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Leishman vs Baddeley – and then there’s Roberts

2009 PGA Rookie of the Year Marc Leishman continues to perform well on tour.  With the Northern Trust Open coming to a conclusion Leishman sits T15. A bogey free 65 propelled 27 spots up the leaderboard him up the leaderboard.

His main stats for the round (as per PGATOUR.com):

  • Driving Distance 288 Yards
  • Driving Accuracy 85.7%
  • Greens in Regulation 77.78 %
  • Puts per hole 1.643
  • Ave distance to the pin 25′ 6″

Aaron Baddeley continued to be off the pace but made the cut and finished T54 afer an even par final round.

His stats:

  • Driving distance 282.5 yards
  • Driving Accuracy 57.7%
  • Greens In Regulation 44.4%
  • Puts per Green 1.843
  • Ave distance to pin 35′ 2″

The final score shows a difference of just 6 shots. Driving distance shows little difference – it is insignficant in the big scheme of things. Driving accuracy is more important, not just hitting fairways, but putting the ball in the right areas. Shots played to the green set up the score, and fairway position sets of the approach. When Aaron Baddeley was putting he was starting, on average, 10 feet (3 metres) further away than Mark Leishman.   It  doesn’t seem like much, but it adds up to about 6 shots and lots of $$$$$$!

For someone playing for pleasure my stats on the weekend added up to +6.

  • Driving distance  252 metres (275 yards)
  • Driving Accuracy 42.9%
  • GIR  61.1%
  • Putts per hole 1.889
  • Average distance to the pin  24′ 11″

The difference is in the number of shots taken to the green, and the PPH comparison with Marc Leishman is worth 4 shots a round.

* Driving distance is calculated on two selected holes only the course. These holes will be played in opposite directions to balance out the influence of the wind.

Par just doesn’t cut it!

Aaron Baddeley burst on the Australian golf scene with back to back wins in the Australian Open in 1999 as an amateur and 2000 as a professional.  He seemed destined for big things, and progressed up the ranking to number 18 at the end of 2007.  Today Badds ranks 143 and seems poised to head further south after missing the cut at the Farmers Open with an even par 144 after two rounds. Par just doesn’t cut it!

What has gone wrong?

In 2007 his scoring average was 70.96  In 2009 it had ‘blow out’ to 71.31. Hardly world shattering stuff, yet it meant 5 fewer cuts made and only a quarter of the prize money.

Some other comparisons:

2007: FIR  60%  (Stat leader 75.47%)  GIR 60.35%   ( 70%) PPR 28.26 (27.88)

2009: FIR  56.48%   (74.09%) GIR 59.57% (70.89%)  PPR 28.09 (26.6)  * Only in putting was he better than the tour average.

Badds made the news with the “stack and tilt” method before reportedly abandoning it in the first half of 2009. Was it tinkering with his swing that made the difference? Possibly, but I suspect it is not all the answer.   He was married in 2005 and their first child was born in the last months of 2008.

While 2007 was stellar year for Badds it seems that other aspects of life became more important. While he can still make a good living from playing the game, and from various sponsorships, until he can regain his hunger to win  maintaining his golf ranking will become increasingly difficult.

Par doesn’t cut it where the top professionals are concerned – but then again some things are more important than golf.