It's not for nothing that I think this season to be one of the most dramatic in a long while. Here are three PGA Tour stats of the 2018-19 season through the Tour Championship.
First time's the charm
There were fourteen first-time champions this season. Namely J. T. Poston, Collin Morikawa, Dylan Ashley Frittelli, Matthew Wolff, Nate Lashley, Kang Sung-hoon, Max Homa, Corey Conners, Keith Mitchell, Martin Trainer, Adam Long, Cameron Champ, and Kevin Tway with his Safeway Open victory back in October 2018.
That is only four winners short of 2002's record and tied fourth most since records began in 1970.
Jordan Spieth enhanced his reputation by ending with the most putts made from 25+. He drained 28 of them and also topped the average 'putt made' distance at just under five feet. Speaking of that range, Jon Rahm made 98.42% of putts from inside five feet to end the season on top in that category.
60% of the time
Third-round leaders or co-leaders won only 25 of 42 tournaments. That number drops to 18 when you look at second-round leaders and just eight for first-round pacesetters. The highest winning score with par? That belongs to Paul Casey, who won the Valspar Championship at eight under par.
Scoring is the one stat where we often see big names. But, when it comes to driving distance, young stars emerge. Particularly, the defending Sanderson Farms Championship winner, Cameron Champ tops the drive distance rankings, followed by worlds No.2, Rory McIlroy.
DRIVE DISTANCE - 2019
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