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Is this stat proof that Inbee Park is the best putter in all of golf?

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The PGA Tour has embarked on a data driven revolution over the past decade, and with the unveiling of KPMG Performance Insights, the LPGA is following suit.

Beginning at the 2021 LPGA MEDIHEAL Championship in June, the KPMG team has gathered data from over 240,000 individual LPGA Tour Shots.

While there were a number of a fascinating conclusions that Justin Ray this week highlighted for LPGA.com, Inbee Park’s putting stood out the most.

Any LPGA Tour fan is familiar with the fact that the seven-time major champion is one of the best putters in the world, but the advanced analytics shed even more light on just how brilliant she has been.

Since the start of KPMG Performance Insight tracking, LPGA Tour pros have a conversion rate of 28% on putts from 10 to 15 feet. For context, PGA Tour golfers hover around 30%, with the leaders in that statistic making 10-15 foot putts 40 to 41% of the time.

Inbee Park is making those putts 64%, I repeat, 64% of the time. Park currently makes 10 to 15 footers more often than PGA Tour golfers do from 5-10 feet. 

Whether Park can sustain this pace remains to be seen, but it has been awfully fun to watch.

Check out more stats here. 

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  1. TonyK

    Sep 18, 2021 at 9:58 am

    She’s been the best, of Men and Women’s tours combined. But her stoic, calm demeanor after making those miracles didn’t draw too much drama or attention.

    • MattS

      Sep 18, 2021 at 12:59 pm

      Yes, I agree she most likely is. However, I wish this article gave the best men’s corresponding stat for the putting distance/s. Would love to see someone like Jordan Speith have a putting contest with her.

  2. No duh

    Sep 17, 2021 at 10:29 am

    Your eyes should have told you she’s been the best putter for a decade now.

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How much each player won at the 2021 CJ Cup

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Rory McIlroy made it win number 20 on the PGA Tour, and the Irishman’s victory earned him an impressive payday of $1,755,000 in Las Vegas. Collin Morikawa’s blistering final round vaulted him up the leaderboard on Sunday and secured the current Open champion another check for over $1 million.

With a total prize purse of $9.75 million up for grabs, here’s a look at how much each player won at the 2021 CJ Cup.

