Ranking the Worst Overall Statistical Golfers on the PGA Tour

Ben Alberstadt@benalberstadtFeatured ColumnistOctober 14, 2015

Ranking the Worst Overall Statistical Golfers on the PGA Tour

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    Here's a revelation: The best golfers on the PGA Tour statistically are the guys who get the best results. 

    Let's take Jason Day, one of the two best golfers for the 2014-2015 season. 

    Day was third on tour in driving distance, seventh in greens in regulation, fifth in strokes gained: tee-to-green, sixth in strokes gained: putting, fourth in strokes gained: total...you get the idea.   

    At the opposite end of the spectrum are golfers at the bottom of key statistical categories. 

    Who was the shortest hitter on tour? The worst putter? Who had the worst scoring average? 

    Click through to find out. 

Shortest Hitter: David Toms

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    The longest hitters on the PGA Tour average more than 305 yards per drive. Dustin Johnson, the tour's biggest bomber, averaged 317.7 yards per drive for 2014-2015.

    The average driving distance on the PGA Tour for 2014-2015 was around 290 yards. 

    David Toms, the tour's shortest hitter, averaged a mere 270 yards per poke. Ben Crane, who was second-shortest, was a full yard better at 271.0 yards per drive. Still, it's little wonder these guys failed to contend, giving up so much distance off the tee. 

Most Erratic Driver: Aaron Baddeley

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    The king of driving accuracy on the PGA Tour last season was Francesco Molinari. Molinari hit 76.88 percent of fairways. 

    Averagely accurate players on the PGA Tour hit 62 percent of fairways. 

    Aaron Baddeley, who led the tour in strokes gained: putting, was its least accurate driver in 2014-2015. The Australian hit just 50.29 percent of fairways. 

Biggest Green-Misser: Matt Every

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    Matt Every isn't at all accurate off the tee. He's 183rd in driving accuracy at 51.52 percent. As it's obviously more difficult to hit greens from out of position in the rough than the middle of the fairway, it's not surprising that Every is worst on the tour in greens in regulation. 

    The University of Florida alum hit just 58.10 percent of greens in regulation in the course of his 2014-2015 efforts. 

    Henrik Stenson led the PGA Tour in greens in regulation at 73.52 percent of GIR

Worst Around the Greens: Charlie Beljan

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    Scrambling is the measure of the percent of time a player makes par or better after missing a green in regulation. 

    The best scramblers on the PGA Tour get up and down roughly two-thirds of the time. Chad Collins led the PGA Tour, scrambling successfully 66.18 percent of the time. 

    The average scrambling percentage on tour is nearly 60 percent

    Charlie Beljan, the tour's worst scrambler, saves par 48.77 percent of the time. That's nearly three percentage points worse than the next-worst scrambler, Angel Cabrera (50.45 percent). 

Worst Putter: Lucas Glover

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    Lucas Glover is a terrible putter. He lost 1.352 strokes to the field per round for the 2014-2015 season. Jim Renner, who is second-worst on tour, lost .969 strokes, so Glover is quite a bit worse. 

    Given his poor putting, it's remarkable Glover was able to tally six top-25 finishes this season. His work from tee to green was clearly a saving grace: Glover was 11th in strokes gained tee-to-green. 

    The best flatstick handlers on tour pick up better than .5 strokes on the field per round thanks to their putting. 

Worst Scoring Average: Roger Sloan

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    At the end of the day, the only stat that matters is the number on the scorecard. 

    It's not surprising that the two best scoring averages on the PGA Tour this season belonged to Jason Day and Jordan Spieth. Spieth, in 91 rounds last season, averaged 68.93 strokes per round. Day, in 75 rounds last season, averaged 69.16 strokes

    The average scoring average last season was just under 71 strokes per round.

    And the worst average last year? Roger Sloan. Sloan totaled 56 rounds on tour in 2014-2015 and averaged 72.53 strokes. The Canadian missed 13 cuts in 20 starts last season, with just one top-25 finish. 

Worst in Strokes Gained: Total: Jim Renner

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    The very best golfers on the PGA Tour in the strokes gained: total statistic picked up an average of two strokes on the competition per round. Not surprisingly, those golfers were Henrik Stenson, Bubba Watson, Jordan Spieth and Jason Day. 

    Roger Sloan was the worst on tour in strokes gained: total in 2014-2015. But we'll give him a break, as he's the bottom man in scoring average as well, and go with the next guy on the list: Heath Slocum.  

    Slocum, in 57 rounds last season, lost an average of 1.755 strokes to the field. 

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