This article is part of our PGA Tour Stats Review series.
This week on the PGA Tour is at the World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions, which features 43 of the top 50 players in the world. Here's our stats column:
Rory and his New Driver
This image went viral (in the golf world) over the weekend – and it appears @NoLayingUp got it right. There are TaylorMade woods in Rory's bag this week as gears up for the HSBC Champions. The M2 driver and fairway woods have become increasingly popular among Nike converts (Brooks Koepka switched a couple weeks back) and average amateurs, and for Rory, who has always been a fantastic driver of the golf ball, the mere threat of that becoming an even bigger part of his game is lethal.
McIlroy ranked first last year in SG-off-the-tee, ninth in driving distance at 306.8 yards and sixth in total driving. If that improves, watch out.
Before we get to this week's stat let's just highlight who's here this week: McIlroy, Dustin Johnson, Justin Thomas, Danny Willett, Henrik Stenson, Jimmy Walker, Bubba Watson, Rickie, Patrick Reed, defending champion Russell Knox and more.
Here's something to note: some golfers have differing agendas here. Some, like a McIlroy or a Reed, are playing in the Race to Dubai on the European Tour, and this is the start of that stretch. Some are playing and then have time off until Tiger's event the first week of December. Some have been playing a bunch. Some have not. So taking a peek at someone's recent