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The Masters made nonsense of the idea that golf’s new grooves would make it more important to hit the fairways.

The Masters made nonsense of the idea that golf’s new grooves would make it more important to hit the fairways.
And statistics proved it
Phil Mickelson won by three strokes despite only three of the 48 players who made the cut being wilder than he was off tghev tee – and while he ranked joint 44th in fairways hit, runner-up Lee Westwood wasn’t much better at 43rd while third-placed Anthony Kim finished 46th and fourth-placed Tiger Woods 37th.
The most accurate driver was Japan’s Yuta Ikeda. He found 50 out of 56 during the week – and finished 29th!
What the leaders did do was get out of trouble better than most and then putt like champions.
Westwood and Mickelson were first and third respectively in hitting greens in regulation, while Woods and Kim were third and fifth in putting.
Spain’s Alvaro Quiros was easily the biggest hitter on show, but because he missed the cut it is American Dustin Johnson who tops that category.
Here are some of the important statistics
(We show the leaders in each category and compare them with Mickelson, Westwood and Woods):
Driving distance: 1 Dustin Johnson 300.7yds, 2 Phil Mickelson 299.1, 6 Lee Westwood 292.2, 20 Tiger Woods 282.1
Fairways hit: 1 Yuta Ikeda 50 (89%), 37 Tiger Woods 37 (66%), 43 Lee Westwood 35 (62%), 44 Phil Mickelson 34 (60%)
Greens in regulation: 1 Lee Westwood 58 (80%), 3 Phil Mickelson 54 (75%), 16 Tiger Woods 49 (68%)
Putts: 1 Ryan Moore 109, 3 Tiger Woods 113, 13 Phil Mickelson 116,
31 Lee Westwood 121

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