The last 6 PGA Tour winners rank in the top 25 in this key statistic

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With Tom Hoge's win at Pebble Beach, he became the sixth PGA Tour winner in a row to rank in the top 25 in SG: Approach.

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While last week’s Saudi International featured a star-studded field — and a pretty epic finish — the Pebble Beach Pro-Am still provided some theatrics of its own. Jordan Spieth did Jordan Spieth things over the weekend as he came up just shy of his 13th PGA Tour victory, Patrick Cantlay put himself in the mix (again), and Tom Hoge put together a sublime Sunday back nine for his first victory.

Hoge’s performance was notable not only because he got the first-win monkey off his back, but also because he continued an interesting trend of Tour winners this season. Let’s dive into the week’s statistical nuggets below.

1. The importance of iron play. Tom Hoge was a force on Pebble’s back nine on Sunday. His inward charge featured four birdies as he hit seven of his nine approach shots inside 20 feet. That deadeye accuracy with his irons was good for second in SG: Approach for the day, and improved his standing on the season in the same category to fifth.

Hoge’s appearance near the top of the charts in SG: Approach continues an interesting trend over the past six events on Tour. With Hoge’s win, the last six Tour winners rank inside the top 25 in SG: Approach for this season. Going back to the beginning of the season, nine of 14 winners on Tour this season currently rank inside the top 25 in SG: Approach.

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2. A well-rounded game. Sungjae Im only has one victory this season, but based on his well-rounded stats, you could argue he should have more. Im ranks inside the top five in five key statistical categories this season, including top 10s, in which he ranks No. 1 on Tour with four this season. The 23-year-old has been among the most consistent players on Tour this season, and another victory shouldn’t come as a surprise.

3. Still No. 1. Hideki Matsuyama didn’t tee it up last week at Pebble Beach, but he still holds onto the top spot in the FedEx Cup standings. The defending Masters champ already has two wins this season, and his game appears to be in form with the Masters looming. Could a repeat at Augusta be in the cards?

Here is the rundown of the PGA Tour’s stats leaders in 10 key categories.

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FedEx Cup Standings

RankNamePointsWinsTop 10s
1Hideki Matsuyama1,17823
2Tom Hoge1,06513
3Talor Gooch97113
4Sungjae Im87114
5Luke List79713
6Sam Burns77613
7Cameron Smith73113
8Seamus Power61003
9Cameron Tringale58403
10Viktor Hovland58111

Full standings

Top 10s

RankNameTop 10s
1Sungjae Im4
212 tied3

Full standings

Scoring Average

1Cameron Smith69.226
2Russell Henley69.345
3Mackenzie Hughes69.624
4Seamus Power69.695
5Denny McCarthy69.734
6Luke List69.757
7Talor Gooch69.77
8Collin Morikawa69.789
9Sungjae Im69.807
10Troy Merritt69.83

Full standings

Driving Distance

1Cameron Champ323.7
2Matthew Wolff320.4
3Cameron Young318.5
4Joseph Bramlett318.4
5Jhonattan Vegas317.9
6Luke List316.7
7Taylor Pendrith315.5
8Chan Kim315.4
9Trey Mullinax314.9
10Wyndham Clark314.2

Full standings

Driving Accuracy

1Kevin Kisner74.35
2Louis Oosthuizen73.81
3Brian Stuard73.32
4Austin Eckroat72.8
5Abraham Ancer72.54
6Ryan Armour72.4
7Viktor Hovland71.93
8Lucas Glover71.88
9Collin Morikawa71.43
10Kyle Stanley70.85

Full standings

Greens in regulation

1Collin Morikawa79.17
2Louis Oosthuizen79.01
3Jon Rahm78.17
4Russell Knox77.61
5Corey Conners77.51
6Viktor Hovland77.43
7Cameron Smith77.16
8Kevin Kisner76.9
9Lucas Glover76.63
10Will Zalatoris76.62

Full standings

SG: Total

1Matt Fitzpatrick2.71
2Jon Rahm2.153
3Cameron Smith2.015
4Sungjae Im1.975
5Collin Morikawa1.95
6Will Zalatoris1.899
7Russell Henley1.766
8Luke List1.543
9Sam Burns1.528
10Marc Leishman1.502

Full standings

SG: Tee-to-green

1Will Zalatoris2.094
2Luke List2.001
3Sungjae Im1.76
4Russell Henley1.637
5Jon Rahm1.539
6Matt Fitzpatrick1.517
7Ryan Palmer1.5
8Collin Morikawa1.414
9Sam Burns1.413
10Austin Eckroat1.343

Full standings

SG: Putting

1Wesley Bryan1.349
2Matt Fitzpatrick1.193
3Kelly Kraft0.994
4Beau Hossler0.978
5Matthias Schwab0.958
6Mackenzie Hughes0.941
7Adam Long0.925
8Brian Gay0.918
9Cameron Smith0.886
10Billy Horschel0.861

Full standings


1Sungjae Im76.56
2Louis Oosthuizen76.47
3Patrick Cantlay74.07
4Matt Kuchar74.05
5Denny McCarthy73.26
6Troy Merritt73.15
7Sergio Garcia72.73
8Tom Hoge72.37
9Mark Hubbard71.43
10Hideki Matsuyama71.32

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