Facts, figures from last 10 years on the PGA
I came across some interesting facts and figures this week pertaining to the PGA
Tour’s first 10 years of play in the new millennium. You could either wow them
with your vast knowledge or stump them in a little question and answer (or
question and guess) session.
Your choice, obviously, but check out some of these things compiled by the PGA
Tour media staff.
MOST WINS – Tiger Woods, 56; Vijay Singh, 26, Phil Mickelson 24. Most notable
among other multiple winners were those in this group: Retief Goosen, Sergio
Garcia, Mike Weir, Davis Love III, K.J. Choi and Adam Scott. (Most of Goosen’s
wins came early in the decade; Garcia has never blossomed into what’s been
expected of him, underperforming only a little worse than Scott.)
MOST TOP 10s – Woods (121), Singh (118), Mickelson (96). Surprising names on
this list: Jerry Kelly (62), Scott Verplank (60).
MOST HOLES IN ONE – Robert Allenby (6). There have been a total of 310.
MOST OF THOSE RAREST OF BIRDS, THE DOUBLE EAGLE – Tim Petrovic (3). In 10 years,
there were only 38 recorded.
TOURNAMENT FACTS – 479 contested, 169 different winners, 103 playoffs, played in
28 states and nine countries outside the United States. There were 18 winners
from countries other than the United States.
INTERNATIONAL WINNERS – 45 different players, 152 victories by internationals.
Australia had the most individual winners, 12, and the most wins by one country,
33. Vijay Singh led the way with 26 wins, followed by Ernie Els with 9.
MAJOR CONCERNS – 22 players won major championships, Woods won 12 of them.
Padraig Harrington and Mickelson won three each.
YOUNG GUNS – An even two dozen rookies won during the span and 14 of those have
won again. Forty-four different players in their 20s registered wins, with the
20-somethings winning 117 times. Thirteen of them won in 2008. You’ll be shocked
to know that Tiger Woods recorded 31 wins in his 20s.
STILL FIRING IN THEIR 40S – Just to show that their still plenty of ammunition
in the guns of those players in their 40s, 39 different guys in that age group
posted wins. They won a total of 86 times during that time, including 10
different players in 2003. Fourteen of the 40-somethings won that year, the most
of any year. Leading individual? Yep, the affable Singh, with 22.
AND LAST, BUT NOT LEAST, MOST MONEY WON – Gee, now there’s a toughie. While it
may not have taxed you to come up with Tiger Woods as the answer, how about the
total he won? Would you believe $76,349,910?
Useless Information from the PGA tour 2005
- A record 78 players earned $1 million or more
in 2005. A record 30 earned $2 million or more
- Seven rookies were able to finish in the Top
125 this year -- Sean O'Hair, Greg Owen, Joey Snyder, James Driscoll, Brian
Davis, D.J. Trahan and Ryuji Imada.
- Sean O'Hair became only the third rookie in
history to win $2 million or more, joining Todd Hamilton and Zach Johnson,
both of whom did it in 2004.
- David Frost set a new PGA TOUR record for
fewest putts in a 72-hole tournament when he used the flat stick only 92
times at the MCI Heritage.
- Scott Hend led the TOUR in Driving Distance
with a 318.9-yard average and became the first non-American to win that
- A total of 17 countries were represented among
the Top 125 players this year -- the U.S., Fiji, South Africa, Spain,
Ireland, Australia, England, Japan, South Korea, Sweden, Northern Ireland,
Canada, Paraguay, India, Trinidad & Tobago, Germany and Zimbabwe.
- Ted Purdy played the most rounds on TOUR this
year with 122. He led this same category last year when he played in 112
- Patrick Sheehan and Todd Fischer had the most
starts on TOUR -- 35.
- D.A. Points had the longest drive of the year,
a 442-yarder at the Buick Championship.
- Players in their 20s won 14 times this year
while the 30-somethings claimed 21 and the 40-and-over set won 13 times.
- Vijay Singh had the most top-10s on TOUR with
18. Tiger Woods was second with 13.
- Tiger Woods finished among the top three in 12
of his 21 starts.
- Vijay Singh had the most rounds in the 60s
with 56. Jim Furyk and Heath Slocum were second with 44 each.
- The youngest winner on TOUR was Sean O'Hair at
the John Deere Classic -- 22 years, 11 months and 29 days. The oldest winner
was Fred Funk at THE PLAYERS Championship -- 48 years, 9 months, 14 days.
- Chris DiMarco set a new record for money won
without a victory -- $3,562,548.
- Kent Jones made the most putts from 25 feet
and beyond with 32. Bo Van Pelt and Briny Baird each made 31.
- Tournament winners hailed from nine countries
this year — the U.S., Australia, Fiji, Ireland, Spain, New Zealand, South
Africa, South Korea and Sweden.
- Vijay Singh was 185-under par for the season
to lead the TOUR.
- There were 12 Australians among the top 125 on
the money list, first among the international set. Five players each from
England and Sweden cracked the top 125 along with four from South Africa and
three from Japan.
- Tiger Woods increased his earnings $5,262,552
from 2004. That’s the largest one- season increase in TOUR history.
- Even the statistical leaders had an
international flavor. In addition to Aussie Scott Hend’s win in Driving
Distance, Spain’s Sergio Garcia led in Greens In Regulation and Canada's
David Hearn in Total Driving. India’s Arjun Atwal led the Putting category
while South Africa’s Brenden Pappas led in Eagles.
- Jim Furyk and Corey Pavin led the TOUR on the
par 3s, playing them in 12 under. Tiger Woods led all players on par 4s at
53 under and Vijay Singh led the TOUR on par 5s at 155 under.
- Alex Cejka lead the tour with 16 missed putts
under 3 feet
- John Cook made all his 562 under 3 foot
putt attempts in 2004
- Davis Love hit the longest drive of 2004 - 476
yards (Kapalua 18th)
- Brad Faxon went 20 straight rounds without a
- Scott MCCarron went 15 consecutive sand saves
- Ernie Els was 185th in fairways hits - No one
of the top 7 money winners was better than Mickelson at 120th.
- Easiest fairway to hit - Harbourtown 18th -
97% hit it at the MCI Heritage
- Most visited bunker - 11th TPC Sawgrass - 47%