fairways, hit 17 of 18 greens, had an impressive 12 one-putts, and totaled just 23 putts. He shot 16-for-17 on putts 15 feet and in, and led the field in Strokes Gained Putting at +4.1.

Furyk is only the second player to shoot a 59 specifically in the second round of a PGA Tour event, the first since Al Geiberger in 1977 at the Memphis Classic.

Despite his record-tying round, Furyk does not have the outright lead through two rounds. He's tied with Brandt Snedeker at 11-under par. Furyk is the second player to shoot a 59 and not have the outright lead after that day. The other player to do so was Chip Beck, who was tied for the lead after the third round of the 1991 Las Vegas Invitational.

Dufner rallies for first major win

August, 11, 2013

US PresswireJason Dufner won his first career major at the 2013 PGA Championship on Sunday.
Jason Dufner shot a 68 in the final round of the PGA championship to win his first career major and third PGA TOUR title overall.

A newcomer on top of the leaderboard is no surprise here at the PGA.

Dufner is the fourth player in last five years to win first career major at the PGA Championship, joining Y.E. Yang (2009), Martin Kaymer (2010) and Keegan Bradley (2011).

Dufner also becomes the 15th different first-time major winner in the last 19 contested and the 19th different winner in the last 21 majors overall. Over the previous 20 majors, there were just 12 different winners.

Dufner trailed by a stroke after 54 holes but that proved to be no obstacle for the 36-year-old, continuing a recent trend of comebacks in majors. All four major winners this year and 15 of the last 19 were trailing entering the final round.

Jim Furyk faded in the final round, shooting a 1-over 71 to finish second. Furyk still has only one major title (2003 U.S. Open), to go along with his three runner-up finishes.

Tiger Woods was not a factor on the weekend and ultimately finished tied for 40th with a plus-4. That matches his worst finish in a major as a professional, excluding events where he missed the cut or withdrew. He also finished tied for 40th at the 2012 Masters.

Woods is now a combined plus-16 in eight PGA Championship rounds at Oak Hill, and has never broken par in any of those rounds.

He is winless in last 18 majors and remains stuck on 14 major wins, which is four behind Jack Nicklaus.

Woods wasn’t the only highly-ranked golfer to struggle at the PGA this weekend. Phil Mickelson, fresh off his Open Championship title, shot a 12-over for the tournament and failed to make par or better in any round. He finished tied for 72nd among the 75 players that made the cut.

Did you know?
Dufner is the sixth golfer to shoot 63 in a round in a major and win. The others are Johnny Miller, Jack Nicklaus, Greg Norman, Raymond Floyd, and Tiger Woods.

Could be 1st time in long time for Furyk

August, 10, 2013

Rob Carr/Getty ImagesThings went right for Jim Furyk on Saturday.
Jim Furyk has the lead through three rounds at the PGA Championship, one shot better than Jason Dufner on a day in which good scores were a lot harder to come by.

Here's a look at some of the statistical highlights that recap Saturday and preview Sunday.

Furyk’s furious run
This is the third time Furyk has held at least a share of the third-round lead at a major. He won the 2003 U.S. Open (his only major win) and finished tied for fourth at the 2012 U.S. Open the previous two times.

Furyk is trying to become the second straight 43-year-old to win a major, joining Phil Mickelson.

The last time two majors were won in same season by players 43 or older: Jack Nicklaus (Masters) and Raymond Floyd (U.S. Open) in 1986.

Since 2003, Furyk is 6-for-7 converting outright 54-hole leads into wins.

Furyk shot 28-over in the first three majors of 2013.

He is trying to join Ben Crenshaw and Julius Boros as the only players to wait more than a decade for their second major title.

If Furyk wins, 41 majors will have been played between his two wins. That would be the longest gap since Hale Irwin (43, 1979-90).

Phil & Tiger bringing up the back
Only Gary Woodland has a worse score than Mickelson after three rounds.

Mickelson is 74th at +10 after shooting 78 on Saturday. He’s only fared worse twice through three rounds of a major, in 1996 at the U.S. Open (tied for 80th) and in 1998 at the Open Championship (tied for 79th).

Mickelson's 78 is his highest third-round score in a major in more than 10 years (2002 PGA Championship was his last score that bad).

Oak Hill does not agree with Tiger Woods. When the PGA Championship was held there in 2003, Woods did not break par in any round and finished in a tie for 39th.

He hasn't broken par in any of the first three rounds this year.

Woods is currently tied for 48th. He’s only had two majors in which he fared worse through 54 holes in a major. He was tied for 95th at the 1996 U.S. Open and tied for 67th at the 2002 Open Championship.

Since 1997, Woods and Mickelson have never had a tournament in which both made the cut and both finished outside the top 50.

The international perspective
Henrik Stenson (7-under) and Jonas Blixt (6-under): are third and fourth respectively. Both are natives of Sweden (no Swedish male has ever won a major).

Adam Scott at five-under is trying to become the first Australian-born player to win two majors in the same season. He’s trying to become the first player to win the Masters and PGA Championship in the same year since Nicklaus in 1975.

Numbers Game: The Heritage

April, 19, 2011
Every week, Numbers Game provides a stat-based look at the PGA Tour at Here are three key numbers to think about this weekend:

56.77: If your favorite player is having to scramble for a lot of pars this week, try not to fret -- the rest of the field should be doing the same. Last year at Harbour Town, the field hit just 56.77 percent of their greens in regulation. That number was the second-lowest on the PGA Tour in 2010; only Pebble Beach the week of the U.S. Open was more difficult (51.78 percent were hit that week).

To offer even further context, this year, 15 of the 20 events on Tour have had the field hit 60 percent or more of their greens in regulation. Last year’s winner, Jim Furyk, hit 61.1 percent of his greens in regulation here en route to victory, his lowest percentage in any of his 16 PGA Tour wins, by far.

However, the numbers say that if you miss the green (and you’re going to miss it a lot -- the average green size of 3,700 square feet makes them some of the smallest on the PGA Tour) players still have a great shot at making par. The PGA Tour has player-specific statistics for 50 events in 2010. Harbour Town was 48th out of 50 (so, third-easiest) in putting average in 2010, 44th in scrambling, and dead last in 1-putt percentage difficulty.

Those numbers speak largely to a consequence of small greens being missed by players, some relatively easy clean-up shots around the green, which in turn result in shorter putts, many for par. The key phrase for this week: up-and-down.

3: There may not be a more obvious pick to succeed this weekend than current world number three Luke Donald. Donald has finished T-3rd, T-2nd here the last two years, is 22-under-par in his past seven rounds at Harbour Town, and is coming off one of his best career finishes in a major -- a tie for fourth at Augusta National.

If you want an early front-runner for PGA Tour player of the year, Donald is probably it. He has a win in what many think is the toughest non-major to win on Tour (WGC-Accenture Match Play), four top-10 finishes in five starts, had the previously mentioned tie for fourth at the Masters, and is currently fifth on the money list. The only two-time winner on Tour this year, Mark Wilson, would beg to differ with that assessment, but when evaluating a total body of work, it’s tough to pick against Donald.

1982: To have the Heritage two weeks removed from the season’s first major championship is a bit jarring to those who follow the Tour week-in and week-out. Traditionally, a closing-hole backdrop of shoreline and that red and white lighthouse have always followed Georgia pines on the schedule. The last time this favorite Tour stop was NOT played the week after the Masters was in 1982. That was the year before last week’s Valero Texas Open winner, Brendan Steele, was born.

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