Key stats from The 147th Open at Carnoustie
It seems like only yesterday the eyes of the world watched on as Francesco Molinari lifted the Claret Jug on the 18th green at Carnoustie after delivering a flawless final round.
The Italian won his first major title in style as he finished with a bogey-free round of 69, including a stunning birdie at the last, to beat a group of four players by two shots.
In fact, the leaderboard only told part of the tale as Molinari also held off a rousing Sunday charge from his playing partner and three-time Open Champion Tiger Woods.
But now the dust has settled on The 147th Open, we’ve taken a look back at all the standout statistics from an enthralling week of golf in Angus.
Big hitters struggle
Much was made in the build-up about the daunting test posed by the mighty Carnoustie links, which had hosted seven Open Championships prior to The 147th Open.
A heatwave over the summer meant the fairways played quickly, but while there were some monster drives across the four days, the course did not prove a paradise for the big hitters.
Dustin Johnson went into The Open as the top-ranked player and blasted one of the longest drives of the week in his opening round on the 6th hole, where his effort was recorded at 405 yards.
But the American eventually finished with a five-over 76 on the Thursday, before shooting a one-over 72 on the Friday to miss the halfway cut by three shots.
He was not the only bomber to not come back for the weekend, with Hideki Matsuyama and Sergio Garcia also crashing out early despite hitting the two longest drives on the 10th.
Unforgettable. pic.twitter.com/Z8x3iNHKV3— The Open (@TheOpen) October 23, 2018
Reavie tops fairway charts
While finding the fairway was key at Carnoustie, American Chez Reavie demonstrated that even those who were in good shape off the tee could struggle around the course.
The American, playing in his first Open Championship since 2012 after moving into the world’s top 50, hit 23 out of 30 fairways across the first two days.
His statistics were the best in the field over Thursday and Friday, hitting 76.7 per cent of fairways to edge out the next best, Japan’s Hideto Tanihara (73.3 per cent), who also missed the cut.
Meanwhile Marcus Kinhult and Erik Van Rooyen hit the most fairways of the players who reached Sunday, both hitting 70 per cent over four rounds.
Perhaps surprisingly, Molinari finished way down the field for fairways hit, coming in a tie for 127th with 28 out of 60 (43.3 per cent) despite going on to lift the Claret Jug.
The final round of The 147th Open was 1 month ago today. Relive some of the highlights from Championship Sunday 👇 pic.twitter.com/W0eKUGrOCD— The Open (@TheOpen) August 22, 2018
Fleetwood on target
A disappointing final round saw Tommy Fleetwood slip out of contention for Champion Golfer, but nevertheless the Englishman dazzled with his irons across the four days.
He finished top of the Greens in Regulation (G.I.R) table, hitting 55 out of 72 (76.4 per cent), as he posted rounds of 72, 65, 71 and 73 to finish the Championship in a tie for 12th.
American Tony Finau was not far behind him with 54/72 (75 per cent), while former Champion Golfers Phil Mickelson and Louis Oosthuizen both finished with 53/72 (73.6 per cent).
Finau was the highest finisher of the three, ending up in a tie for ninth on four under, while Rory McIlroy found 68.1 per cent of Greens in Regulation en route to coming in a tie for second.
The Champion Golfer was much more consistent when it came to G.I.R, finding 48 out of 72 (66.7 per cent) – the same as playing partner Woods and 2016 Champion Golfer Henrik Stenson.
Consistency is 🔑 pic.twitter.com/NAQQFQ9GYf— The Open (@TheOpen) August 16, 2018
Kisner red hot with putter
No one fared better on the greens over the four days than Kevin Kisner, so it was no surprise to see the American run Molinari agonisingly close before finishing second.
He topped the charts for the fewest number of putts a player managed to complete a round with, only taking 22 in the first round, as well as finishing with the lowest average of putts per round (27).
Kisner’s brilliance with the putter meant he went into the final round in a tie for the lead, alongside defending Champion Jordan Spieth and Xander Schauffele, but it wasn’t to be in the end.
Schauffele was also in-form on the greens, taking an average of 28 putts per round, as he also joined Kisner in the group of four players who finished two shots behind Molinari.
Speaking of the Champion Golfer, he also finished with an average of 28 putts per round, a figure also achieved by Justin Rose, Rickie Fowler and Masters champion Patrick Reed.
The recovery kings
Carnoustie, like any Open Championship, was always going to force players to show off their powers of recovery and there were plenty who rose to the challenge.
Paul Dunne was one of them, finishing tied with Michael Kim and Reed for the most scrambles – where they missed the green in regulation and still achieved par.
The Irishman and the American duo racked up 22 scrambles each across the four days, although Dunne finished in a tie for 67th on seven over despite his impressive improvisation skills.
Defending Champion Spieth was also high up the charts, with 18, while Molinari made vital saves 17 times – a mark equalled by Justin Rose and Rickie Fowler.
Kisner was another who scored highly, getting up and down on 21 occasions, with Woods showing his resilience to scramble for par 16 times over the four days.
While Molinari did not feature in the upper echelons of most of the statistics, his consistency in all aspects of his game ultimately paid dividends as he delivered when it mattered most.
He also topped the most important table of them all, after making the most birdies across the Championship with 17 to become Italy’s first Champion Golfer.
Three-time major winner Brooks Kopeka and Cameron Davis matched the eventual winner’s birdie count but dropped more shots as they both finished tied 39th.
Patrick Cantlay, Adam Scott, Fleetwood and Woods were among those who made 16 birdies across their four rounds - yet they were also unable to catch the man of the moment.
Molinari maths 💥 pic.twitter.com/VaISMU3EEQ— The Open (@TheOpen) September 2, 2018
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