PGA TourNovember 9, 2015

Peter Malnati just won his first PGA Tour title thanks to an all-time putting week

The stat you'll hear most surrounding Peter Malnati's win at the Sanderson Farms Championship on Monday is that he's the fifth first-time winner in five events this season on the PGA Tour. That's cool and all, but it's a pair of remarkable putting statistics that paved the way for Malnati's maiden victory.

We'll start with strokes gained/putting, where Malnati finished the week at +11.85. That means he gained 11.85 strokes on the rest of the field over the four rounds, or nearly three strokes (2.96) per round. Aaron Baddeley finished second in that category for the event (8.22), and David Toms finished third (5.93). Not surprisingly, both Toms (T-2) and Baddeley (T-4) finished in the top five overall.

To put that 2.96 number in perspective, Baddeley led the tour in the stat last year at .717. So, yeah, Malnati was on fire.

If the strokes gained/putting stat still doesn't do it for you, how about a more visual metric? For the week, Malnati made an incredible 495 feet, 7 inches of putts. That included at least one make from 32 feet or longer in each round as well as that three-footer for par on the final hole that sealed his one-shot win over Toms and William McGirt.

After a tough rookie season on the PGA Tour in 2014, Malnati finished fourth on the Tour regular-season money list this year to regain his card for the 2015-'16 season. Although his win in an opposite-field event won't earn him an automatic Masters invite, he now has job security for two more years after this season. And then there's this:

Yep, it's been a pretty good couple of weeks.


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