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September 5th, 2012 · No Comments

While discussing match ups for the upcoming Ryder Cup matches this AM on Morning Drive, Gary Williams compared Francisco Molinari’s GIR of 78.7% on the European Tour to Tiger Woods’ best of 75.2% in 2000 while building his case for the Italian.

The trouble is that this is a classic case of apples to oranges. Yes, Molinari is hitting a ton of greens, but this is coming on the European Tour, whose courses play like sub 7,000 yard munis compared to those on the PGA Tour. Here’s the proof: Lee Westwood leads the PGA Tour in GIR at 69.9% while 79 players have hit OVER 70% of the greens on the European Tour!

Molinari is second on the European Tour at 78.7%, but in 26 rounds on the PGA Tour his GIR is only 63.7, or about 11 fewer greens per 72 holes. The list below of players who compete on both tours shows that, in most cases, a huge gap exists between their GIR in America versus Europe. And, that gap would be even larger if the European Tour didn’t include several PGA Tour events in their stats.

A conclusion that jumps out from this it that players on the ET get more practice on approach putts than do players on the PGA Tour, but far less practice on their short games, which they will need when they play in American. As for Williams, perhaps he needs a new research assistant, or maybe he should lay off the stats.

GIR – PGA Tour vs. European Tour
PGA — ET

63.7 — 78.7  Francisco Molinari
66.1 — 78.6  Rory McIlroy
69.9 — 71.3  Lee Westwood
64.1 — 71.8  Luke Donald
61.8 — 71.3  Padraig Harrington
66.4 — 77.8  Ernie Els
64.8 — 77.0  Sergio Garcia
61.3 — 76.4  Ian Poulter
61.6 — 75.7  John Daly
62.4 — 75.3  Charl Schwartzel
69.7 — 73.6  Justin Rose
68.5 — 79.5  Louis Oosthuizen

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