(Image courtesy bleacherreport.com, tournament information courtesy PGA Tour)
Ryan Armour spent the week at the OHL Classic at Mayakoba in Playa Del Carmen, Mex.
His four round total of 68-69-73-72-282 (-2) placed him in T-55th place. His opening two rounds of -5 to par were clearly much better than his weekend rounds of +3 to par. So what happened?
For Thursday, Ryan struck the ball pretty well. He averaged 270 yards off the tee while hitting 12 fairways (86%) in regulation, so he did a nice job of keeping the ball in play. He hit 14 greens (87%) in regulation, converting 4 of those opportunities into birdies. He averaged 1.86 putts per green. The putting could have been sharper, but his ball-striking was first-rate.
Ryan’s Friday round was not nearly as sharp. He averaged 268 yards off the tee while hitting only 7 fairways (50%). His iron play was still sharp, hitting 13 greens (72%) in regulation, but he converted only 2 of those opportunities into birdies. He averaged 1.85 putts per green. He was leaking oil on the tee-box and on the greens, but his iron play earned Ryan another under par round.
On Saturday, Ryan drove the ball very well. He averaged 278 yards off the tee while hitting 13 fairways (93%) in regulation; he did a great job of keeping the ball in the fairway. Unfortunately, his approach play slipped a bit as he hit only 12 greens (67%) in regulation (I would love to slip like that), converting 3 of those opportunities into birdies. He averaged 1.92 putts per green. Here’s a round where he excelled at driving, but couldn’t get the ball near the hole.
On Sunday, Ryan did everything well except putt. He averaged 276 yards off the tee while hitting 12 fairways (86%) in regulation; he did a nice job of keeping the ball in the fairway and it was reflected in his iron play. He hit only 14 greens (78%) in regulation, converting 4 of those opportunities into birdies. He averaged 1.93 putts per green. Although the putting wasn’t sharp, it probably wasn’t his best short game round. Of the four greens he missed in regulation, he failed to get up-and-down to save par. It was just one of those days.
Although Ryan had a fairly solid four days of ball striking, the putting on the weekend was the chink in his Armour. His weekend rounds averaged 2 putts per round higher than his Thursday-Friday rounds. That four stroke differential could have placed Ryan another 20 or so placed higher on the leaderboard. It’s a fine line these guys walk; the margin of error is very slender.
Ryan Armour is is Sea Island, GA for the RSM Classic this weekend. On Thursday’s opening round, Ryan tees off from the first tee in the 10:00 am group. The group consists of Armour, Nick Watney and Stewart Cink.