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Strokes Gained-Putting: .087 (80th)
McIlroy isn’t atrocious with the flat stick, by any means. However, considering that those nearest to him in the OWGR, Tiger Woods (2009 and earlier, anyways) and Luke Donald, routinely place in the top 10 of strokes gained-putting,
McIlroy would do well to make putting a focal point of his practice. Sustaining the first position in the Official World Golf Ranking while being, essentially, the 80th best putter on tour is obviously untenable.
Putting from 3-5': 86.67 percent (102nd)
Specifically, it seems that McIlroy’s performance from between three and five feet is hurting him. The leaders in this putting statistic make more than 90 percent of their putts from this range, which is a significant departure from McIlroy’s 86 percent, which, over the course of the season, accounts for a lot of dropped shots.
Approaches from 75-100 Yards: 17'7'' (100th) / Approaches from 50-75 Yards: 17'10'' (140th)
The Ulsterman also could be hitting the ball closer from 50 to 100 yards. Granted, he averaged 4.2 birdies per round last year, so he’s clearly hitting it close enough to be competitive. The best performers from between 50 and 75 yards, for example, average about 10 feet from the pin on their approaches and a 10-footer is much more makeable than a 17-footer.
*all statistics courtesy of PGATOUR.com and the PGA Tour Media Guide