My 2 cents on Bryson's strokes gained ranking.
1. Give Bryson an additional stroke for the quality of field. The depth of today's tour is so much better than 40-50 years ago.
2. Give Bryson a quarter stroke for playing in the last pairing. None of the other 3 rounds above him came from the final group. Heck, Miller and Palmer both finished almost an hour before the final pairings. Nicklaus was in the second to last group. Having all eyes on you from shot 1 is just harder than playing under the radar for the first several holes.
3. Take away half a stroke for not playing in front of fans. Psychologically, I think this was a big deal for the players. And for someone as touchy as Bryson, I think being able to execute his gameplan without getting rattled or (potentially) heckled by fans was a big help.
Add it up and the intangibles vault him ahead of Nicklaus but keep him firmly behind Palmer and Miller.
Very scientific analysis I know.....