For those who are fans of Mark Broadie’s work in Every Shot Counts, you know that the “drive for show, putt for dough” mantra is just false in most cases, and definitely false in aggregate. But since this is my first stat-focused post on this site, I just had to state it at least once. And for those who are still doubters, here are Jhonattan Vegas’ strokes gained numbers for the RBC Canadian Open.
Jhonattan Vegas gained 12.7 strokes on the field over his four rounds (the above chart shows his per round averages), and roughly 2/3rds of this came from his driving and approach shots. The one major outlier in the top 10 was du Toit, whose putting was by far the most impressive part of his game, adding 9 strokes gained over the course of four rounds, compared to 1 stroke gained from tee to green. But for Vegas, he earned his money with his driver and approach shots.
See here for PGA Tour’s great explainer on strokes gained.