So the week I don’t report on PGA Tour stats, the week of the US Open itself, one of the golfers I had touted in prior weeks manages to win the darn thing. All hail Justin Rose! I did want Lefty to win but I knew my numbers begged otherwise. I’m glad it turned out the way it did, truly.
No excuse blogging here without reporting on the present tournament, The Travelers Championship at TPC River Highlands. Here are my top 4 for the week:
JUSTIN ROSE: 6th in overall GIR%, 2nd in scoring average, 2nd in sand saves, leader in total driving, 2nd all-around. Leads in Par 5 birdie-or-better, 6th in scoring average before cut, 3rd in ball striking, 7th in Par 4 performance, 2nd in ‘average going for it shot distance in yards’. Distance: 3rd in approaches from over 200 yards, 1st in GIR% under 75 yards, over 200, and under 100. Radar: Carry distance and efficiency are in the top 10.
Justin makes his 7th appearance on this course. Best finish was a tie for 9th both in 2007 and 2011. 2011 score of -11 is his best score here.
Excellent cycles for the new US Open champion, with a mini-triple high starting today, feeling very sure of his decision-making process after some minor fuzziness.
GRAHAM DELAET: 6th in driving distance, 1st in GIR%, 2nd in total driving. 10th in scoring average before cut. Leads in ball striking. 3rd in Par 5 performance. 9th in ‘average going for it shot distance’. 2nd in GIR% over 200 yards, 8th 175-200, 5th 125-150. 4th in GIR% from other than fairway. Radar: Top 10s in club head speed, ball speed, distance to apex, apex height, hang time, carry distance.
4th appearance at this course, missing 1 cut. Best finish: tied for 68th, both in 2010 and 2012. Best score: even par, 2010.
Ugly cycles for Graham, as he’s in a triple-low. Don’t expect him to be around on Saturday.
BRENDON DE JONGE: 10th in scoring average, 10th in ball striking, 1st in Par 5 performance.
Makes his 6th appearance at this course. Missed the cut twice. Best finish: 2012, tied for 8th. Best score: -11, 2012 and 2010.
Mixed bag here. Might be difficult for him as he goes through an emotional critical day on Round 2.
CAMERON TRINGALE : 7th in sand saves.
4th appearance, making only cut in 2012, finishing tied for 15th, -9.
Coming out of long triple-low period, Feeling a lot stronger for the 4 days but prone to making mental errors.
Rose looks the best of the 4 here.