Monday, January 21, 2013

What It Takes To Win - Humana Challenge

Have you ever wondered what it takes to win on the PGA Tour?  Consistency, distance, accuracy, short game, the list could go on and on.  Over the weekend, Brian Gay was able to solve the mystery as he became victorious at the Humana Challenge.

Winding up with a final round of 9 under par, Brian finished the tournament at 25 under par, forcing a playoff.  With back to back birdies in the playoffs, Braian Gay brought home his fourth career PGA Tour victory.  "I'm still in a little bit of shock," Gay said after the event. "It kind of happened so fast there at the end the way things went down. Last year was a struggle. It was a long year, a lot of work. I just wanted to come out this year kind of refocused, recharged, and believing in myself."

Let's take a closer look at the breakdown of Brians tournament and what it took to win the Humana Challenge...

  • Round 1: 67 (5 under) - 6 Birdies, 11 Pars, 1 Bogey
  • Round 2: 66 (6 under) - 6 Birdies, 12 Pars
  • Round 3: 67 (5 under) - 6 Birdies, 11 Pars, 1 Bogey
  • Round 4: 63 (9 under) - 9 Birdies, 9 Pars
  • Total: 25 under par - 27 Birdies, 43 Pars, 2 Bogeys
Wow, I have to say that's impressive, after 72 holes to only accumulate 2 bogeys.  I'm a strong believer in tracking your own statistics in order to identify areas of improvement.  Some of the key stats that I enjoy looking at include, fairways hit, greens in regulation and number of putts.  Here's a quick look at how Brian performed in those categories...

  • Avg Driving Distance: 279.7 yards
  • Driving Accuracy: 81.48%
  • Greens in Regulation: 83.33%
  • Avg Putts per Round: 27.75 (Avg of 1.54 putts/hole)
Congrats to Brian Gay on an amazing performance and a great start to the 2013 season!

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This article was written by Scott Stevens from Eat Sleep Golf as part of our What It Takes To Win series.  This series is focused on taking a closer look at the winning performance of each PGA Tour event to see exactly what it takes to be victorious among elite golfers.

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