Read Article by Ben Alberstadt
It seems that the only guys you hear about on the tour are Jordan Spieth, Jason Day, Rory McIlroy and of course Tiger Woods. But if you really want to get a feel of what it takes to be on top, you also need to look at whose on the bottom, and why. In this post we look at the best and worst players in seven statistical categories: driving distance, driving accuracy, greens in regulation, scrambling, putting, scoring average, and strokes gained.
My personal favorite statistic is driving accuracy, because it is one to which we can easily relate. When your ball lands safely in the fairway you get this surge of confidence that this could really be a good hole; but when you have to search for your ball, you have all manner of negative thoughts running through your head. However, it could also be that your expectations exceed your skill level. The best stat, among the pros, for driving accuracy is 76.88% of fairways hit; the average is 62% and the worst is 50.29%. So if the worst pro on tour is at 50.29%, next time you miss a fairway remember, statistically you are bound to miss fairways. So, just get it back in play.
When looking at the stats of the best and worst tour players, there is a significant disparity. And, with fewer than 250 players on tour, this disparity really validates just how hard it is to win a PGA tour event, and how much harder it is to be in the top tier.