Thursday, March 24, 2011

2011 PGA Tour Danger Zone Rankings 3.23.11



1……..Scott Stallings
2……..Jim Renner
3……..David Toms
4……..Roland Thatcher
5……..Nick Watney
6……..Paul Stankowski
7……..Chad Campbell
8……..Kevin Chappell
9……..Graeme McDowell
10……..Ryuji Imada
11……..Jim Herman
12……..Phil Mickelson
13……..Davis Love III
14……..Padraig Harrington
15……..Chris DiMarco
16……..Peter Tomasulo
17……..John Senden
18……..Alex Cejka
19……..Joe Affrunti
20……..Brandt Snedeker
21……..Alexandre Rocha
22……..Daniel Summerhays
23……..Martin Laird
24……..Kyle M. Stanley
25……..Jim Furyk
26……..Robert Garrigus
27……..Y.E. Yang
28……..Ben Martin
29……..Billy Horschel
30……..Brendan Steele
31……..Shane Bertsch
32……..Spencer Levin
33……..Brian Gay
34……..Kenny Perry
35……..Marc Leishman
36……..Harrison Frazar
37……..Tag Ridings
38……..Matt Kuchar
39……..Boo Weekley
40……..Heath Slocum
41……..Charley Hoffman
42……..Jason Gore
43……..Geoff Ogilvy
44……..Paul Goydos
45……..Justin Rose
46……..Bubba Watson
47……..Chris Couch
48……..Robert Allenby
49……..Chez Reavie
50……..Chris Kirk
51……..John Rollins
52……..Adam Scott
53……..Aaron Baddeley
54……..Richard S. Johnson
55……..Duffy Waldorf
56……..Stewart Cink
57……..Vijay Singh
58……..Derek Lamely
59……..Retief Goosen
60……..Garrett Willis
61……..Rickie Fowler
62……..Jonathan Byrd
63……..Justin Hicks
64……..Webb Simpson
65……..Ernie Els
66……..Alex Prugh
67……..Joe Durant
68……..Ricky Barnes
69……..David Mathis
70……..J.J. Henry
71……..J.P. Hayes
72……..Kevin Stadler
73……..Ryan Moore
74……..Mark Wilson
75……..Jeff Maggert
76……..Brendon de Jonge
77……..Jason Day
78……..Steven Bowditch
79……..Jason Dufner
80……..Sean O'Hair
81……..Woody Austin
82……..Ian Poulter
83……..Jeff Overton
84……..Vaughn Taylor
85……..David Hearn
86……..Charles Howell III
87……..Steve Marino
88……..Dustin Johnson
89……..Gary Woodland
90……..George McNeill
91……..Michael Connell
92……..Paul Casey
93……..Fredrik Jacobson
94……..Jarrod Lyle
95……..Andres Romero
96……..Sunghoon Kang
97……..Scott McCarron
98……..Ben Crane
99……..Brandt Jobe
100……..Stuart Appleby
101……..David Duval
102……..Troy Matteson
103……..Tom Gillis
104……..Nate Smith
105……..D.A. Points
106……..Troy Merritt
107……..Kris Blanks
108……..Colt Knost
109……..Ben Curtis
110……..Kevin Na
111……..Chris Stroud
112……..Billy Mayfair
113……..Jhonattan Vegas
114……..Arjun Atwal
115……..Stephen Ames
116……..Marc Turnesa
117……..Rory Sabbatini
118……..Tommy Gainey
119……..Pat Perez
120……..Joe Ogilvie
121……..Bill Lunde
122……..Bobby Gates
123……..Cameron Tringale
124……..Scott Gutschewski
125……..Jason Bohn
126……..Jimmy Walker
127……..Matt Jones
128……..Bo Van Pelt
129……..Matt McQuillan
130……..D.J. Brigman
131……..Justin Leonard
132……..Ryan Palmer
133……..Jerry Kelly
134……..Nathan Green
135……..Chris Baryla
136……..Michael Thompson
137……..Hunter Mahan
138……..Steve Stricker
139……..Mike Weir
140……..Zack Miller
141……..Shaun Micheel
142……..Martin Kaymer
143……..Jamie Lovemark
144……..Kent Jones
145……..Luke Donald
146……..Fabian Gomez
147……..Trevor Immelman
148……..Dean Wilson
149……..John Daly
150……..Kevin Sutherland
151……..Zach Johnson
152……..Brian Davis
153……..Chris Riley
154……..Camilo Villegas
155……..Bryce Molder
156……..Kevin Streelman
157……..D.J. Trahan
158……..Carl Pettersson
159……..Jesper Parnevik
160……..John Merrick
161……..Tim Herron
162……..Nick O'Hern
163……..Tim Petrovic
164……..Josh Teater
165……..Keegan Bradley
166……..William McGirt
167……..Chad Collins
168……..Anthony Kim
169……..Blake Adams
170……..Cameron Beckman
171……..Michael Putnam
172……..Bill Haas
173……..Matt Bettencourt
174……..J.B. Holmes
175……..Johnson Wagner
176……..Angel Cabrera
177……..Lucas Glover
178……..Rocco Mediate
179……..Michael Bradley
180……..K.J. Choi
181……..James Driscoll
182……..Martin Piller
183……..Charlie Wi
184……..Bio Kim
185……..Hunter Haas
186……..Steve Flesch
187……..Joseph Bramlett
188……..Greg Chalmers
189……..Michael Sim
190……..Kevin Kisner
191……..Brad Faxon

