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Scottie Scheffler is playing some insane golf right now. Just how insane? He's the first player to break through Tiger's stranglehold of the top strokes gained numbers since his fall from the top post 2009. This is only covering the Tiger era and beyond, if you go back further Greg Norman for example has quite a few top scores, his best being +3.05 in 1993.

 

Now it's important to point out that SG is simply a player's performance relative to the field average. What Scottie is doing right now in a modern field is crazy I didn't think it was even possible.

 

If you want to check the data yourself you can find it here: Performance Table (datagolf.com)

 

Strokes Gained (True) 1996-2024
Rank Strokes Gained Player Year rounds
1 4.29 Tiger Woods 2000 84
2 3.92 Tiger Woods 2008 24
3 3.75 Tiger Woods 2007 68
4 3.68 Tiger Woods 2006 60
5 3.46 Tiger Woods 2009 62
6 3.39 Tiger Woods 1999 83
7 3.35 Tiger Woods 2002 72
8 3.32 Scottie Scheffler 2024 59
9 3.04 Tiger Woods 2003 72
10 2.87 Tiger Woods 2001 84
11 2.82 Tiger Woods 2005 82
12 2.80 Steve Stricker 2013 47
13 2.79 Xander Schauffele 2024 59
14 2.77 Vijay Singh 2003 106
15 2.77 Tiger Woods 2004 80
16 2.76 Scottie Scheffler 2023 103
17 2.70 Ernie Els 2003 96
18 2.68 Jim Furyk 2006 88
19 2.68 Tiger Woods 2012 75
20 2.65 Ernie Els 2004 90
21 2.63 Ernie Els 2000 76
22 2.62 Dustin Johnson 2018 82
23 2.60 Jordan Spieth 2015 96
24 2.58 Phil Mickelson 2000 84
25 2.57 Mike Weir 2003 75
26 2.56 Vijay Singh 2004 122
27 2.56 Tiger Woods 2013 66
28 2.56 Rory McIlroy 2022 87
29 2.54 Jason Day 2015 76
30 2.53 Nick Price 1997 58
31 2.52 Tiger Woods 1997 81
32 2.52 David Duval 1999 74
33 2.48 Rory McIlroy 2014 98
34 2.48 Jon Rahm 2020 63
35 2.48 Jon Rahm 2021 92
36 2.46 Rory McIlroy 2012 82
37 2.46 Jason Day 2016 69
38 2.45 Davis Love III 2001 75
39 2.45 Jordan Spieth 2017 86
40 2.44 Jim Furyk 2003 101
41 2.42 Greg Norman 1997 67
42 2.41 Tiger Woods 1998 73
43 2.41 David Duval 1998 87
44 2.40 Vijay Singh 2005 113
45 2.40 Rory McIlroy 2015 62
46 2.39 Adam Scott 2013 76
47 2.38 Rory McIlroy 2019 88
48 2.38 Rory McIlroy 2023 87
49 2.37 Rory McIlroy 2024 59
50 2.36 Luke Donald 2011 94
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Tiger is on a different plane of existence but here are a few non-Tiger thoughts...

 

Underrated...

  • The quality of Xander's golf in 2024
  • Rory's consistency (7 seasons in the top 50, no other player sans Tiger has more than 3)
  • Vijay's volume (Each of Vijay's top seasons included over 106 rounds played) 

 

It will be interesting to see if Scottie can keep this level of play going for a few more years. This chart says it's pretty unlikely but Vijay, Ernie, and Rory never reached his peak so who knows. 

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And just for completionists sake, here are the top scores going back to 1983. Jose Maria sticks out, but he only played 5 events that season with measurable data.

 

Strokes Gained (True) 1983-2024
Rank Strokes Gained Player Year rounds
1 4.29 Tiger Woods 2000 84
2 3.92 Tiger Woods 2008 24
3 3.75 Tiger Woods 2007 68
4 3.68 Tiger Woods 2006 60
5 3.46 Tiger Woods 2009 62
6 3.39 Tiger Woods 1999 83
7 3.35 Tiger Woods 2002 72
8 3.32 Scottie Scheffler 2024 59
9 3.11 Jose Maria Olazabal 1990 18
10 3.05 Greg Norman 1993 54
11 3.04 Tiger Woods 2003 72
12 2.87 Tiger Woods 2001 84
13 2.87 Greg Norman 1990 52
14 2.82 Tiger Woods 2005 82
15 2.80 Steve Stricker 2013 47
16 2.80 Seve Ballesteros 1983 30
17 2.79 Xander Schauffele 2024 59
18 2.77 Vijay Singh 2003 106
19 2.77 Tiger Woods 2004 80
20 2.77 Greg Norman 1994 63
21 2.76 Scottie Scheffler 2023 103
22 2.75 Bernhard Langer 1993 20
23 2.71 Jack Nicklaus 1984 52
24 2.70 Ernie Els 2003 96
25 2.68 Tiger Woods 2012 75
26 2.68 Jim Furyk 2006 88

 

Datagolf had 196 scores of +2 SG or better. Out of those here are the player who have the most appearances in the list:

 

15 - Tiger Woods 

10 - Greg Norman

        Rory McIlroy 

7 - Jim Furyk 

6 - Vijay Singh

      Phil Mickelson 

      Ernie Els

      Davis Love

      Fred Couples 

5 - Justin Rose

      Dustin Johnson

      Jon Rahm

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48 minutes ago, Dutch1008 said:

Tiger is on a different plane of existence but here are a few non-Tiger thoughts...

