Wednesday, March 28, 2012

3Jack Golf PGA Tour Rundown - Week 12

Here's something I wrote 3 weeks ago:

Whether his critics like him or not, Sean Foley has done a tremendous job in turning around Tiger’s swing. And as far as putting goes, Tiger is currently ranked 101st in Putts Gained after a good 3rd and 4th round of putting upped his Putts Gained ranking. However, Tiger is t-1st in Percentage of Putts Made from 3 to 5 feet. Historically, the best putters rank very well from 3 to 5 feet and golfers who improve from 3 to 5 feet tend to ‘get hot’ with the putter eventually.

In other words, I project Tiger to win soon and it wouldn’t surprise me if he flat out dominates the field. And that could even be in the Masters

Tiger's ballstriking continues to be strong and he's made 33 out of 34 putts this year from 3 to 5 feet.

I think the Tiger we will be seeing is more of a great, legendary ballstriker type who will be able to consistently strike the ball well. His putting may still be good, but since he doesn't have to scramble nearly as much as he did in the Haney era, it won't see quite as good as it once was, but in reality he could be on par with those days, putting-wise. I think he will be more consistent of a ballstriker than in the Butch days, but I would be hard pressed to see him reach the pinnacle of ballstriking like he did at times with Butch, particularly at the 2000 US Open.

I think the one thing that separates Tiger and Rory from the rest is that they really work the trajectory and curves of the shots and can hit all of the windows, depending what the shot calls for. It's not that you cannot play great golf hitting one type of shot. It's just that when you can hit all of the windows comfortably, you start to get into the zenith of ballstriking.

Anyway, I had a rough week with my picks at Bay Hill, but since Tiger won and was 7/1 odds (I don't pick anybody better than 25/1 odds), it didn't really matter anyway:

Bo Van Pelt: 28/1 (Did Not Play)
Jim Furyk: 33/1 (t-11th)
Brandt Snedeker: 40/1 (t-63rd)
Spencer Levin: 50/1 (Missed Cut)
Harris English: 80/1 (Missed Cut)

Value Pick: DJ Trahan 125/1 (t-53rd)

Here are my picks for the Shell Open:

Ernie Els: 28/1
Aaron Baddeley: 33/1
John Senden: 40/1
Bryce Molder: 50/1
Bud Cauley: 50/1

Value Pick: Nick O'Hern: 125/1


1. Bubba Watson
2. Tiger Woods
3. Hunter Mahan
4. Paul Goydos
5. Roberto Castro
6. John Rollins
7. Jeff Maggert
8. Heath Slocum
9. Tom Gillis
10. Jason Dufner

175. Tommy Biershenk
176. Ryuji Imada
177. Chad Collins
178. Nick O'Hern
179. Billy Hurley III
180. Steve Wheatcroft
181. Matt Bettencourt
182. Anthony Kim
183. Derek Lamely
184. David Duval


1. Scott McCarron
2. Bo Van Pelt
3. Phil Mickelson
4. Aaron Baddeley
5. Martin Flores
6. Richard H. Lee
7. Johnson Wagner
8. Derek Lamely
9. Chris Stroud
10. Tiger Woods

176. Robert Garrigus
177. Boo Weekley
178. Heath Slocum
179. Troy Kelly
180. Scott Stallings
181. Ricky Barnes
182. Chad Campbell
183. Scott Brown
184. Greg Owen
185. Kyle Thompson


1. Matt Jones
2. Mark Anderson
3. Kevin Kisner
4. Nick O'Hern
5. Ian Poulter
6. Sean O'Hair
7. Daniel Summerhays
8. Johnson Wagner
9. Scott McCarron
10. Cameron Tringale

169. J.B. Holmes
170. Chez Reavie
171. Mathew Goggin
172. Jason Kokrak
173. Jeff Maggert
174. Ryan Moore
175. Heath Slocum
176. Chris Kirk
178. Billy Hurley III
179. Kyle Thompson


1. Troy Kelly
2. Jeff Maggert
3. Padraig Harrington
4. Vaughn Taylor
5. Brendon de Jonge
6. Sergio Garcia
7. Mathew Goggin
8. Ryuji Imada
9. Jeff Overton
10. Steve Stricker

170. Geoff Ogilvy
171. D.J. Trahan
172. Kris Blanks
173. Ryan Moore
174. Billy Hurley III
175. Boo Weekley
176. Scott Brown
177. John Huh
178. Stephen Gangluff
179. Jhonattan Vegas


1. Nick O'Hern
2. Marco Dawson
3. Jeff Maggert
4. Matt Kuchar
5. Robert Allenby
6. Lee Westwood
7. Boo Weekley
8. Tom Pernice Jr.
9. Ernie Els
10. Chad Collins

163. Ryuji Imada
164. Derek Lamely
165. Stewart Cink
166. Sean O'Hair
167. Ryan Palmer
168. Billy Hurley III
169. J.B. Holmes
170. Briny Baird
171. Mark Anderson
172. Jamie Lovemark


1. Nathan Green
2. Justin Rose
3. Gary Woodland
4. Bubba Watson
5. Bo Van Pelt
6. Webb Simpson
7. Nick Watney
8. Robert Garrigus
9. Jason Day
10. Lee Westwood

170. Steve Wheatcroft
171. Erik Compton
172. Derek Lamely
173. Stephen Gangluff
174. Joe Ogilvie
175. Nick O'Hern
176. Ryuji Imada
177. Mark Anderson
178. Richard H. Lee
179. Chad Collins


1 comment:

Nick said...

Hey Rich - Can you show us where Tiger ranks with all of his key stats? Also, I know it's Tiger so we ask for more info, but I'd be curious to know what his stats were like during the heyday vs now. I know that would be tough given that the info is better now than 10 years ago, but I'm still curious.