Number-crunching in review from Muirfield
Wednesday, July 24, 2013
GULLANE, Scotland Before we completely put Muirfield in the record books and turn our attention to Royal Liverpool, some scoring recaps:
• Ian Poulter, Brandt Snedeker and Ryan Moore each made an eagle and three birdies at the par-5 ninth.
• Lee Westwood and Boo Weekley did similarly at the par-5 fifth, while Martin Laird made four birdies.
• Of the 84 who played all 72 holes, Adam Scott was the only one to make at least one par at the par-3 fourth. He bogeyed it all four days.
• At that fourth hole, Gareth Wright did manage to make one par, but he also had three double-bogeys.
• Actually, that fourth hole must have put Wright in a bad frame of mind. He was not very good at the par-5 fifth (three bogeys) or par-4 sixth (two bogeys). He was 9 over on those three holes for the tournament, just 5 over everywhere else.
• Branden Grace and Mark Brown were the only players to make two birdies at the demanding, par-3 16th.
• Speaking of stellar stuff on the short holes, Japan's Hideki Matsuyama was the only one to make three birdies at the par-3 13th.
• Jason Dufner wishes he had what Matsuyama had at 13, because the American played it in 4-over.
• Jamie Donaldson had it all at the par-5 ninth – an eagle, a birdie, a par and a double-bogey.
• Grace was more symmetrical at the par-4 eighth, making a 3, 4, 5, and 6.
• DeLaet and Teacher each bogeyed the eighth hole all four days.
• Think Paul Lawrie would like to have that first round over again? He shot 9-over 81, then played the next 54 holes in 1-under.
• Not much of a finishing touch applied by Sergio Garcia. He played 16-17-18 in 5-over.
• The good news is, Harris English and Steven Tiley were the only ones to make two birdies at the 18th. The bad news? English also made a triple, Tiley a double.
• Richie Ramsay struggled at the 18th, playing it in 5-over thanks to two doubles and a bogey.
• Toughest fairway to hit? No competition there: It was the par-4 sixth, where only 42.2 percent of the field found the fairway.
• Muirfield comes at you with a challenging set of par-4s and if you don't think so, consider this: After four days, the field hit the green in regulation less than 50 percent of the time at five of the 11 par-4s – the sixth, eighth, 10th, 14th, and 15th. No. 10 proved the most elusive, with just 41.9 percent of the field reaching in regulation.
• The 18th provided the most danger as a total of 33 players made double bogeys or worse. Next was the par-3 fourth, where 32 made double or worse.
• The only holes not to record at last one "other" were Nos. 5 and 17, both par-5s.
• The par-3 16th yielded the fewest birdies (23), with the sixth next (25).