Who's Mr. Clutch on the PGA Tour?

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).

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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
  • Players also earned (and lost) points for their final-round scores … Points for players who led or co-led going into the final round: 75 or higher = -5 points 74 = -4 points 73 = -3 points 72 = -2 points 71 = -1 points 70 = 0 points 69 = 1 point 68 = 2 points 67 = 3 points 66 = 4 points 65* = 5 points *No third-round leader/co-leader shot better than a 65 in the final round.

    Points for players who were not in the lead or co-leading going into the final round: 62 = 10 points 63 = 9 points 64 = 8 points 65 = 7 points 66 = 6 points 67 = 5 points 68 = 4 points 69 = 3 points 70 = 2 points 71 = 1 point


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