Sergio’s putting highs and lows
So much has been made of Sergio Garcia’s battles with the putter over the last several years that we decided to take a look at some of number crunching statistics.
His woes nearly drove him away from the game, but thankfully he is still playing today, however the data compiled below shows his inconsistency with the putter.
Disclaimer-all of the data is accurate as of the 24th May 2012 and is from PGA Tour events only.
Garcia turned pro in 1999 and as such data for that year is not available. In his second year as a professional he ranked at number 4 out of 195 players on the PGA Tour with a putting average of 28.23 over 59 rounds – quite a feat for a young 20-year old. The lowest average for that year was held by Brad Faxon at 28.05 putts per round. However since 2000, Garcia’s putting average got progressively worse to a point where it peaked at 30.16 in 2005. Between 2003 and 2005 Garcia ranked in the bottom ten players on tour for average number of putts per round.
There was some improvement in 2006, and then significant improvement in 2007 where he averaged 28.62 putts per round average through 68 rounds. This ranked him at 17th best on the PGA Tour. The introduction of a long putter after the US Open in 2007 may have been the catalyst as he showed marked improvements with his putting during the British Open.
As can be seen in the graph below, his putting average fluctuated through years 2008, 2009 and 2010. From 2011, he has again lowered his average and he currently ranks as 67th best out of 189 players for 2012 (correct as of 24th May 2012). Lets hope he continues to improve, allowing us to see him holing more putts and winning more tournaments!
Sergio Garcia average putts per round
Sergio Garcia average putts per round player rank
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