This article is part of our PGA Tour Stats Review series.
This week is the Valspar Championship at Palm Harbor, Fla., near Tampa, where you'll hear a lot of talk about the Snake Pit and other characteristics of the Copperhead Course at Innisbrook. Here's our stats thread.
How Did It All Go Wrong?
We talk a lot about those who did well but not enough about those who played poorly when it counted. It's interesting to dive in and see what happened. Lee Westwood went from a potential victory at the WGC-Mexico Championship to a final-round 78 and a T28 finish following a Saturday 66. What went wrong? From an obvious perspective: he made too many bogeys or worse – three bogeys and four double bogeys – which you can't do to win. But from a stats perspective, he hit his second most fairways for the week and his least amount of greens but only by one (11 of 18). Nothing crazy. However, he putted atrociously – he lost 4.011 strokes to the field Sunday on the greens after being in positive territory all week. Furthermore, his short game didn't help his cause as his strokes gained-around the green figure was -2.521. Altogether that added up to a loss of 6.868 strokes to the field and a really disappointing finish for the guy who most people agree is one of the best players never to win a major in this generation.
That's the key at the Copperhead course – be accurate off the tee, hit greens, make putts. That