 

Underrated...

  • The quality of Xander's golf in 2024
  • Rory's consistency (7 seasons in the top 50, no other player sans Tiger has more than 3)
  • Vijay's volume (Each of Vijay's top seasons included over 106 rounds played) 

 

It will be interesting to see if Scottie can keep this level of play going for a few more years. This chart says it's pretty unlikely but Vijay, Ernie, and Rory never reached his peak so who knows. 

 

  • Xander has been ridiculously consistent. Easy to miss because he's not winning as much as you would expect. Of course that PGA did help his cause.
  • I agree, I thought DJ would be right alongside him but nope. It helps that he played extremely well from an early age and has continued to do so.
  • Vijay was crazy from age 35-45. It's almost like he wanted to make up for lost time in his 20s.

As for Scottie? I have no idea. Even Tiger and Jack had off years so you would think Scottie couldn't possibly sustain this level of golf for more than a few years. We'lll see. 

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16 minutes ago, Golfnutgalen said:

As for Scottie? I have no idea. Even Tiger and Jack had off years so you would think Scottie couldn't possibly sustain this level of golf for more than a few years. We'lll see. 

 

Outside of putting, Scottie has no weakness. He's long, straight, the best ball striker in the game, and has a filthy short game to boot. His game should age well. The visual characteristics give me pause. The shuffling feet, the excessive weight shift. Seems like a lot of pieces that need to stay in sync. That said, he's been > +2 SG for nearly 3 straight years so perhaps his quirks are far more stable than they look?   

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56 minutes ago, Dutch1008 said:

 

Outside of putting, Scottie has no weakness. He's long, straight, the best ball striker in the game, and has a filthy short game to boot. His game should age well. The visual characteristics give me pause. The shuffling feet, the excessive weight shift. Seems like a lot of pieces that need to stay in sync. That said, he's been > +2 SG for nearly 3 straight years so perhaps his quirks are far more stable than they look?   

he had those quirks when he was winless for 2 years on the pga tour if he falls off they wont be the cause. unless he twists an ankle ;}

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52 minutes ago, jimecherry said:

he had those quirks when he was winless for 2 years on the pga tour if he falls off they wont be the cause. unless he twists an ankle ;}

 

Probably, he certainly makes it work. It just seems like the type of swing that would run hot and cold. Compare Scottie's swing to a similarly tall player like Ludvig. Which swing do you think requires the practitioner to coordinate more balance and timing? 

 

That's not meant to be a dig at Scottie. If anything it's gushing awe at his body control and hand eye coordination. In its own way It is olympic gymnast level stuff. 

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2 hours ago, cdnglf said:

Peak Mike Weir > Peak Rory McIlroy

 

Bizarre right? Relative to the field he was indeed playing fractionally better. Of course Mike never got close to that peak again with his next best being +1.36 in 2006.

 

2003 is an interesting year, Vijay, Ernie, Mike, and Furyk played exceptional golf and seemed to be closing in on Tiger's dominance. Phil had a bad year, but then he rebounded in 2004 playing incredible golf in the majors. 

 

Another year that stands out is Steve Stricker in 2013, he had a significantly lower average than Tiger (2.80 vs 2.56) but didn't have any wins to show for it. Tiger on the other end won 5 while playing rather inconsistent golf (7 finishes outside the top 30) for his lofty standards. 

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Here's Tiger by himself. What surprises me is 2010 and 2011 really weren't that bad in retrospect. He had 21 years of extremely solid golf. Sure the rounds played is a bit low in some years but when he showed up he was ready to compete. 

 

The rank column shows his placement within the available scores going back to 1983. That's 15 scores in the top 63. His next best 2018 is just a hair outside the top 200 or so scores. 

 

Tiger Woods Strokes Gained
Rank Strokes Gained Player Year rounds
1 4.29 Tiger Woods 2000 84
2 3.92 Tiger Woods 2008 24
3 3.75 Tiger Woods 2007 68
4 3.68 Tiger Woods 2006 60
5 3.46 Tiger Woods 2009 62
6 3.39 Tiger Woods 1999 83
7 3.35 Tiger Woods 2002 72
11 3.04 Tiger Woods 2003 72
13 2.87 Tiger Woods 2001 84
14 2.82 Tiger Woods 2005 82
18 2.77 Tiger Woods 2004 80
25 2.68 Tiger Woods 2012 75
35 2.56 Tiger Woods 2013 66
41 2.52 Tiger Woods 1997 81
63 2.41 Tiger Woods 1998 73
  1.98 Tiger Woods 2018 72
  1.60 Tiger Woods 2010 53
  1.57 Tiger Woods 1996 43
  1.54 Tiger Woods 2011 38
  1.32 Tiger Woods 2020 32
  1.28 Tiger Woods 2019 41
  0.54 Tiger Woods 2014 29
  0.00 Tiger Woods 2016 0
  -0.27 Tiger Woods 2023 10
  -0.62 Tiger Woods 2021 10
  -0.69 Tiger Woods 2015 36
  -1.08 Tiger Woods 2017 7
  -1.65 Tiger Woods 2024 9
  -1.83 Tiger Woods 2022 9
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