5 Things You Didn't Know ... Stanford St. Jude Classic
PGA Tour veteran Woody Austin is long off the tee, but driving was not the key to his win in Memphis. GOLF.com goes deep inside the numbers to reveal how he got it done.
Woody Knows Wedges
A final-round 62 propelled 43-year-old Woody Austin into the winner's circle Sunday at the Stanford St. Jude Classic. Going long off the tee all week (he averaged 304.3 yards per drive) set up a lot of short approach shots for Austin, and the man from Derby, Kan., delivered. On shots from 125-150 yards out, Austin led the field with the shortest average leave distance, stopping his ball a scant 9-feet, 6-inches from the cup. The field's average was 23-feet, 10-inches.
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A Bright Spot for Scott
Adam Scott had a three-shot lead going into Sunday and a great chance to win his second PGA Tour event of the season, but he finished bogey-triple bogey-birdie-bogey-bogey-bogey and fell to seventh. However, as the young Australian heads to the brutal fairways of Oakmont Country Club, there is one thing that might raise his spirits he ranked first at the Stanford St. Jude Classic in Total Driving, the combination of average driving distance and percentage of fairways hit. That will be a key statistic at the U.S. Open.
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DT Loves the Little Holes in Memphis
David Toms has two wins at the Stanford St. Jude Classic, and Sunday's third-place finish marked his sixth-straight Top 10 at the TPC Southwind. The former LSU star has one of the steadiest iron games on Tour, and he led the field this week in par-3 scoring, going a cumulative four under par for the week.
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Davis Hears the Starter's Horn
The London resident Brian Davis finished solo second at the Stanford St. Jude Classic, in large part because of his ability to start each round off on the right foot. Davis had a front-nine scoring average of 33.5 (T1) for the week, while the field averaged 35.84.
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Gay's Irons Were Not Solid
On Sunday, Brian Gay was great off the tee, hitting hit 12 of 14 fairway (85.7%), but he was not able to convert that great accuracy into scoring chances. Gay hit only 11 of 18 greens in regulation (61.1%), and his average leave distance on the greens he hit was 44 feet (ranking him T77 for the day).
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