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U.S. Open Day 2. Does Appleby have the game to finish it?

Written by: Tony Korologos | Friday, June 13th, 2008
Categories: Champions TourEuropean TourPGA TourTiger WoodsWeb.com Tour

Does Stuart Appleby have the game to win his first major and the U.S. Open? I’d LOVE to see Appleby win this thing. Unfortunately I’ve seen him falter with pressure, missing some short putts while in contention of tournaments which have much less pressure.

Strengths and weaknesses?

Most consider Appleby to be comfortable on a “bomber” course like Torrey Pines. A look at Appleby’s stats though, show that his strength is putting. Putting wins majors in the end. This bodes well for Stuart.

Stuart Appleby STATS
Driving Distance 290.1 48th Tot. Dist. – 25,532 Tot. Drvs. – 88
Driving Accuracy Percentage 59.64% 137th Fwys Hit – 365 Poss. Fwys – 612
Greens in Regulation Pct. 62.25% 93rd Greens Hit – 493 # Holes – 792
Putting Average 1.755 13th GIR Putts – 865 Greens Hit – 493
Eagles (Holes per) 396.0 112th # Holes – 792 # Eagles – 2
Birdie Average 3.70 12th # Birdies – 163 Tot. Rnds. – 44
Scoring Average 70.01 14th Tot. Strks – 3,128 Tot. Adj. – 47.539-
Sand Save Percentage 50.75% 88th # Saves – 34 # Bunkers – 67
Total Driving 185 80th Total rank from stats 1 & 2
All-Around Ranking 517 29th Total rank from stats 1-8
Regular Season FedExCup Points 5,354 30th Pts.Behind – 12,391
Money Leaders $1,322,930 32nd
Par Breakers 20.83% 15th #Bird/Eagl – 165 #Holes – 792
Putts Per Round 28.30 19th Tot. Putts – 1,245 Tot. Rnds. – 44
GIR Pct. – Fairway Bunker 54.8% 24th

In the hunt

Tiger Woods dropped an unbelievable freaking 30 on the back today. Arguably nobody plays Torrey Pines better. Tiger is right in the mix, one back. Davis Love III, who Monday qualified, is tied for 5th. And Rocco (freaking) Mediate has made a flash at the top of the leaderboard today, finishing tied for 2nd. Come Sunday, he and Karlsson will be distant memories.

Pos. Player Thru Tot.
1 S. Appleby F -3
T2 R. Karlsson F -2
T2 R. Mediate F -2
T2 T. Woods F -2
T5 M. Jimenez F -1
T5 D. Love III F -1
T5 D. Trahan F -1
T5 L. Westwood F -1
T9 R. Allenby F E
T9 L. Donald F E
T9 E. Els F E
T9 G. Ogilvy F E

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