(Image courtesy golfweek.com, tournament information courtesy PGA Tour)
Buckeye alumni Ryan Armour and Tee-K Kelly were on the course last week. Let’s check in on their rounds…
PGA Latinoamérica Tour
Tee-K Kelly was in Buenos Aires, Argentina for the 112 VISA Open de Argentina. Tee-K’s visit was relatively brief since his opening rounds scores of 73-73-146 (+6) missed the cut by 3 strokes.
Things pretty much went south on Tee-k’s opening day front nine with a 37 (+3). He recovered with a 2 birdie/2 bogey, even par 36 back nine.
Friday’s front nine was an adventuresome 37 (+1). Tee-k rolled in 3 birdies, 2 bogeys and a double bogey. A birdie on #10 got him back to even par for the round, but bogeys on #11, #14 and #16 killed his chances to play the weekend.
At this point, Tee-K is 7th in the PGA Latinoamérica Order of Merit.
Ryan Armour spent the week at the RSM Classic in Sea Island, Georgia.
His four round total of 69-70-71-65-275 (-7) placed him in T-37th place. His final round of 65 (-5) tied for best round of the day and moved Ryan up 31 spots on the leaderboard. That was good for an additional $13,000 or so in the bank account. Ryan also sits at #12 in the FedEx Cup standings, which is good.
Through his first three rounds, Ryan’s average score was par (respectable), he averaged 280 yards off the tee (respectable) hitting 81% of the fairways (outstanding) while hitting 77% of greens in regulation – GIR – (outstanding). His strokes gained putting was -.67 (pretty bad). Basically, strokes gained putting is a measure of how a golfer compares to the field; a higher, positive number is good. A negative number is not good.
On the PGA Tour this season, the “average” player birdies 20% of the holes he’s played. Ryan is a good bit better, averaging a birdie 24% of the time. In his first three rounds he birdied only 15% of his holes. Since he hit so many greens in regulation, the problem was the putting.
Sunday’s round of 65 was a different story. His driving distance (273 yards), driving accuracy (78%) and GIR (78%) were consistent with his first three rounds. The difference was in putting. Ryan’s strokes gained putting for the day was 2.11. For comparison, the top five players in this category average around 1.50, so Ryan had a very good day putting. He recorded an eagle and 6 birdies on Sunday. That’s 39% of holes played, far, far better than the 15% in his previous three rounds.