Comparing your performance statistics to other players can be a very misleading effort. For example, does it matter that you are ranked 100th in driving accuracy, 40th in driving distance and 50th in Sand Saves? According to our study those rankings are good enough to win. We have conducted extensive research to determine what it takes to win on tour, and use the results as a performance benchmark for tour players. The following table is based on 4 years of data and shows which performance measures are necessary to achieve in order to win on tour.

Winning Avg 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 Avg
Driving Accuracy 65.1% 68.7% 67.0% 64.5% 66.9% 66.4%
Driving Distance 297 Yds 294 Yds 280 Yds 292 Yds 293 Yds 291 Yds
GIR 74.0% 72.9% 73.1% 72.2% 72.5% 72.9%
Go For Its 64.0% 60.0% 58.7% 58.8% 50.2% 58.3%
Putts Per Round 27.7 27.1 27.9 28.0 27.6 27.6
Putts Per GIR 1.672 1.676 1.679 1.682 1.680 1.678
Total Scrambling 73.4% 71.1% 70.6% 70.3% 70.3% 71.1%

Driving Accuracy
Everyone wants to hit more fairways, but the statistics show that 66% driving accuracy is sufficient to be a winner, with a huge range for the year… between 45% and 88%.

Driving Distance
Winners only drive the ball an average of 7 yards farther than those in 70th place.

Winners hit on average 2.5 greens more per round than the player placing last in the money. The low GIR for a winner in 2009 was 54%.

Putts Per GIR
Here is where winners really start to differentiate themselves, converting 33% of birdie opportunities vs 17% for 70th place players. That´s twice as many birdies (4.5) per round. To win on tour, with very few exceptions, you need to putt better than 1.700 for an entire tournament. You´ll notice that the best ranked putter on tour averages higher than 1.700 for the year; however, most players are capable of putting this well for any individual event. The important thing is to be able to break the 1.700 putting barrier for the week, not for the year.

Scrambling is the other side of the scoring coin with putting. Putting will make you birdies, scrambling will prevent bogeys. Winners scramble at a rate of 70% or better, and when combined with missing just 26% of greens, this means winners average barely more than 1 bogey per round.