World ranking (current/end of year)
Current 2020 Stats
FedEx Cup Rank: 7th
Top 10: 3
Top 25: 3
Made Cut: 9
Off-The-Tee: 96th (2019: 130th, 2018: 114th, 2017: 45th)
Approach: 5th (2019: 28th, 2018: 71st, 2017: 35th)
Around The Green: 132nd (2019: 54th, 2018: 22nd, 2017: 17th)
Putting: 85th (2019: 41st, 2018: 80th, 2017: 36th)
Tee-To-Green: 15th (2019: 46th, 2018: 52nd, 2017: 17th)
Total: 15th (2019: 26th, 2018: 48th, 2017: 7th)
Back in 2017 the Aussie landed two wins among seven top ten in 25 PGA Tour starts, an effort that pushed him in the world’s top 30 and he’s not left it since. In seasons 2018 and 2019 he landed 13 top tens, adding one win, but he looked on track to better that when 2020 was disrupted. In fact, after winning the Farmers Insurance Open and being denied by only Tyrrell Hatton in the Arnold Palmer Invitational, he must have been feeling confident about the Masters. For a fine golfer his SG stats in the last two years have been poor, with not one top 20 ranking. This year’s success has been built on an exceptional approach game.
Grade so far: A
Farmers Insurance Open (on winning without his best game): “Some of the places I hit it, it wasn't the most impressive stuff off the tee today, but if you miss it in the right spots and your putter's hot, you can shoot anything. I proved that today.”
Farmers Insurance Open (on his ambitions): “My game's in a good spot. Definitely gives me confidence, but it's a long way before the first major. That's a goal of mine, to win one of those this year, or at least contend. It's been a little while since I've contended in a major and something that I would like to do this year.”
Arnold Palmer Invitational (on coping with the brutal R3 conditions): “Today is probably as hard as I've seen this place play, which I enjoy. I like it when you have to play really well to shoot par and that was certainly the case today.”
THE MAJORS (most recent result on the left)
The Masters: 49-9-43-MC-MC-4-MC
He famously played the final round with eventual winner Adam Scott in 2013, punching the air when his compatriot holed a crucial putt on the final green. Other than that effort he has, in truth, struggled at Augusta National with the exception of 2018 when a second round 67 left him T2 at halfway and he finished T9. One worry: He’s carded just two sub-70 laps in 22 attempts (and broken par only seven times).
PGA Championship: MC-71-13-60-MC-47-12-27-48
Just two top 25 finishes in his nine starts and neither were top tens. Moreover, he has only three times ended any round inside the top 20 and never the top ten. It’s almost bizarre that, despite making 7-of-9 cuts, he has never so much as hinted at contending.
U.S. Open: 35-45-27-18-MC-MC-51-MC
Something of a repeat of his limp PGA efforts. Slightly worse results, but he has, at least, figured in the top 20 at the end of rounds more often (nine times in 26 rounds), but only found himself in the top ten once, after a first round 68 (T7) in 2017. In all, he lacks even one top ten in 17 U.S. Open and PGA Championship appearances.
Open Championship: MC-60-6-53-2-5-MC-MC-60
What an odd record – three top six finishes set against six failures to make the top 50! It’s interesting that in those half-dozen poor efforts he never looked like performing well, whilst two of the better efforts looked like heading that way at halfway, only for him to finish 64-66 for T2 on the Old Course in 2015 and 66-65 for T6 at Royal Birkdale in 2017. Only at Royal Liverpool was he in the top 40 after 36 holes. In fact, he was in the top 20 all week before recording T5 thanks to a Sunday 65.