Who is the best player on the PGA Tour?
That is a question that has become a topic of debate without the brilliance of Tiger Woods to settle it.
These days, we are back to examining which is the most meaningful: Winning majors? Or total victories? What about a player who has one victory plus a major? Should the money list mean anything? Or what about the FedEx Cup playoffs?
There are many different opinions on what matters most, and they have all been at the forefront with Player of the Year discussions in full swing. Well, here is one more thing to consider.
In most sports, we are comfortable looking at the standings – won-loss records – to see which teams are the best. Why not in golf?
Using only the 44 PGA Tour events from the 2011 season, players’ overall won-loss-tie records were computed and sorted by winning percentage.
With that formula, Steve Stricker is golf’s version of the Green Bay Packers. OK, so Stricker is not undefeated, but his winning percentage versus other PGA Tour players this year was the best, with Luke Donald second.
(Note: Chart includes only players who competed in a minimum of seven events.)