1: Rory McIlroy, -25, $1,755,000

2: Collin Morikawa, -24, $1,053,000

T-3: Rickie Fowler, -22, $565,500

T-3: Keith Mitchell, -22, $565,500

T-5: Sam Burns, 267/-21, $342,468.75

T-5: Talor Gooch, 267/-21, $342,468.75

T-5: Adam Scott, 267/-21, $342,468.75

T-5: Aaron Wise, 267/-21, $342,468.75

T-9: Harry Higgs, 268/-20, $243,750

T-9: Sungjae Im, 268/-20, $243,750

T-9: Cameron Smith, 268/-20, $243,750

T-9: Robert Streb, 268/-20, $243,750

T-9: Gary Woodland, 268/-20, $243,750

T-14: Abraham Ancer, 269/-19, $169,065

T-14: Chris Kirk, 269/-19, $169,065

T-14: Webb Simpson, 269/-19, $169,065

T-14: Jhonattan Vegas, 269/-19, $169,065

T-18: Emiliano Grillo, 270/-18, $116,331.43

T-18: Viktor Hovland, 270/-18, $116,331.43

T-18: Ian Poulter, 270/-18, $116,331.43

T-18: Xander Schauffele, 270/-18, $116,331.43

T-18: Jordan Spieth, 270/-18, $116,331.43

T-18: Justin Thomas, 270/-18, $116,331.43

T-18: Tyrrell Hatton, 270/-18, $116,331.42

T-25: Paul Casey, 271/-17, $70,506.43

T-25: Sergio Garcia, 271/-17, $70,506.43

T-25: Russell Henley, 271/-17, $70,506.43

T-25: Mackenzie Hughes, 271/-17, $70,506.43

T-25: K.H. Lee, 271/-17, $70,506.43

T-25: Carlos Ortiz, 271/-17, $70,506.43

T-25: Erik van Rooyen, 271/-17, $70,506.42

T-32: Keegan Bradley, 272/-16, $51,610

T-32: Tom Hoge, 272/-16, $51,610

T-32: Sung Kang, 272/-16, $51,610

T-32: Seonghyeon Kim, 272/-16, $51,610

T-32: Hudson Swafford, 272/-16, $51,610

T-32: Harold Varner III, 272/-16, $51,610

T-38: Tommy Fleetwood, 273/-15, $37,635

T-38: Matt Jones, 273/-15, $37,635

T-38: Brooks Koepka, 273/-15, $37,635

T-38: Marc Leishman, 273/-15, $37,635

T-38: Maverick McNealy, 273/-15, $37,635

T-38: Louis Oosthuizen, 273/-15, $37,635

T-38: Scottie Scheffler, 273/-15, $37,635

T-45: Tony Finau, 274/-14, $27,007.50

T-45: Lucas Glover, 274/-14, $27,007.50

T-45: Dustin Johnson, 274/-14, $27,007.50

T-45: Joaquin Niemann, 274/-14, $27,007.50

T-49: Stewart Cink, 275/-13, $21,723

T-49: Joohyung Kim, 275/-13, $21,723

T-49: Sebastián Muñoz, 275/-13, $21,723

T-49: Kevin Na, 275/-13, $21,723

T-49: Kevin Streelman, 275/-13, $21,723

T-54: Kevin Kisner, 276/-12, $20,085

T-54: Jason Kokrak, 276/-12, $20,085

T-54: Shane Lowry, 276/-12, $20,085

T-57: Minkyu Kim, 277/-11, $19,597.50

T-57: Justin Rose, 277/-11, $19,597.50

T-59: Byeong Hun An, 278/-10, $19,012.50

T-59: Hideki Matsuyama, 278/-10, $19,012.50

T-59: Alex Noren, 278/-10, $19,012.50

T-59: Cameron Tringale, 278/-10, $19,012.50

63: Rasmus Hojgaard, 279/-9, $18,525

T-64: Cam Davis, 280/-8, $18,037.50

T-64: Jason Day, 280/-8, $18,037.50

T-64: Patton Kizzire, 280/-8, $18,037.50

T-64: Sanghun Shin, 280/-8, $18,037.50

T-68: Branden Grace, 281/-7, $17,257.50

T-68: Charley Hoffman, 281/-7, $17,257.50

T-68: Jaekyeong Lee, 281/-7, $17,257.50

T-68: Patrick Reed, 281/-7, $17,257.50

T-72: Brian Harman, 282/-6, $16,575

T-72: Max Homa, 282/-6, $16,575

T-72: Yoseop Seo, 282/-6, $16,575

75: Hanbyeol Kim, 284/-4, $16,185

76: Si Woo Kim, 288/ E, $15,990

77: Charl Schwartzel, 295/ 7, $15,795

W/D: Harris English

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‘Up & Down’ – Bubba Watson releasing book detailing how he overcame struggles off-course

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Bubba Watson took to Instagram over the weekend to unveil his new book ‘Up & Down’, which is billed as “The inspiring Story of an Imperfect Man”.

Per the description on the book’s site, Watson “began to let the constant criticism from fans and commentators haunt his thoughts”, and in his new book, the big-hitting Lefty shares how he:

  • “Overcame his anxiety and feelings of inadequacy
  • Found his true identity not in the standards of the world but in the God who already knows he is enough
  • Learned to trust God with his gifts, family, and biggest dreams
  • Became the husband, father, friend, and mentor he was called to be”

 

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The two-time Masters Champion’s story drops on November 2nd and is available to pre-order now at UpAndDownBook.com.

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Brutal 360-degree lip out leads to 1-stroke penalty at CJ Cup

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Seonghyeon Kim was making only his second start on Tour at the weekend and suffered a brutal break on his 72nd hole that cost the South Korean almost $20k.

Faced with a 3′ 4″ birdie putt on 18, Kim saw his ball lip out in brutal fashion in front of a stunned crowd, with one spectator screaming, “Did you see that?”.

As an equally shocked Kim assessed what he had just witnessed, the Korean patiently waited until his ball dramatically fell into the cup. “Don’t you love this game, Steve Sands?” said Trevor Immelman over a cheering crowd, but the incident was about to take a grim turn.

Per rule 13.3a, on a putt overhanging the hole, “the player is allowed a reasonable time to reach the hole and 10 more seconds to wait to see whether the ball will fall into the hole.”

As you can see from the video, Kim took far longer than 10 seconds, and therefore was assessed a 1-stroke penalty turning his birdie into a par.

The penalty saw Kim finish T32 when if his putt had dropped within the 10-second allocation, he’d have secured a top-25 spot and with it an extra payday of approximately just over $17k.

 

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