Number Crunching 2012: Rhys Davies
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: -269 (No. 196 to No. 465)
Why the fall? One word: putting.
Davies’ putts per round have increased steadily during the past three seasons – a stat that’s not beneficial for tour players. The former East Tennessee State player averaged 30.37 putts per round this campaign compared with 29.38 last year and 28.85 in 2010. In turn, the 27-year-old Davies’ scoring average also has climbed slightly, from 71.24 in 2010 to 71.96 this year.
The two-time Walker Cup player made his European Tour breakthrough in 2010 when he defeated Louis Oosthuizen down the stretch to win the Hassan II Trophy in Morocco. However, while Oosthuizen went on to win the Open Championship that year and lose a playoff to Bubba Watson in this year’s Masters, Davies’ career has stalled.
The Welshman finished 18th on the money list in 2010 and 56th last season. This year, Davies finished 121st in earnings and lost his card by only 798 euros. That he’d have to make a trip to Qualifying School didn’t seem written in the stars when he was given a role as Colin Montgomerie’s cart driver during the 2010 Ryder Cup at Celtic Manor, near his home in Wales. Montgomerie took him there for experience, fully expecting Davies to make a serious bid for this year’s Ryder Cup.
Davies says: “I’ve been playing really well and not really getting anything out of it. The truth is, I’m playing better than I was two years ago, but it doesn’t show in the scores. It’s just how the game is.”