Breaking the Players down by numbers (and tweets)
Golf World contributing writer Brett Avery compiles the magazine's extensive Rank and File statistical packages for the four major championships, the Players Championship and the Ryder Cup/Presidents Cup. He also provides running commentary on Twitter (@bwavery) that's heavy on stats--a stream that includes a daily 5-minute quiz at noon (ET). Here's how the opening round of the Players unfolded:
36-hole cuts at TPC Sawgrass since moving to May, backward from 2010: 142, 144, 147, 149. Consider: those '08 and '07 numbers in high winds.
Keep in mind, Woods vs. cut in Players played in May: made it by one last year (WD), by four in '09 (solo eighth), by one in '07 (T37).
So that's, what, fourth PGA Tour WD for Woods as pro? '10 Players, '06 Nissan, '98 Pebble.
Only time Woods has WD'd from same event multiple times.
Scoring average @2011Players hovering around par 72. All-time first-day low: 70.849 in '93. Low since '07 move to May: 71.103 last year.
David Duval -4 after 11 holes @2011Players. Perhaps he wants 67: He began with that for T2 at '10 Pebble Beach, T2 at '09 U.S. Open.
More O'Meara (66): Four previous Thurs in 60s at #Players, ended week top 10 three times (68 in '87, 3rd; 69 in '92, T9; 67 in '93, 5th).
More O'Meara: At -6 he's 2 behind @2011Players leader Nick Watney, who was age 3 when O'Meara won first @PGATour title ('84 Milwaukee).
More Watney: Began '11 35th in world, now 15th. Two other present top 20s have bigger jumps: @BubbaWatson (32 to 11), Schwartzel (34/12).
@davidtomsgolf, age 44, begins @2011Players with 67, T3. Tops by 1 his '09 opener @TPCSawgrass, when he placed T9 (only #Players top 10).
Anticipating @2011Players cut tomorrow, even-par 72 currently T66 and includes top 78 players. Friday forecast: high 96, winds SW 12 mph.
Scoring average @2011Players remains largely unchanged in last hour, up to 72.193 @TPCSawgrass with last groups 3 holes from house.
Charley Hoffman snaps putter leaving 9th green [@2011Players](http://www.twitter.com/2011players) and @GolfChannel shows him tossing one in lake at 13th a few years ago. Timing!
Players champs w/ high rd of wk Thurs: Ames 71 ('06), @TigerWoods 72 ('01), Leonard 72 ('98), @Calvin Peete 70 ('85), Sutton 73 ('83).
10 #Players champs w/ low rd of wk Thurs, 4 of last 7: Scott 65 ('04), Funk 65 ('05), MIckelson 67 ('07), @TheSergioGarcia 66 ('08).
Think @TrevorImmelman is happy with 70? Began @2011Players with 75.25 average @TPCSawgrass. Previous 1st rounds: 79, 80, 73, 71 (4 MC).
*-- Brett Avery