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Tour Championship Winning Formula

East Lake Golf Club is a Par 70 that can stretch to over 7,300 yards. The layout was originally designed by Tom Bendelow and was completely remodelled by Donald Ross in 1913. In 1994 architect Rees Jones restored Donald Ross’ original course layout.

East Lake is a fair test of golf with no one statistic jumping off the page. Hitting fairways is just one of the necessary factors required to contend but the key challenge is on the greens. Those who putt well on the Bermuda greens will thrive.

2017 | Xander Schauffele

Xander Schauffele
SG Category
Strokes GainedFinishing Position
(SG Category)
SGOTT4.5891
SGAPR0.28715
SGARG3.5903
SGP1.06713
SGT2G8.4652

Schauffele’s game from the tee was exemplary topping the pile in Strokes Gained Off-The-Green. This yielded a gain of 4.589 strokes or almost 50% of his overall strokes gained on the field average for the week. His game from inside 30 yards from the edge of the green was also on point. He finished 3rd in Strokes Gained Around-The-Green which produced a gain of 3.590 strokes or almost 38% of his overall gain. Other stats for the week include 5th in Driving Distance, T9 for Driving Accuracy, 6th for Greens in Regulation and T14 in Putts per GIR.

2018 | Tiger Woods

Tiger Woods
SG Category
Strokes GainedFinishing Position
(SG Category)
SGOTT1.9046
SGAPR1.15614
SGARG1.2869
SGP5.1212
SGT2G4.3457

Tiger had a solid week tee-to-green finishing 7th in the Strokes Gained Tee-To-Green (4.435 strokes) category. However, it was his stellar putting that delivered the majority of his strokes gained on the field average for the week. He finished 2nd in Strokes Gained Putting which yielded a gain of 5.121 strokes. Other stats for the week include T3 for Driving Accuracy, 13th for Driving Distance, T14 for GIR and 1st for Putts per GIR.

2019 | Rory McIlroy

Rory McIlroy
SG Category
Strokes GainedFinishing Position
(SG Category)
SGOTT5.3141
SGAPR3.1879
SGARG2.4672
SGP2.16511
SGT2G10.9681

McIlroy’s game tee-to-green was a ball-striking master class topping the pile in the Strokes Gained Tee-To-Green category. Tee-to-green he gained almost 11 strokes on the field or 83.51% of his overall gain. In particular he drove the ball long and well finishing 1st in the Strokes Gained Off-The-Tee. He also finished 1st for Birdies racking up a total of 20. Other stats for the week include T3 for Driving Accuracy, 8th for Driving Distance, T5 for GIR and 2nd in Putts per GIR.

Tour Championship Winning Formula

Taking the average strokes gained for the past three winners in each of the strokes gained categories yields the following “winning formula”.

SG CategoryWinner’s Average
Strokes Gained
Average Finishing
Position (SG Category)
SGOTT3.9363
SGAPR1.54313
SGARG2.4485
SGP2.7849
SGT2G7.9263

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