Monday, March 25, 2013

What It Takes To Win - Arnold Palmer Invitational

Despite having won this event seven times in past years, this was a monumental win for Tiger Woods. It's obvious that Tiger enjoys playing the Bay Hill course, proving once again that he has what it takes to win on the PGA Tour.  Only three months into the 2013 season, this marks the third time Tiger has hoisted a trophy above his head.  This also slides Tiger back into the top position, making him once again, the number one golfer in the world.

Let's take a closer look at Tigers numbers through the four rounds of the Arnold Palmer Invitational...
  • Round 1: 69 (3 under) - 1 Eagle, 4 Birdies, 10 Pars, 3 Bogeys
  • Round 2: 70 (2 under) - 1 Eagle, 3 Birdies, 11 Pars, 3 Bogeys
  • Round 3: 66 (6 under) - 1 Eagle, 5 Birdies, 11 Pars, 1 Bogey
  • Round 4: 70 (2 under) - 5 Birdies, 10 Pars, 3 Bogeys
  • Total: 13 under par - 3 Eagles, 17 Birdies, 42 Pars, 10 Bogeys
As you can see from the scores above, Tiger played consistently well throughout the tournament.  As he headed into final round already in first place, and taking his past success into consideration, I had little doubt that he would give up the lead.

Looking a little deeper into Tigers stats from the weekend (seen below), I was a little surprised to see Tigers distance off the tee (avg of 279 yards) not nearly as long as he typically hits it.  Despite the shorter distance, he didn't seem to find more fairways either, hitting only 53% off the tee.  Regardless, he still managed to find 64% of greens in regulation, which coupled with an average of only 1.5 putts/hole gave Tiger the top spot on the podium.
  • Avg Driving Distance: 279.1 yards
  • Driving Accuracy: 53.57%
  • Greens in Regulation: 63.89%
  • Avg Putts per Round: 27.5 (Avg of 1.53 putts/hole)
Congrats to Tiger Woods on winning the Arnold Palmer Invitational and once again becoming the number one golfer in the world!

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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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