Phil Mickelson and Golf Fans React to a Deteriorating PGA Tour Stat

Published 12/28/2021, 9:25 AM EST
Nov 11, 2021; Phoenix, Arizona, USA; Phil Mickelson prepares to putt from just off the 18th hole during the first round of the Charles Schwab Cup Championship golf tournament at Phoenix Country Club. Mandatory Credit: Allan Henry-USA TODAY Sports


If you compare golf over the decade, there has been a significant change. Not only has it become a more popular sport over time, but the technological improvements and advancements are something truly marvelous. And this irony was not lost on the golf world, especially Phil Mickelson, when a stat surfaced which revealed the worsening condition of putting on the tour.

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A recent post on Twitter disclosed some putting stats comparison from 2004 to 2021, two completely different eras of golf. And one thing that did not sit well with us is the consistent decrease in percentage from all distances. Let’s check it out.

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A stat reveals deterioration in putting on the PGA Tour

An account on Twitter called Club Pro Guy posted a picture on Twitter. It starts with 4-8 feet, all the way to 25+ feet. Understandably, the shortest distances have the highest numbers, and it significantly reduces as the distance increases.

In the shortest category, the percentage of putts made in 2004 was 70.65%. However, it dropped to 68.73% in 2021. Amused by these numbers, the caption said, “Why are people putting these?” This was probably in reference to the shorter distance putts, ‘conceded putts‘, that are generally given by the other player.

Phil Mickelson and the golf world react to the stat

Phil Mickelson replied, I see why the greens books were banned. Crazy how many more putts are made now!” This, of course, is his sarcasm coming into play. However, fans, too, were perplexed at this revelation.

Many tried to come up with their theories, blaming the new and evolving courses, speed of the green, and other technicalities of the game. One called the stat ‘misleading’, saying the 68% could be much better than the 70% then. However, let’s take a look at some of the best comments on the tweet-

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What do you think of this? Is there any truth behind these numbers, or does it reflect a completely different side of the argument?

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Ishita Bhargava

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Ishita Bhargava is a Golf content writer at Essentially Sports. Currently pursuing her undergraduate degree from the Shri Ram College of Commerce, she has a keen interest in sports and fitness. When not playing or watching a sports event, Ishita can be seen spending time with her pets or binge-watching.

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