In the 2017 PGA Tour season, the youngest winner, at age 21, was Si Woo Kim. It was also the season that Rod Pampling won at 47, and 50-year-old Steve Stricker pocketed a million in earnings. Is there a youth movement on Tour...or not?
In a dominant 2017 season, Justin Thomas — all 145 pounds of him — powered past the Tour’s best players with improvements in driving, short game and putting. That's enough to turn top 10s from 2016 into victories in 2017.
Longer than ever? That's what some Tour players pulled off last season. Seems like a good thing, right? Not so fast. As Kevin Chappell and others found out, hitting it longer than ever doesn't always equate to lower scores.
There's an unlimited number of ways to get the ball in the hole, but the best players on Tour? They're trendsetters. Yep, the best five players last year all seemed to do the same things en route to success.
Scrambling for par is one thing. Strokes Gained: Around the Green is another. Since the two can often be similar and also often be different, let's combine them into a new stat: Strokes Gained: Scrambling.
Now that Sergio Garcia is draped in Masters green, the monkey of being the greatest without a major has jumped to another golfer's back, with only the PGA Championship remaining to shake it off this season. Golf's newest bum-luck poster boy? Analytics wiz Mark Broadie crunches numbers and names names.