Here in 2006 Tiger Woods played the par-5s in 14-under-par on his way to victory at the The Open, and with round two underway the stats are starting to take shape.
World number one Adam Scott was 4-under-par after yesterday’s first round. He eagled the par-5 fifth hole, while also picking up a birdie at the long 16th. This morning, Scott holed another birdie at the 5th, a hole he has played in 3-under par after just two rounds.
Brian Harman, currently T43rd, made two eagles yesterday at the fifth and 10th. He also birdied the 16th hole to play the par-5s in five-under-par for his first round and lead the par-5 stats. However, seven bogeys during the round meant he would be nowhere near the top of the leaderboard. Harman tees off for his second round at 3:55pm this afternoon.
Overnight leader Rory McIlroy birdied three out of four par-5s during his first round and is T11th in the par-5 leaderboard. Matteo Manassero also birdied three of the par-5s during his round of 67.
It’s not just playing well on par-5s that wins you Open Championships, a lot comes down to how you are on the greens.
The current clubhouse leader after his second round is George Coetzee, and his putting stats make impressive reading. After 36 holes the South African has holed 20 one-putts (55.60%) which helped him card five birdies on the back nine holes coming in. Amateur Bradley Neil only made 3 one-putts in his first round (16.7%) and finds himself tied for 132nd place.
DA Points leads the green in regulation stats, finding the green in regulation on an impressive 69.44% of holes after two rounds and finds himself tied for 42nd place after a three-under-par 69.
With a lot of the leaders due out this afternoon and potentially facing difficult conditions, making sure you putt well and play the par-5s under-par is key to remaining near the top of the leaderboard come the end of round two.