The PGA Tour season is well under way having started last October with the Frys.Com Open. The Honda Classic is the first event in the tour’s Florida swing and I tough it interesting to look at the Four Horsemen of Team New England’s full time players on the PGA Tour.
Scott Stallings leads the way with earnings of $810,092 having made 7 cuts in 8 starts with a scoring average of 71.582. Scott is 28th on the Money List and ranked 29th in the FedEx race through the Farmers Insurance Open where he came close to defending his 2014 Farmers win finishing T-2nd after a four man playoff crowned Jason Day the 2015 champion.
Keegan Bradley has made the cut in his 5 starts with earnings of $438,789. Keegan’s scoring average is currently 70.975 with a FedEx standing of 80th and 63rd on the Money List. He finished T-4th in the Northern Trust Open.
Jon Curran is our rookie on the PGA Tour this year. Although he has made just 3 cuts in 10 starts, Jon’s earnings are $321,644. Curran takes a 71.204 scoring average into the Honda Classic. The rookie finds himself 84th on the Monday List and 107th in the FedEx race. Jon’s highest finishes thus far are T-8th in the Frys.Com Open and T-10th in the AT&T National Pro Am at Pebble Beach.
J.J. Henry, in spite of perhaps his worst PGA Tour season last year, has kept grinding. As a result he has made 7 cuts in 9 starts earning $239,329 with a scoring average of 70.916. J.J.’s highest finish thus far is a T-11TH in the Farmers Insurance Open. Our baby faced TNE member has been a steady player since joining the PGA Tour full time in 2000.
This year the PGA Tour has expanded their player statistics to provide a more complete look into a player’s performance. That said, there are two stats that interest me; GIR, (Greens in Regulation), and Overall Putting. These numbers are often good indicators of how effective and consistent, scoring wise, players are.
The Overall Putting statistic is the area indicate Bradley, Henry and Curran could use some improvement with rankings of 157th, 177th and 180th respectively. Stallings is 88th in Overall Putting. In the GIR area, Keegan is 129th, Scott 137th while Jon’s GIR rank is 32nd and J.J.’s 12th.
When you put those two statistics side by side you see Putting is still the key to winning. With just a little improvement I won’t be surprised to see one or more wins out of Team New England’s Four Horsemen in 2015.WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?