This article is part of our PGA Tour Stats Review series.
This week on the PGA Tour is the OHL Classic at Mayakoba, the next to last event of the 2016 portion of the 2016-2017 PGA Tour season. Here's this week's stats thread:
This is a weird event in that birdies win – similar to Las Vegas last week in that sense – yet the weather can act up with little notice and create windy, tropical conditions. So with that in mind we're going to look at ballstriking as the key stat this week.
Ability to hit it well through the wind = players who should contend this week. Also, enough golf has been played to where I now am comfortable using this season's stats.
Those players in the field this week include:
Harold Varner III
Davis Love III
Our picks here are Varner and Bradley. Varner is in his second full season on Tour and while he hasn't gotten a victory yet he's a great pick if you need a consistent player. This year in three starts he's gone T15-T39-T57 and ranks fifth in greens in regulation, third in SG-off the tee and 22nd in SG-tee to green. I'd look for him to contend again this week in a ballstriker's paradise.
Bradley, meanwhile, has his first back-to-back top-10 finishes in years – it's stunning really how far his game has fallen – going T22-6-T7 to start his PGA Tour season. Early on he ranks 22nd in strokes gained-off the tee, 19th in