Strokes Gained Stats – PGA TOUR 2019

We have reached the PGA TOUR off season, a whopping two weeks until the 2019-2020 season kicks off. It was a wild ride, from the Big Cat winning The Masters (which seems like three years ago) to Rors taking down the $15M FedExCup Championship. We saw two Monday qualifiers win events and an Irishman win the first Open Championship played in Northern Ireland in 60 years.

Brooksy flexed on slow play and Bryson made himself look like a self-righteous arrogant jackass. JT looked at his fake watch, Jordan showed some signs of life and Phil became a social media superstar. And as my man Kis says “this ain’t no hobby.”

In the year of “bomb and gouge” I thought it would be interesting to look into the phenomenon of the Strokes Gained stats. Does drive for show, putt for dough really still apply? We’ll find out next. We’ve included the top 10 and ties in the five Strokes Gained categories (leaving out Strokes Gained Total, because, well, duh, that’s like all of it combined and would kind of take away from the content of this post).

Listed is official money, which means money won in tournaments only and not FEC bonuses or any other silly bonuses (see unnamed hotel brand). Which stats really pay?

STROKES GAINED: TEE 2 GREEN (SGT2G)

Rank Player Official Money Money List Rank
1 Rory McIlroy $ 7,785,286 2
2 Justin Thomas $ 5,013,084 8
3 Hideki Matsuyama $ 3,335,137 23
4 Adam Scott $ 4,084,541 14
5 Patrick Cantlay $ 6,121,488 4
6 Paul Casey $ 4,257,040 13
7 Byeong Hun An $ 1,990,033 55
8 Dustin Johnson $ 5,534,619 7
9 Corey Conners $ 2,919,864 28
10 Jon Rahm $ 4,990,110 9
Average $ 4,603,120 16

STROKES GAINED: OFF THE TEE (SGT)

Rank Player Official Money Money List Rank
1 Rory McIlroy $ 7,785,286 2
2 Patrick Cantlay $ 6,121,488 4
3 Adam Scott $ 4,084,541 14
4 Justin Thomas $ 5,013,084 8
5 Webb Simpson $ 4,690,572 10
6 Jon Rahm $ 4,990,110 9
7 Hideki Matsuyama $ 3,335,137 23
8 Xander Schauffele $ 5,609,456 6
9 Brooks Koepka $ 9,684,006 1
10 Paul Casey $ 4,257,040 13
Average $ 5,557,072 9

STROKES GAINED: APPROACH THE GREEN (SGAPG)

Rank Player Official Money Money List Rank
1 Henrik Stenson $ 1,397,370 81
2 Justin Thomas $ 5,013,084 8
3 Emiliano Grillo $ 1,752,114 62
4 Adam Scott $ 4,084,541 14
5 Hideki Matsuyama $ 3,335,137 13
6 Jason Kokrak $ 2,330,212 44
7 Jim Furyk $ 2,669,938 34
8 Paul Casey $ 4,257,040 13
9 Corey Conners $ 2,919,864 28
10 Patrick Cantlay $ 6,121,488 4
Average $ 3,388,079 30

STROKES GAINED: AROUND THE GREEN (SGARG)

SGARG
Rank Player Official Money Money List Rank
1 Byeong Hun An $ 1,990,033 55
2 Bud Cauley $ 1,090,018 97
3 Brandt Snedeker $ 3,122,936 26
4 Aaron Baddeley $ 904,982 122
5 Stephan Jaeger $ 623,145 151
6 Patrick Cantlay $ 6,121,488 4
7 Kevin Na $ 2,257,309 46
T8 Matt Jones $ 1,024,852 108
T8 Justin Thomas $ 5,013,084 8
10 Adam Scott $ 4,084,541 14
Average $ 2,623,239 63

STROKES GAINED: PUTTING (SGP)

Rank Player Official Money Money List Rank
1 Denny McCarthy $ 925,156 119
2 Jordan Spieth $ 2,124,192 51
3 Dominic Bozzelli $ 668,449 145
4 Graeme McDowell $ 1,671,523 65
5 Andrew Putnam $ 2,439,137 40
6 Aaron Baddeley $ 904,982 122
7 Patton Kizzire $ 995,341 114
8 Wyndham Clark $ 1,278,721 89
9 Vaughn Taylor $ 1,723,910 63
10 Beau Hossler $ 645,795 148
Average $ 1,337,721 96

NUMBERS DON’T LIE

I must admit, this is even crazier than I thought it would be. Forget what’s in between, the difference between SGT and SGP is absolutely wild man. “Ball Striker’s Paradise” was a seemingly over used term this season, but it ain’t no bull. Over $3M variance in average money earned between SGT and SGP. The average rank of the SGP group would not have even sniffed qualifying for the second FEC Playoff event.

This will put the strokes gained stats in perspective, wins by category leaders:

SGT2G – 9

SGT – 12

SGAPG – 4

SGARG – 3

SGP – 1

It certainly isn’t earth-shattering that success off the tee has surpassed success on the putting green but the gap continues to widen. I’m out, I need to go find some speed.

The Doctor Is Out…

Doc Mulligan

docmulligan@mygolfgeek.com

2 Comments

  1. SGT baby! When you find that elusive extra 5 mph on the swing speed machine please give us a how-to.

    Love,

    Stuck at 105

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