PGA TOUR: A Look at the Top Statistics from 2015

Here’s a breakdown of the top statistics on the PGA TOUR from the 2014-15 season. What do the numbers say about the year that we had on TOUR?

It’s hard for any golfer on TOUR to top the season Jordan Spieth had in 2015. His year consisted of five wins (two majors), four runner ups, one third place finish, and an incredible 15 top 10s. Not hard to see why he won PGA TOUR Player of the Year and the FedEx Cup.

Spieth’s amazing season was good enough for him to led 16 statistics among the TOUR players. As many as that may seem, let’s put it into perspective. When Tiger Woods destroyed his competition in 2000, he finished the year leading 25 stat categories.

Still, it’s hard to compare anyone to Tiger and the season he had in 2000. Even though Spieth was nine categories short of Big Cat, he still led some pretty impressive statistics on TOUR this season. Here’s a look at all 16. (All stats courtesy of PGATOUR.com)

  • Approach the Green
    • Rough Proximity – 37’7″
    • Left Rough Proximity – 35’10”
    • Approaches from 50-125 Yards (RGH) – 19′ 7″
  • Putting
    • Putting Average – 1.699
    • Overall Putting Average – 1.545
    • One-Putt Percentage – 44.26%
    • Putts per Round – 27.82
    • Putter per Round (Second Round) – 27.33
    • Putting from 20′-25′ – 25.93%
  • Scoring
    • Lowest Round – 61
    • Scoring Average – 68.938
    • Scoring Average (Second Round) – 68.67
    • Front Nine Scoring Average – 34.44
    • Late Scoring Average – 69.05
    • Par 4 Scoring Average – 3.93
    • Par 4 Birdie or Better Leaders – 22.54%

He also won over $12 million in earning on TOUR this year which doesn’t include his $10 million bonus for winning the FedEx Cup.

One category you don’t see Spieth leading in is the driving stats. Here’s a look at five of the longest hitters on TOUR in 2015 and some of the longest drives hit.

  • Driving Distance
    1. Dustin Johnson – 317.7 YDS
    2. Bubba Watson – 315.2 YDS
    3. Jason Day – 313.7 YDS
    4. Adam Scott – 311.6 YDS
    5. J.B. Holmes – 309.9 YDS
  • Longest Drive
    • Bernd Wiesberger – 428 YDS, WGC-Bridgestone

Let’s move over to the “Approach the Green” category and see who had the best greens in regulation. GIRs indicate that a golfer is giving themselves birdie opportunities, which lead to lower scores. The more GIRs a pro hits, the more success they will have, so it shouldn’t come as a surprise to see some of these names in the top 10.

  • Greens in Regulation
    1. Henrik Stenson – 73.52%
    2. Jim Herman – 73.23%
    3. Stewart Cink – 72.94%
    4. Will Wilcox – 72.53%
    5. Paul Casey – 72.36%

Jason Day wasn’t too far off the top 5, coming in tied for seventh at 70.83, while the Englishman Justin Rose was in ninth with 70.54 GIRs hit.

Moving onto the green, we already know that Spieth cleaned up as one of the most accurate putters on TOUR this year, but who was close behind?

  • Putting Average
    1. Jordan Spieth – 1.699
    2. Jason Day – 1.712
    3. Dustin Johnson – 1.715
    4. Jason Bohn – 1.724
    5. Daniel Summerhays – 1.726
  • One-Putt Percentage
    1. Jordan Spieth – 44.26%
    2. Andrew Putnam – 43.58%
    3. Phil Mickelson – 43.41%
    4. Jerry Kelly – 43.04%
    5. Brendon Todd – 43.01%

Wrapping up this stats recap, let’s look at what really matters on the PGA TOUR: scoring. Who had the lowest scoring average and avoided bogeys? The top 5 in the scoring average is packed with some names you might recognize.

  • Scoring Average
    1. Jordan Spieth – 68.938
    2. Jason Day – 69.161
    3. Bubba Watson –  69.296
    4. Henrik Stenson – 69.354
    5. Dustin Johnson – 69.585
  • Birdie to Bogey Ratio
    1. Jason Day – 2.24
    2. Jordan Spieth – 1.96
    3. Will Wilcox – 1.77
    4. Bubba Watson – 1.72
    5. Justin Rose – 1.71

Just remember that the statistics tell a story. When you’re looking for a dark horse in fantasy golf, it wouldn’t hurt to take a look at the numbers and see which guys are getting birdies and scoring low. Remember: men lie, women lie, but numbers don’t.