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January 21, 2013

Inside the Numbers: 2013 Humana Challenge and Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship

Posted at 11:41 AM by Sal Johnson | Categories: Abu Dhabi Golf Championship, Humana Challenge

P1-TigerWith his win at the Humana, Brian Gay moved up 180 spots in the World Ranking, to 116th from 296th.

Gay is known for hitting it straight and scrambling, and last week was no exception. He was tied for second in driving accuracy, hitting 44 of 56 fairways, and fourth in scrambling, getting up and down on 10 of 12 greens missed. He hit 60 of 72 greens for the week and dominated the par 4s, playing them in 14 under.

This was Gay's fourth career win; he led going into the final round for the other three, but this week he began the final round six shots back.

In 2012, seven players came from six or more shots back in the final round. Kyle Stanley (8 shots, Waste Management Phoenix Open), Brandt Snedeker (7, Farmers Insurance Open), John Huh (7, Mayakoba Golf Classic), Tommy Gainey (7, McGladrey Classic), Phil Mickelson (6, AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am), Marc Leishman (6, Travelers Championship), Ernie Els (6, British Open).

Brian Gay shot 63 on Sunday, one of the best rounds of his career. In 432 events and 1382 rounds, his best rounds were 62 in the fifth round of the 2011 Bob Hope (T5) and 62 in the third round of the 2008 Mayakoba Classic (W).

His best fourth rounds were:
63: 2013 Humana Challenge (W)
63: 2009 Bob Hope Chrysler (T19)
63: 2010 Byron Nelson (T2)

Charles Howell has won $24.6 million with only two career victories. Since his last win at the 2007 Nissan Open, he has played in 171 events with earnings of $11.1 million and no victories.

Of the top 38 players on the career money list, Howell has the fewest wins. Of the top 100 in career earnings, only eight players have fewer wins. Briny Baird (99th) has never won, and these players have just one win: Tim Clark (39th), Bo Van Pelt (50th), Kevin Sutherland (65th), John Senden (66th), Pat Perez (89th), Kevin Na (90th) and Fredrik Jacobson (92nd).

Howell has 14 runner-up finishes and 62 top-10 finishes in his 13-year career of 366 events.

Rookie David Lingmerth finished second in his second PGA Tour event, getting knocked out of the playoff with a bogey on the first extra hole. Since 1970, only Anthony Kim has earned a runner-up finish faster. He tied for second in his first tournament, the 2006 Valero Texas Open. Nathan Green also tied for second in his second tournament, losing a playoff at the 2006 Buick Invitational.

Since turning pro in 1996, Tiger Woods has played in a total of 301 PGA Tour and European Tour events, only missing the cut in nine PGA Tour events and just once on the European Tour, last week in Abu Dhabi.

Martin Kaymer, Webb Simpson and Steve Stricker have played with Tiger twice in events in which he has either missed the cut or withdrawn.

This was the first week that Rory McIlroy missed the cut in an event where Tiger Woods also missed the cut. (McIlroy did miss cut at 2010 Players, when Woods withdrew.)

(Photo: Kamran Jebreili / AP)

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