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Tour Report: Inside the numbers: The Old White TPC


WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W. Va. — Two years ago, Stuart Appleby won The Greenbrier Classic at 22 under.

Last year’s winner, Scott Stallings, won at just 10 under.

Why the dramatic difference? Well, Appleby’s final-round 59 made some difference for one. For another, The Old White TPC played much more difficult in 2011.

Last year, the scoring average here increased by over two shots from its 2010 average of 68.54.

In 2010, the field was a combined 691 under for the week — last year that number went 273 over par as players averaged about 6 feet further from the hole and about 10
feet further from the pin on approach shots from the rough.

Also, the field played the par 4s here in a combined 343 over last year — compared to 388 under the year before.

Here’s a look at some other numbers:

The Old White TPC – Comparison

Stat 2010 2011
Scorecard yardage 7,031 yards 7,274 yards
Scoring average 1.46 under 0.59 over
Field scoring to par 691 under 273 over
Driving accuracy 70.5 percent 66.2 percent
Greens in regulation 77.2 percent 64.1 percent
Proximity to hole 30 feet 36 feet
Rough proximity 36 feet 46 feet
Birdie percentage from rough 15.9 percent 8.7 percent
Par-4 scoring 3.93 4.06
Par-4 birdie percentage 20 percent 15.3 percent
Par-3 performance 71 over 193 over
Par-4 performance 388 under 343 over
Par-5 performance 374 under 263 under

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