5 Things You Didn't Know ... AT&T National
GOLF.com goes deep inside the numbers to explain how K.J. Choi won his second tournament of the year and why Stuart Appleby should spend more time on the practice green.
Choi drove well, but putted even better
K.J. Choi, winner of the Memorial in June, enjoyed a great week from the tee box. His average drive was 308.8 yards (T15) and he found 73.2% of the fairways. But it was Choi's putting that earned him the W at the AT&T National. Using an extremely oversized putter grip, Choi ranked second in the field at Congressional in putts per green in regulation at 1.68. On the season Choi ranks 44th at 1.77.
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Par-5 gaff a rarity for Woods
The world's No. 1 player usually licks his chops at the sight of a par 5. He ranks third on the PGA Tour in par-5 scoring average at 4.54, but the 9th at Congressional took a bite out of Tiger on Sunday. He made a 7, his only double-bogey of the week and his first on a par 5 in a non-major since the second round at the Arnold Palmer Invitational on March 16th.
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No such thing as a gimmie for Appleby
Stuart Appleby missed a 3-foot-7-inch putt on the 232-yard par-3 2nd to score a double-bogey 5. By Tour standards, the Australian is anything but automatic on short putts, ranking 148th from 4 feet and 175th from 5 feet for the season.
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Stricking to his game plan
Steve Stricker has averaged 280 yards off the tee in 2007, making him shorter than the average PGA Tour player (286.8). But the former All-American at the University of Illinois knows how to play to his strengths. At the AT&T National, Stricker's average leave distance on shots hit from between 50-125 yards (a typical lay-up range) was 9-feet 8-inches (first), and he was fourth in putts per green in regulation (1.69).
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Furyk is a fast starter
Jim Furyk was one of four players to share the lead at the AT&T National after the first round, and that's not surprising. Furyk leads the PGA Tour in first-round scoring average at 69.00, which is 2.7 strokes better than the Tour average. Furyk's problems usually start in the third round, when his scoring average falls to 71.62, which ranks 107th.
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