Here are some great stats of Z vs. field in the 2007 Masters.
He dominated the field. Yet his Master's score is an asterisk as
highest winning total at Masters. So I compared same exact comparative
stats in 2010 Colonial, where his winning score also dominated field and in
this case was the all time low record for that event.
Very Interesting! He was 3.3 shots on average better than
the field at the Masters, and 3.8 shots on average better than the field at
Colonial. So very close! More interesting, his great final round of
64 at Colonial was 4.5 shots better than the field average for the week.
Which was fantastic. He made 100 feet of putts on the back 9 Sunday
to shoot the 64.
But his Masters final round of 69 was 6.5 shots better than the
field for the week! That final round 69 at the Masters must go down as
one of the great final rounds to win the Masters in History!!!!! 27 Putts
in final round (a chip in birdie on 8 and 5 putting birdies). On maybe
the toughest greens ever at Augusta.
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While many golfers sat silent in the early days of the USGA's planned period to listen to input, there has been a wave of opinions lately which seem destined to help the USGA and R&A make the right decision on this one. The right outcome now is clearly for the USGA and R&A to simply drop the proposal to limit the use of anchored putting, and move on.
While I appreciate the opinions of those behind the original proposal, as there may have been a time that this decision would have been seen as a really good one and could have been easily implemented (40 years ago), there was never the burning issue at this time where those in favor of a ban (non anchored traditionalists) could justify the unfair ramifications a ban would bring to those that it would impact the most. Golfers having won fair and square using anchored strokes at all levels are at risk of having their achievements questioned. The only way to make sure this never happens is to drop the ban. Golfers using the anchored stroke have spent thousands of hours of practice making themselves the best they can be. Those hours can never be replaced. The only way to arrive at a fair resolution is to drop the proposed ban. And golfers that have used anchored putters at all levels have never been proven to be able to rise above their non anchoring peers at any level in terms of statistically proven performance. So dropping the ban puts nobody in any field at an unfair advantage or disadvantage.
By dropping the proposed ban now, the USGA and R&A have so much to gain. They tried to do what they thought was the right thing, which is to be admired. But they also left open a 100 day period for input from various organizations and the golfing public, which again is to be admired. They could have slammed the door shut, but they said they were open to new ideas, different ideas, and outside perspectives. They have now heard from nearly every important organization in golf, including the PGA of America, the PGA Tour (not officially yet), the National Golf Course Owners association, and thousands of very prominent golfers that this ban is not necessary, not fair, not in the best interests of the game.
By listening to these various interest groups, and doing the right thing by dropping the ban, everyone wins. Those most threatened by the ban win. Those who don't anchor but love the game win, because we avoid a terrible situation of possible legal action and reputation bashing. Golf wins because it can move forward and pursue its goals of becoming more inclusive, not less inclusive. The PGA Tour wins because some great members and champions are able to start focusing on their golf games and not worry about being bullied and threatened (Keegan Bradley, Ernie Els, Bernhard Langer come to mind). And the USGA and R&A win, because changing one's mind based on input and information that one may not have actually considered is the ultimate in leadership. Three cheers for the USGA when they finally do the right thing.
(from NGA Tour's website) Curran becomes second Vandy alum to win MOS -
Tallahassee, Fla.– February 16, 2013 – Jon Curran outlasted Chris Ross in a two-hole playoff to claim the NGA TOUR’s Members Only Shootout at Killearn Country Club on Saturday afternoon.
The victory for Curran was his first in 57 starts on the NGA Pro Golf Tour and earned the former Vanderbilt golfer free entry fees into every event on the 2013 NGA TOUR Pro Series schedule.
“It feels really great,” said Curran, a native of Hopkinton, Mass. “The NGA TOUR has done a great job over the years, and I think this year is going to be just as good. You can trust the events out here, and the tour attracts some great players. I’m looking forward to it. I think it’s going to be a great season.”
Curran and Ross got off to great starts in the opening round, posting scores of 63 to separate from themselves from the field by four shots going into the final round.
“I put the ball in play on Friday and the conditions were ideal to put up a good number,” said Curran, who earned $18,500 for the victory. “My wedges were good and I had a lot of chances to make birdies. I think I had 25 putts, so I was putting really well.”
Curran started the day tied for the lead with Ross at 9-under par, but the former Commodore found himself trailing by two shots at the turn after going out in 2 over.
“I’ve been working with a sports psychologist and I basically tried to stay in the moment,” said Curran, who joined Vandy alum Hudson Johnson as a winner of the Members Only Shootout. “I knew I was playing well and trusted it. I knew I could perform throughout the round.”