While still REALLY* impressive, it becomes a bit less so when you realize how statistics work:
* PGA Tour average is still about 50/50 from 7'10". http://thesandtrap.com/t/51757/pga-tour-putts-gained-make-percentage-stats
Why is that the best stat on the PGA Tour?
I like the strokes gained while putting stat, i know people have been harping on it being the key stat to being the best player. That was because Luke was the best player when the stat came out.
But still, only 0.844 strokes gained.. Look at Bubba Watson, in 2011 he gained 1.1 strokes on the field just from driving alone
Tiger woods from 2003 - 2010 gained 3.2 strokes on the field, 2.08 of that came from long game. The reason is, we seen Tiger make all those putts, or make a life saving chip shot. But the true genius behind tiger woods, was the sergon like precision he took to the golf course, fairway after fairway, and green after green. Look at all those insane shots he hit from what seemed to be impossible locations. The high slice over the water onto the green at Arnie's Tournament. How many strokes did he save on that shot alone.
Look at Bubba Watson,
110th in Scrambling
157th in Putts strokes gained
2nd in greens in regulation
9th in scoring
Tells you were a lot of ground can be made up, if you can hit Green's doesn't matter were you hit the ball off the tee or how crappy your short game is. You can make up a ton of ground.
If Phil spent more time on his long game, maybe he would have won more championships.
From Rory and Jack,
"Guys say you have to have a short game to win tournaments and it is not the case. Not at all," Rory McIlroy said last spring. His comments sparked a controversy, but Jack Nicklaus rose to his defense. "I agree with Rory," Nicklaus said. "I never practiced my short game because I felt like if I can hit 15 greens a round and hit a couple of par-fives in two and if I can make all my putts inside 10 feet, who cares where I chip it?"
Don't get me wrong, Luke is an amazing putter, but he didn't make the world stage until he got that driving accuracy down, if you look from 2010 to 2011, he was the leading in putting strokes gained, but he improved his driving percentage from being ranked 120th to being ranked 57th. Went from 152nd in GIR's to 47th in GIR. It takes a complete game to win, but how can you even gain strokes on the field in putting if your not hitting greens to capitalize on that putting.