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PGA Tour's Yearly Putting Average Leaders

 

Below are the annual leaders in putting average (putts per round) on the PGA Tour - those golfers who average the fewest putts per 18 holes in PGA Tour events. The list goes back to 1980, which is the year the tour started keeping this statistic.

A few notes about the list:

  • The lowest putting average to lead the putts per round stat is 27.51, recorded by Brian Gay in 2013.

  • The highest average to lead this statistic is 28.81 by Jerry Pate in 1980, the first year the stat was official.

  • The golfer who has led in putts per round most often is Brad Faxon, four times (1996, 1997, 2000, 2009).

Now, on to the list:

Putts Per Round Leaders on the PGA Tour
2013 - Brian Gay, 27.51
2012 - Jonas Blixt, 27.89
2011 - Kevin Na, 27.75
2010 - Brandt Snedeker, 27.97
2009 - Brad Faxon, 28.00
2008 - Corey Pavin, 27.92
2007 - Tim Clark, 27.88
2006 - Aaron Baddeley, 27.96
2005 - Steve Stricker, 27.79
2004 - Brian Gay, 27.96
2003 - Aaron Baddeley, 27.88
2002 - Bob Heintz, 27.57
2001 - Craig Kanada, 27.90
2000 - Brad Faxon, 28.05
1999 - Robert Damron, 28.24
1998 - Rick Fehr, 27.71
1997 - Brad Faxon, 28.17
1996 - Brad Faxon, 28.26
1995 - Jim Furyk, 28.02
1994 - Ben Crenshaw, 27.88
1993 - Dick Mast, 28.38
1992 - Ed Fiori, 28.39
1991 - Lance Ten Broeck, 28.02
1990 - Morris Hatalsky, 28.11
1989 - Isao Aoki, 28.13
1988 - Don Pooley, 28.04
1987 - Morris Hatalsky, 28.33
1986 - Bernhard Langer, 28.39
1985 - Bobby Clampett, 28.63
1984 - Gary McCord, 28.57
1983 - Morris Hatalsky, 27.96
1982 - Ben Crenshaw, 28.65
1981 - Alan Tapie, 28.70
1980 - Jerry Pate, 28.81

This stat has been superseded by other putting stats (such as strokes gained putting) that more accurately reflect putting prowess. How might average putts per round might misleading? Think of a golfer who misses lots of greens, so is chipping close to the hole a lot. That golfer might have a lower putts per round average than a golfer who hits lots of greens and so is putting from farther away. In that way, this particular stat might sometimes skew the perception of who is and isn't a great putter.

That doesn't mean putts per round isn't still a useful stat, however. Just look again at the list above: lots and lots of great putters on it, so this stat in general does a good job of identifying great putters.

See also:
PGA Tour greens in regulation leaders
PGA Tour sand saves leaders
PGA Tour driving accuracy leaders
PGA Tour driving distance leaders

 

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