This article is part of our PGA Tour Stats Review series.
A new year has arrived and so has the start of the 2017 portion of the 2016-17 PGA Tour season at the SBS Tournament of Champions at Kapalua on the island of Maui in Hawaii. And as a result, here's our first stats thread of the new year.
The first couple weeks of fantasy golf every season are an absolute and complete crapshoot. We have golfers on various agendas, from those who haven't been playing any golf to those who have been playing a lot to those who are about to start a season-starting run to those who are about to take a month off. No one has any idea what to expect this week and stats, even from the fall, aren't that reliable. It's a lot of hopes and guesses. Throw in new equipment and I'm not sure some of the players even know what to expect. So take everything you read and hear from the players themselves with a grain of salt.
Approach Putt Performance
As we talk about every year, the greens at Kapalua are utterly huge – the biggest all year. You're going to have several 60-80 foot putts (and longer) and being able to lag them up close will be a key to who will perform well this week. And yes, there's a stat for that – average approach putt performance. Here are those statistical leaders from 2015-16 in the field this week:
Rod Pampling – on average Pampling leaves his first putt