April 2016 Report
On the PGA Tour
Jon Curran, (MA), is in his second year on the PGA Tour. The Hopkinton native has a scoring average of 71.154. Curran has made 6 cuts in 13 starts earning $539,414. Not a long hitter, Jon needs to tighten up his Greens In Regulation, (GIR), statistic currently 62.65%. Hitting more greens in regulation along with some short game improvement and Curran is sure to see the winner’s circle in 2016.
Arron Baddeley, (NH), sports a scoring average of 70.930 with earnings of $441.662 making 7 cuts in 10 starts. Baddeley has earned more in his ten starts this year than all of 2015. Baddeley needs to get control of his driving accuracy, (54.5%), to improve his GIR percentage, (63.3%). His putting stats look very good as does his overall short game. Note: This writer apologizes for not including Arron Baddeley in our TNE updates. Oversite corrected.
Keegan Bradley, (VT), has a scoring average of 71.090 making 4 cuts in 10 starts with earnings of $253,407. Bradley continues to have trouble adjusting to the new USGA Anchor Putter Ban. The winner’s circle has alluded Keegan since his WGC Bridgestone Invitational in 2012. An excellent ball striker, Bradley’s driving and GIR stats are good but his Sand Save rank of 203 and Overall Putting Average of 203 indicate the need for confidence building by our 2011 PGA Champion.
Scott Stallings, (MA), has a scoring average is 71.377 making 4 cuts in 12 starts. Although he has put his suspension behind him, an illness forced a WD earlier in the year. Scott has had his mind focused on family. Wife Jennifer gave birth to their second child, Millie, March 1st so Scott has been busy on the Homefront. Much like Bradley, Stallings needs work on his putting and sand game. Scott’s earnings to date are $285,050.
Rob Oppenheim, (MA), is in his first year on the PGA Tour at age 35. Making 5 cuts in 7 starts, ‘Opps’ made good on an exemption into the Arnold Palmer Invitational. Playing on the world stage after climbing onto the first page of the leaderboard in round 2, T-4th at 8 under par. Rob finished -7/281, T-20th. Rob’s scoring average is 71.637 with earnings of $137,930. An improved putting average, Rob needs work on hitting more fairways. Special congrats on Rob’s special week at Bay Hill.
J.J. Henry, (CT), continues to struggle with his game. Although making 8 cuts in 9 starts, Henry’s highest finish was 42nd at the Shriners Hospitals Children Open in October. A scoring average of 72.178, JJ’s putting stats tell the story. His putting numbers were good through 2011 but have continued to decline since. One of our most talented players, we wish Henry luck regaining his putting confidence.
Billy Andrade, (RI), having been away from competitive golf for several years, has regained his form. Now in his third season on the Champions Tour, Andrade’s scoring average sits at 70.25 and he is ranked 8th in the Charles Schwab Cup race. Billy finished the Allianz Championship T-1ST only to lose in a playoff. Andrade has earned $199,453 in his four starts this year.
Brad Faxon, (RI), continues to struggle to get back to his old form. Going back and forth between broadcasting and playing, Faxon hasn’t been able to focus entirely on his golf. We certainly hope to see Brad back in the winner’s circle soon as his attention turns back to the fairways.
Of note: Brad and Billy are dedicated to giving back to community and to that end have been the spearheads at the forefront of the annual CVS Health Charity Classic.
Peter Uihlein, (MA), is in his 5th year on the European PGA Tour and has been playing well of late showing a scoring average improvement from 73.38 to 70.63. In three weeks Peter finished 9th, T-4th and 4th in the Malaysia Championship, Perth International and True Thailand Classic respectively. Uihlein’s stats since the last issue have improved tremendously telling me the week he took off after the Perth event paid off.
Megan Khang, (MA), is in her rookie season and has wasted little time letting the LPGA Tour know she has arrived through the quality of her play. A scoring average of 70.10 making 2 cuts in 3 starts as her LPGA Tour career unfolds, Megan finished T-11th at the Pure Silk Bahamas LPGA Championship and T-4th in the Founders Cup. Four sub-par rounds in the 60’s, Khang was in the hunt all the way finishing the event -19/269. The poised 18 year old from Rockland made the decision to turn professional in lieu of playing college golf. It appears it was a good decision.
Brittany Altomare, (VT), finished 16th on the 2015 Symetra Tour’s money list to regain her LPGA Tour card. Playing in the LPGA’s Pure Silk Bahamas tournament finishing 21st earning $14,000, Brittany’s stats were impressive. Her average driving distance of 273 yards found the fairway 82% of the time with a Greens in Regulation, (GIR), statistic of 74%. Good putting stats back up the fact Altomare is ready to go with a scoring average of 70.75.
Alison Walshe, (MA), is in year 8 of her professional career. Missing the cut in both of her 2016 starts, a scoring average of 74.88 indicates Alison is struggling. With career earnings of $807,201 we hope the very talented Walshe gets back on track soon.
Richy Werenski, (MA), is in his second year on the Web.com and already Richy has all but matched his 2015 earnings. Making 1 cut in 3 starts, Werenski finished T-2nd in the Club Columbia Championship and earned almost as much, $61,600 in that event as his season total of $62,086 in 2015. Richy’s scoring average sits at 70.13. With his Columbia finish Werenski is ranked 8th in the Web.Com money list.
Jim Renner, (MA), had a difficult year in 2015 making just 7 cuts in 27 starts on the PGA Tour with earnings of $90,000. Renner is playing on the Web.Com this year and continues to struggle making 2 cuts in 3 starts. Looking at Jim’s statistics compared to last year, there’s been improvement on all fronts including his scoring average. It was 72.431 at the close of 2015 compared to his current number of 70.70.
James Driscoll, (MA), James has played in three events on the Web.com Tour this season in Panama. Columbia and The Chitimacha Lousiana Open. He missed cuts in all three. On the 2015/ 2016 PGA Tour James got a T40 at the OHL Classic in Novemeber at Mayakoba earning $24,800. He has some status on both tours as is working to get full status.
*We want to wish Ken Green, (CT), well after his recent surgery to relieve him from the agonizing pain he has had to deal with after the loss of his lower right leg in a horrible RV accident in 2009. The procedure was deemed a success by doctors to ‘cap the nerve ends’. We wish the 5 time PGA Tour winner will a speedy and successful recovery.