The Worst Putters on the PGA Tour in 2015

Ben Alberstadt@benalberstadtFeatured ColumnistDecember 10, 2015

The Worst Putters on the PGA Tour in 2015

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    Ah, putting. Bane of many a great ball-striker and source of frustration from high handicappers to touring professionals alike. 

    Thanks to the PGA Tour's strokes gained: putting tally, we have an appreciation for who the best putters in the game are. 

    For the 2015-16 season, players like Aaron Baddeley, Jimmy Walker, Brandt Snedeker and Jason Day topped the list. 

    Less widely discussed: strokes gained: putting also reveals the worst putters on tour. 

    Here are the unfortunate gentlemen who rounded out the bottom of the SG:P ranking in 2015.

Jason Dufner

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    Strokes gained: putting: 177 (-.699)

    Other putting lowlights (ranks)

    • Total putting: 180
    • One-putt percentage: 151
    • Three-putt avoidance: 180
    • Putting inside 10': 182

    Noted for his waggle, the size of his dip, his love of Auburn football and his ex-wife, Jason Dufner has never been known for his proficiency with the putter. 

Roberto Castro

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    Strokes gained: putting: 178 (-.728)

    Other putting lowlights (ranks)

    • Total putting: 169
    • Putts per round: 166
    • Putting inside 10': 178
    • Putting 10-15': 180 

    Most golf fans have never heard of Roberto Castro. And as he's a terrible putter who can't hit it more than 280 yards off the tee, Castro will remain in obscurity. 

Robert Allenby

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    Strokes gained: putting: 179 (-.755)

    Other putting lowlights (ranks)

    • Total putting: 182
    • Putting average: 18
    • Three-putt avoidance: 169
    • Putting from 4-8': 181

    Know more for dubious late-night altercations in 2015, Robert Allenby was also an awful putter. Of course, Allenby's ordeal likely didn't translate into an abundance of time on the putting green. 

John Merrick

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    Strokes gained: putting: 180 (-.779)

    Other putting lowlights (ranks)

    • Total putting: 181
    • Three-putt avoidance: 176
    • Putting inside 10': 184
    • Putting from 15-20': 150

    Once a winner in 243 starts on the PGA Tour, John Merrick is sustained by decent play from tee to green and kept from tallying a second victory by terrible work on the green. 

Greg Owen

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    Strokes gained: putting: 181 (-.795)

    Other putting lowlights (ranks)

    • Putting average: 168
    • One-putt percentage: 173
    • Putts per round: 170
    • Putting from 15-20': 177 

    With two top-10 finishes in 19 starts, Greg Owen managed to bank more than $1.1 million in 2015. He'd likely have added to his coffers if he could putt, however.  

Charlie Beljan

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    Strokes gained: putting: 182 (-.800)

    Other putting lowlights (ranks)

    • Putting average: 173
    • Three-putt avoidance: 181
    • Putting inside 10': 180

    A tour winner in 2012, Charlie Beljan is one of the longest hitters on golf's professional circuit. Unfortunately, he is also one of the worst putters. 

Jim Renner

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    Strokes gained: putting: 183 (-.969)

    Other putting lowlights (ranks)

    • Total putting: 183
    • Putting average: 184
    • Putts per round: 178
    • Putting from 15-20': 182

    The People's Champion, Jim Renner is one of the worst golfers on the PGA Tour across the board. Renner was 161st in strokes gained: tee-to-green in 2014-2015 and 182nd in strokes gained: total. 

Lucas Glover

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    Strokes gained: putting: 184 (-1.352)

    Other putting lowlights (ranks)

    • Total putting: 184
    • Overall putting average: 184
    • Three-putt avoidance: 184
    • Putting inside 10': 183

    It's difficult to properly frame how poor of a putter Lucas Glover (a major winner) is. The guy was nearly .4 strokes worse than anyone else on tour on the green. That means he lost an average of two strokes to the field every tournament thanks to his work with the flatstick, which makes the fact that he made 15 of 26 cuts amazing. 

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