Who's Mr. Clutch on the PGA Tour?

We crunched the numbers to rank the Tour's most clutch players from 2004 through 2006. Players accrued points by excelling in a variety of "clutch categories," including final-round performance, comeback wins and winning while leading. Points were deducted from players who flitted away leads in the waning moments of a tournament. Our ranking is not "pro-rated," so pros who played on the Tour in all three years (i.e, Bart Bryant) had more opportunities to rack up points than did a player who was a rookie in 2006 (i.e., Camilo Villegas). \n

1. Tiger Woods (55 events, 15 wins)
Points: 219
Lead or shared lead after first round: 7 times, 5 wins
Lead or shared lead after second round: 8 times, 6 wins
Lead or shared lead after third round: 9 times, 8 wins
Number of times with lead or within 5 in final round: 29
Final round scoring average when within 5 of lead: 68.52

2. Vijay Singh (86 events, 14 wins)
Points: 199
Lead or shared lead after first round: 7 times, 3 wins
Lead or shared lead after second round: 8 times, 6 wins
Lead or shared lead after third round: 12 times, 9 wins
Number of times with lead or within 5 in final round: 40
Final round scoring average when within 5 of lead: 70.38\n

3. Phil Mickelson (62 events, 8 wins)
Points: 127
Lead or shared lead after first round: 4 times, 3 wins
Lead or shared lead after second round: 8 times, 4 wins
Lead or shared lead after third round: 10 times, 8 wins
Number of times with lead or within 5 in final round: 27
Final round scoring average when within 5 of lead: 70.77\n

4. Stuart Appleby (73 events, 4 wins)
Points: 64
Lead or shared lead after first round: 4 times, 2 wins
Lead or shared lead after second round: 3 times, 2 wins
Lead or shared lead after third round: 4 times, 3 wins
Number of times with lead or within 5 in final round: 14
Final round scoring average when within 5 of lead: 71.57\n

5. Jim Furyk (64 events, 3 wins)
Points: 55
Lead or shared lead after first round: 5 times, 3 wins
Lead or shared lead after second round: 5 times, 0 wins
Lead or shared lead after third round: 4 times, 2 wins
Number of times with lead or within 5 in final round: 20
Final round scoring average when within 5 of lead: 69.75

T6. Ernie Els (49 events, 3 wins)
Points: 49
Lead or shared lead after first round: 15 times, 1 win
Lead or shared lead after second round: 1 time, 1 win
Lead or shared lead after third round: 2 times, 2 wins
Number of times with lead or within 5 in final round: 16
Final round scoring average when within 5 of lead: 71.75\n

T6. Adam Scott (54 events, 3 wins)
Points: 49
Lead or shared lead after first round: 4 times, 1 win
Lead or shared lead after second round: 4 times, 3 win
Lead or shared lead after third round: 4 times, 3 wins
Number of times with lead or within 5 in final round: 12
Final round scoring average when within 5 of lead: 70.67\n

8. Bart Bryant (75 events, 3 wins)
Points: 46
Lead or shared lead after first round: 2 times, 1 win
Lead or shared lead after second round: 1 time, 1 win
Lead or shared lead after third round: 3 times, 3 wins
Number of times with lead or within 5 in final round: 8
Final round scoring average when within 5 of lead: 69.25\n

9. Chad Campbell (79 events, 2 wins)
Points: 45
Lead or shared lead after first round: 2 times, 1 win
Lead or shared lead after second round: 4 times, 1 win
Lead or shared lead after third round: 3 times, 1 win
Number of times with lead or within 5 in final round: 10
Final round scoring average when within 5 of lead: 69.40\n

10. Sergio Garcia (55 events, 3 wins)
Points: 41
Lead or shared lead after first round: 1 time, 0 wins
Lead or shared lead after second round: 1 time, wins
Lead or shared lead after third round: 3 times, 1 win
Number of times with lead or within 5 in final round: 15
Final round scoring average when within 5 of lead: 71.53\n

T11. Padraig Harrington (42 events, 2 wins)
Points: 40
Lead or shared lead after first round: Never
Lead or shared lead after second round: Never
Lead or shared lead after third round: 1 time, 1 win
Number of times with lead or within 5 in final round: 9
Final round scoring average when within 5 of lead: 70.11\n

T11. Stewart Cink (80 events, 2 wins)
Points: 40
Lead or shared lead after first round: 2 times, 1 win
Lead or shared lead after second round: 2 times, 1 win
Lead or shared lead after third round: 2 times, 2 wins
Number of times with lead or within 5 in final round: 12
Final round scoring average when within 5 of lead: 70.33\n

13. K.J. Choi (74 events, 2 wins)
Points: 32
Lead or shared lead after first round: Never
Lead or shared lead after second round: 1 time, 1 win
Lead or shared lead after third round: 2 times, 2 wins
Number of times with lead or within 5 in final round: 11
Final round scoring average when within 5 of lead: 70.36\n

14. Retief Goosen (52 events, 3 wins)
Points: 28
Lead or shared lead after first round: 1 times, 0 wins
Lead or shared lead after second round: 3 times, 0 wins
Lead or shared lead after third round: 2 times, 1 win
Number of times with lead or within 5 in final round: 17
Final round scoring average when within 5 of lead: 71.76\n

T15. Geoff Ogilvy (72 events, 3 wins)
Points: 27
Lead or shared lead after first round: 1 time, 0 wins
Lead or shared lead after second round:1 time, 1 win
Lead or shared lead after third round: 1 time, 0 wins
Number of times with lead or within 5 in final round: 15
Final round scoring average when within 5 of lead: 71.47

T15. Fred Funk (88 events, 2 wins)
Points: 27
Lead or shared lead after first round:1 time, 0 wins
Lead or shared lead after second round: 1 time, 0 wins
Lead or shared lead after third round: 2 times, 1 win
Number of times with lead or within 5 in final round: 10
Final round scoring average when within 5 of lead: 70.30\n

17. Justin Leonard (76 events, 2 wins)
Points: 27
Lead or shared lead after first round: 1 time, 1 win
Lead or shared lead after second round: 3 times, 1 win
Lead or shared lead after third round: 1 time, 1 win
Number of times with lead or within 5 in final round: 11
Final round scoring average when within 5 of lead: 72.18\n

HOW WE DID IT:

7 points for...

  • leading or co-leading after first round and winning tournament


  • 5 points for...
  • winning a tournament, period
  • leading or co-leading after second round and winning tournament
  • eagle on the final hole and winning


  • 3 points for...
  • birdie on final hole to win by 1
  • win in a playoff


  • 2 points for...

  • leading or co-leading after third round (fourth round at 90-hole events) and winning tournament
  • birdie on final hole to win by 2


  • 1 point for...
  • leading or co-leading after the first round but not winning tournament
  • leading or co-leading after the second round but not winning tournament
  • leading or co-leading after the third round (fourth round at 90-hole events) but not winning tournament
  • birdie on 71st or 72nd hole to qualify for a playoff
  • birdie on final hole to win by 3 or more
  • par on final hole to win by more than 1 stroke
  • birdie on penultimate hole to win


  • -1 point for...
  • bogey on final hole to lose by 2 or more
  • bogey on final hole to get into playoff
  • bogey on penultimate hole to lose
  • loss in a playoff


  • -3 points for...
  • bogey on last hole to lose by one


  • -5 points for...
  • double bogey or worse on final hole to lose


  • No third-round leader/co-leader shot better than a 65 in the final round

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