Answers: Golf's toughest quiz
Tuesday, November 1, 2011
1.) Matt Kuchar (No. 6) won $4,233,920, Jason Day (No. 9) took home $3,962,647, Hunter Mahan (No. 15) won $3,503,540.
2.) Matt Kuchar, Dustin Johnson, Steve Stricker.
3.) Paul Casey won $3,613,194 in 2010 to rank 8th. Battling a foot injury in 2011, he ended up 136th with $590,386.
4.) All of the above, so take credit for a correct answer.
5.) John Cook (1 tournament, Mayakoba Golf Classic, $251,600).
6.) False. The top 50 included 33 Americans and 17 players from outside the United States.
7.) J. B. Holmes, 318.4 yards.
9.) None. John Huston was No. 1 at 293.4 yards.
10.) Luke Donald, 68.86.
11.) Webb Simpson, 69.16. Luke Donald’s actual scoring average was 69.30, although his Vardon Trophy average was lowered by .43 of one stroke to adjust for the difficulty of the courses he played. Simpson, competing on a handful of easier courses, saw his adjusted average raised to 69.25 (he finished second in the Vardon Trophy race).
12.) Joe Durant (75.65 percent of the fairways), Heath Slocum, Jerry Kelly, Brian Gay, Ben Curtis.
13.) True. Jerry Kelly was tops at 61st.
14.) None of the above. Here are the rankings: Holmes 182, Garrigus 180, Mickelson 177, Vegas 173, Cabrera 170.
15.) False. Luke Donald, the leading money winner, didn’t crack the top 40 in GIR (he was 41st). Phil Mickelson was 51st.
16.) Boo Weekley hit 71.68 percent of the greens but won only $279,531. Joe Durant, third in GIR, was 160th on the money list with $358,790.
17.) Tommy (Two Gloves) Gainey and Blake Adams, with 34 apiece.
18.) Keegan Bradley, with $3,758,600, outpaced runnerup Charl Schwartzel by more than $1 million dollars. Of course, Bradley played in 28 events, 13 more than Schwartzel. McIlroy played in just 10 PGA Tour events, while Clarke had only three official Tour starts (British Open, which he won, along with the WGC Bridgestone Invitational and the PGA Championship).
19.) True. According to the PGA Tour’s stat category for Strokes Gained -- Putting, Donald is by far the best putter on the Tour. Stricker is second, Bryce Molder third. Putter boy Phil Mickelson? He was 134th in 2011.
20.) Webb Simpson, followed by Adam Scott, David Toms, Hunter Mahan, Nick Watney, Matt Kuchar, Luke Donald, Steve Stricker, Jason Day and Bo Van Pelt. Donald clearly would argue about the validity of this statistic.
The All-Around stat is calculated by totaling a player’s rank in the following categories: Scoring Leaders, Putting Leaders, Eagle Leaders, Birdie Leaders, Sand Saves, Greens in Regulation, Driving Distance and Driving Accuracy.