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Tour Report: 2012 biggest movers: Putting

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Derek Lamely made the biggest improvement with his putter in 2012.

Cohen/Getty Images Derek Lamely made the biggest improvement with his putter in 2012.

Which players improved their putting the most in 2012? And which players suffered the biggest decreases?

The PGA TOUR’s Alex Turnbull compared the TOUR’s primary putting statistic, strokes gained-putting, along with the TOUR ranking of 136 players who played the minimum number of rounds in both 2011 and 2012 (thus, qualifying statistically in the category). Here are the five players at the top of the list and the five at the bottom, based on their change in ranking from one season to the next.

BIGGEST IMPROVEMENTS

Player 2011 rank (SGP) 2012 rank (SGP) Increase in rank
Derek Lamely 156th (-0.295) 7th (+0.63) +149
Bo Van Pelt 144th (-0.192) 11th (+0.577) +133
Jim Furyk 150th (-0.218) 19th (+0.451) +131
Phil Mickelson 134th (-0.139) 10th (+0.591) +124
Dustin Johnson 171st (-0.497) 50th (+0.216) +121

BIGGEST DECREASES

Player 2011 rank (SGP) 2012 rank (SGP) Decrease in rank
Angel Cabrera 15th (+0.535) 154th (-0.237) -139
Roland Thatcher 52nd (+0.223) 186th (-0.588) -134
Fredrik Jacobson 6th (+0.654) 133rd (-0.158) -127
Andres Romero 24th (+0.462) 141st (-0.190) -117
Rickie Fowler 31st (+0.377) 139th (-0.171) -108

RORY AND TIGER

Neither Rory McIlroy nor Tiger Woods played enough rounds on the PGA TOUR in 2011 to qualify for the comparison list. But here are their numbers had each player met the minimum number of rounds last year.

Player 2011 rank (SGP) 2012 rank (SGP) Difference in rank
Rory McIlroy 130th* (-0.129) 82nd (+0.087) +48
Tiger Woods 45th* (+0.258) 35th (+0.332) +10

* – If he had met minimum number of rounds


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