Number Crunching 2012: D.A. Points
Sunday, December 16, 2012
Who climbed and who dropped in 2012? Through Dec. 31, Golfweek.com takes a look at players who made significant moves up or down in the Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index this year.
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Ranking/movement: -133 (No. 91 to No. 224)
Why the fall? Poor putting.
How close was Points to validating his first career PGA Tour victory at the 2011 AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am?
“I hit it as well as I’ve ever hit it in my career at Charlotte this year and didn’t make (any putts),” said Points, who lost to Rickie Fowler in a playoff at the Wells Fargo Championship.
Indeed, the stats back up Points’ claim that his putter wasn’t as sharp this season. He slipped from 48th to 130th in strokes gained putting. Points said he struggled with speed. Midway through the season, Points switched to a slightly heavier SeeMore putter to “get a little more mass behind the ball” on slower greens. He also fiddled with a belly putter but used it only during the Rockford Pro-Am on the Monday after the John Deere Classic.
A promising season faded after the runner-up finish in Charlotte. He made only six cuts in his last 16 starts and failed to record another top-10 finish. Points did improve his greens in regulation, from 110th to 55th (66.48 percent), but his putting woes contributed to his all-around rank dropping from 40th to 104th overall.
Points says: “I had such a good start to the year. I had a tremendous opportunity, which is why I’m very disappointed in the way that the last two-thirds of the season played out.”