Recapping 2011 with golf's toughest quiz
Tuesday, November 1, 2011
Take my quiz. Flunk my quiz.
Based on the official 2011 PGA Tour money list and other Tour statistics, this quiz might be called Golf Moneyball.
Some of the questions are straightforward, others are brain-wracking. To pass, answer at least 10 questions correctly. A passing grade is the first step toward induction into Jim’s Mostly Meaningless But Highly Distracting Golf Trivia Hall of Fame.
1.) Three golfers finished among the top 20 money winners in 2011 but did not win a tournament. Name two of them.
2.) Three players were top 10 money winners in both 2010 and 2011. Name two.
3.) Which golfer was top 10 on the money list in 2010 but failed to crack the top 125 in 2011?
4.) Which player won less money in 2011 than 2010 -- Rickie Fowler, Phil Mickelson, Robert Garrigus or Steve Stricker?
5.) Which golfer had the highest per-tournament money average on the 2011 PGA Tour -- Tim Clark, John Cook, Vijay Singh or Ian Poulter?
6.) True or false: With golf emerging as a global game, foreign players outnumbered Americans for the first time among the top 50 PGA Tour money winners.
7.) Who led the PGA Tour in Driving Distance in 2011 -- Dustin Johnson, Robert Garrigus, Bubba Watson or J.B. Holmes?
8.) How many players averaged more than 300 yards off the tee -- 12, 21, 33 or 42?
9.) Heading into the season-ending Charles Schwab Cup Championship, how many Champions Tour players were averaging more than 300 yards in Driving Distance -- none, 8, 17, 26?
10.) Who will win the 2011 Vardon Trophy for lowest stroke average on the PGA Tour?
11.) This is not a trick question: Which Tour player had the actual lowest scoring average in 2011?
12.) Name two of the top 5 in Driving Accuracy in 2011.
13.) True or false: No player among the top 5 in Driving Accuracy finished among the top 50 money winners.
14.) Which of these long hitters finished among the top 150 in Driving Accuracy -- J.B. Holmes, Robert Garrigus, Phil Mickelson, Jhonattan Vegas, Angel Cabrera or none of the above?
15.) True or false: Greens in Regulation has a close relationship with money won on the PGA Tour.
16.) What popular player led the Tour in Greens in Regulation but finished 180th on the money list?
17.) Name one of the two golfers who played in the most PGA Tour events in 2011.
18.) Which 2011 major championship winner finished highest on the PGA Tour money list -- Charl Schwartzel, Rory McIlroy, Darren Clarke or Keegan Bradley?
19.) True or false: Luke Donald is a better putter than Steve Stricker?
20.) Who is the best player in golf, based on the PGA Tour’s All-Around ranking rather than money?
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