How is Tiger's coming back going? He finished 2nd at the Valspar Championship, and now he's had enough rounds for us to be able to look at the key stats from his return.
So far, he's already jumped from World No. 666th in December to 149th in just five events, posting results of T9-T23-MC-T12-T2 (including the unofficial Hero World Challenge event) as he edges ever closer to his 80th PGA Tour victory.
Just last year at the President's Cup Woods admitted there was a chance he may never play professionally again, and now it feels like question isn't will he ever win again, to when will he win again?
Next week, he heads to Bay Hill for the Arnold Palmer Invitational - a place where he's won eight times in his career. But before we get too far ahead of ourselves, how is he actually doing against the rest of the PGA Tour? The Valspar was a much better week for Tiger in terms of driving and less so in sharp iron shots, but so far it's been the weaker part of his game.
What he is doing though, is showing a fused spine won't slow him down - ranking 2nd in clubhead speed on tour behind Kevin Mitchell, and 0.07mph better than Rory McIlroy. But what about how the rest of the current World's top 10 are doing in the 2017/18 season so far? (This graph excludes Sergio Garcia and Brooks Koepka, who haven't played enough events on the PGA Tour this season to qualify for statistics.)
|Driving distance||303.4 (T42)||311.0 (13th)||312.5 (9th)||306.7 (27th)||298.3 (82nd)||309.7 (17th)||298.1 (83rd)||294.0 (117th)||315.4 (6th)|
|Driving accuracy||48.9% (199th)||56.89% (132nd)||59.07% (101%)||57.22% (124th)||58.46% (112th)||53.18% (172nd)||60.74% (81st)||64.44% (35th)||65.92% (24th)|
|Scoring average||69.47 (5th)||68.843 (1st)||69.054 (2nd)||70.105 (28th)||70.080 (26th)||69.476 (7th)||70.732 (68th)||69.987 (19th)||69.473 (6th)|
|Clubhead speed||122.5 mph (2nd)||121.61 (7th)||117.70 (28th)||118.41 (23rd)||114.10 (88th)||117.67 (29th)||118.09 (25th)||115.05 (71st)||117.54 (132nd)|
|GIR||61.1% (174th)||70.00% (27th)||70.14% (25th)||69.05% (41st)||69.91% (28th)||66.67% (78th)||71.90% (8th)||71.39% (12th)||65.63% (101st)|
|Scrambling||63.3% (28th)||62.96% (29th)||65.70% (12th)||60.90% (57th)||69.23% (2nd)||64.58% (17th)||61.63% (49th)||65.05% (14th)||60.61% (62nd)|
|Putts per round||28.1 (8th)||27.75 (3rd)||28.19 (15th)||28.11 (10th)||28.96 (76th)||28.25 (21st)||29.24 (119th)||29.15 (102nd)||27.94 (7th)|
|One Putt-Percentage||45.24% (2nd)||43.61% (11th)||43.75% (10th)||44.44% (6th)||38.66% (102nd)||44.10% (9th)||39.87% (64th)||39.17% (87th)||45.14% (3rd)|
|Putting from 3'||1st||129th||82nd||101st||190th||156th||1st||113th||1st|
|Ball speed||180.62 (8th)||182.76 (1st)||176.73 (26th)||177.42 (22nd)||171.74 (63rd)||172.74 (52nd)||175.42 (33rd)||172.81 (51st)||175.56 (32nd)|