The calendar just recently turned to January, but the PGA Tour's new wraparound schedule affords the chance to take a reasonable look at trends among the tour's early statistical leaders.
Greg Chalmers lines up a putt during the first round of the Sony Open at Waialae Country Club. Photo: Stan Badz/Getty Images
Of particular note: strokes gained/putting -- a measure of how well tour pros putt compared with the field. Interestingly, the category's top five golfers after the Hyundai Tournament of Champions all play an older putter or a prototype not offered at retail.
* Greg Chalmers (+1.572): The lefty still uses the Bobby Grace MacGregor V-Foil mallet that won with at the 2011 Australian PGA and Australian Open.
* Webb Simpson (+1.538): The looming ban on anchoring hasn't kept the 2012 U.S. Open champion from wielding his Ping G5i Craz-E belly putter.
* Jimmy Walker (+1.528): Scotty Cameron's prototype Titleist Tour Rat putters are a favorite of many tour pros, including the Tour Rat 2 Walker uses.
* Brian Gay (+1.370): Bob Bettinardi made Gay a Bettinardi BB8 Tour prototype in 2010 he's used ever since.
* Aaron Baddeley (+1.138): Badds' Yes! C-Groove prototype has lead tape on the sole of the club to boost the headweight for a feel the Aussie prefers.