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Stats Recap: Steele vs Leaders in 4 Statistical Categories

By now, we all know that Brendan Steele won the first event of the new PGA Tour season this past weekend in Napa Valley at the Safeway Open.

With his win at Silverado Country Club, Steele took home over $1M and 500 FedEx Cup points. The 33 year-old now leads the all-important Money List, and FedEx Cup race.

 
A new feature we’re publishing this season is to compare the tournament champion with the leader in each of the following 4 statistical categories: Driving Accuracy, Greens In Regulation, Scrambling, SG: Putts.

Let’s take a look at how Steele performed versus the leader in each of these categories.

Driving Accuracy

The leader in this category was John Huh who hit 69% of fairways. Steele wasn’t far off, however, landing in the Top 5 with a 64% rate.

 
1 John Huh 69.64, 39/56 (T35, -8)
T5 Brendan Steele 64.29, 36/56 (1, -18)

Greens In Regulation

Kevin Na led the field at Silverado by hitting 83% of greens. This was the lone category where Steele didn’t finish in the Top 10.

 
1 Kevin Na 83.33, 60/72 (7, -15)
T21 Brendan Steele 75.00, 54/72 (1, -18)

Scrambling

Defending champion Emiliano Grillo topped the list in this category, making 15 pars on 17 missed greens for 88%. Steele missed 18 greens and made par on 14 of them, good for 78%.

 
1 Emiliano Grillo 88.24, 15/17 (T26, -9)
T7 Brendan Steele 75.00, 14/18 (1, -18)

SG: Putting

Patton Kizzire, who finished second, was the tournament leader with 9.706 stokes gained, while Steele finished in the sixth position with 6.545.

 
1 Patton Kizzire 9.706, 2.427/Round (2, -17)
6 Brendan Steele 6.545, 1.636/Round (1, -18)

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Karen Gaudreau

Karen Gaudreau is a contributor to Pro Golf Weekly.

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