2018 Pro Tour Points
Back to Wysocki. The numbers can’t lie, he’s in first place for tour standings, and outside of WACO, he hasn’t finished outside the top 5. I’d been thinking about whether or not Ricky was playing differently than last year so I thought, as we head to Utah, it would be interesting to compare his 2018 season stats to how he played last year at the 2017 Utah Open. His win at Mulligan’s DGC was nothing short of signature, a forehand ace with a trusty Harp, so it made sense to compare his 2018 stats to one of his victories. First, let’s take a look at Ricky’s stats from last year’s Utah Open.
Ricky Wysocki 2017 Utah Open Stats
Ricky Wysocki 2018 Pro Tour Season Stats
Looking at these numbers, it’s hard to say Ricky has fallen off. His 2018 stats are very close to his performance at a great victory last season. He is playing well enough to put together those stats again; they’re in reach. The difference isn’t Ricky though; it’s the field. For example, last year in Utah, making Circle 2 In Regulation 76% of the time meant you did it better than anyone else. 3% worse in the 2018 Pro Tour season and you’re in 20 th . 80% Fairway hits in Utah last year might be better than any other player that weekend but this season, Ricky’s 74% has him in 60 th . On the 2018 Pro Tour, 80% Fairway Hits only gets you to 12 th in that particular stat. For context, this season, Eagle is at 84% fairway hits.
So here’s my verdict, Ricky is just a little bit behind this season when you compare his 2018 stats to his performance at the 2017 Utah Open. He’s capable of a repeat, and as a momentum player, Wysocki’s got to be excited to play on a course he’s shredded before. The bad news that might not be good enough this year. In almost every single stat we track, the 2018 players are throwing better than the final tally at the end of last year. There is, of course, plenty of golf left this season and those stats may change. In other words, if you want to win the 2018 Utah Open, you’ll have to play better than a walk-off ace.
Don’t miss any of the action this week when live coverage kicks off Friday, June 22 nd at 5 PM EST. You can always find our written coverage here on DGPT.com right after each division finishes. Until then, grab a stack of harps, head to the 18 th hole of your home course and start practicing.