Sunday, 15 December 2013

2013 GP Season Stats Available

Following the conclusion of the last event of 2013 on both major tours in South Africa yesterday, the statistics for the 2013 GP season are now available on Golf Predictor (Other Stats menu, Season Stats options). The numbers have been crunched for all 529 golfers who played at least five tournaments (excluding non-finishes) on the European/US PGA Tour during the course of the GP season (2013 calendar year).

Somewhat surprisingly, Tiger Woods, Henrik Stenson or Adam Scott are in the top four when average finishing position for the season is used as the primary ranking statistic. Despite not winning, Steve Stricker's decision to curtail his season paid off, as he had both the lowest average and was the most consistent among the top performers, albeit from only 13 events. It's no wonder other top golfers are considering following suit! It should be noted though that Adam Scott only played 16 events and Tiger Woods played 18 on both major tours in 2013, so those schedules were not that different from Stricker's.

Tiger had the most wins (5) and Stenson pipped Rose for the most top tens (13) of any golfer in 2013. That corresponds to a leading winning percentage of 27.8% for Woods and a fourth best top ten percentage of 43.3% for Stenson. Because the Swede played 30 tournaments in 2013, Stricker, Woods and Rose all had a higher top ten percentage.

Other somewhat interesting statistics include Lee Westwood, Sergio Garcia and Matt Kuchar sharing the best missed cuts statistic. All three played 25 events without missing a single cut and an honourable mention to Jason Day, who played 21 events while always making the weekend. On the other extreme, Niclas Fasth (27 events) and Robert Allenby (30 events) had the unenviable record of most cuts missed (20) in 2013. Finally, Brendon de Jonge was the hardest working golfer in 2013, playing an impressive 35 weeks of the year (with 5 top tens to show for it). See these and many more interesting 2013 GP season statistics on Golf Predictor!

Note: The course for the Nelson Mandela Championship (2013 GP Season, 2014 European Tour) was shortened slightly and clean and place was in operation due to excessive rain. This skewed the round averages and other statistics slightly for all golfers who played that event and the two rounds of 59 scored there do not count as official records.

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