4 comments:

pecholette said...

R3J--been reading all your posts on the danger zone, very interesting and thought-compelling. So, the upshot is for the average golfer, two ways to go: work hard on driving it long and straight past the DZ, or learn to hit the long irons/hybrids accurately from the DZ. This would take pressure off trying to bomb it everytime. Also, keep it below the hole, and less emphasis on GIR.

Rich H. said...

you're close. Even the longest bomber on Tour still needs to perform somewhat well in the Danger Zone. They aren't going to avoid it because of par-3's on tour. Plus, if you don't quite catch a driver and you're on a long par-4, you're going possibly find yourself in the Danger Zone.

I've found that usually the longest driver on Tour averages about 14 Danger Zone shots in a 4-day tournament. The shortest averages 20 Danger Zone shots. Those 6 shots are important, but since 14 shots is still quite a few shots, Bubba Watson or Garrigus can't afford to just hack it up there. Garrigus is actually very good from the Danger Zone.

I would say for the average golfer they should probably not be so quick to just 'bad scoring' as the fault of bad putting and bad short game. It can very well be the fault of ballstriking. And if you're in the Danger Zone, it's not only easier to miss the green, but easier to leave yourself with an impossible up and down and it doesn't matter if you're a 10 handicapper or Phil Mickelson...you probably have almost no chance of getting up and down.

I would direct more effort towards the Danger Zone shots regardless. But, if you are long off the tee, there's an advantage to that...less danger zone shots.

Anonymous said...

"Ryuji Imada"

Really? A number of these guys are generally consider poor ball-strikers. What gives?

Rich H. said...

Typically Imada hasn't been that good in the Danger Zone. Like I stated, it's early in the year. The sample size isn't that big, so somebody who has a good week ballstriking can be on top. Scott Stallings has only played a few tourneys so far. He may be really good, may not. Either way, I wanted to keep track so we could possibly see what's going on here.

Also, this isn't exactly 'ballstriking.' It's Danger Zone play. Phil Mickelson is considered a great player, but not a good ballstriker. And statistically he's a poor putter. There's a reason why he can play so well, for all of his faults, he's consistently really good in the Danger Zone.

Plus, I'd rather get something more concrete when it comes to discussing 'good ballstrikers' rather than to take it at face value.





3JACK