Sabbatini's short game was sensational
Rory Sabbatini is building a reputation as one of the steadiest players on Tour. When his short game matches the quality of his ball striking, as it did at Colonial last week, he can win on any course. For the week, Sabbatini averaged a minuscule 3-foot 10-inch leave distance on shots from around the green (1st), 26.5 putts per round (T1), had no three putts and averaged just 1.667 putts per green in regulation (T4). Sabbatini also drained 58 of 59 putts from 8 feet and closer.
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Perez's aim was true
Pat Perez, who finished tied for 5th last week at Colonial, had his best finish since a T3 at the 2006 Players Championship, and he has his putter to thank for it. For the season, Perez averages 1.786 putts per green in regulation (69th). At Colonial, he averaged 1.679 (7th).
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Low, but not often enough
Four of the top 11 finishers last week at Colonial had a round of 70 or higher during the week - Nathan Green (T5), Jerry Kelly (T7), Kevin NA (T7) and Scott Verplank (T7). But Verplank was the only one with two 70-or-higher rounds (70-66-63-71).
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For Langer, life's a beach
A two-time Masters champion, 49-year-old Bernhard Langer found the greenside bunkers five times at Colonial and got up and down all five times. Although he lost in a three-way playoff to Sabbatini, last week's T2 is Langer's best result on PGA Tour since the 2001 FedEx St. Jude Classic.
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Furyk loves the fours
Ranked No. 3 in the world, Jim Furyk seems to be rounding into form as players prepare for Oakmont. But the 2003 U.S. Open winner does not use power and length off the tee to get it done. Furyk, who leads the Tour in driving accuracy (75.31%), was 1-over-par on par 5s at Colonial Country Club last week. But he used those accurate tee shots, solid iron play and a deft putting touch to go a tournament-best 13-under-par on the par 4s.
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