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2013 Season by the Numbers

Who are the players with the most birdies and eagles? Who owns the lowest scoring average? Who takes more advantage of par-five holes? Learn the answer to these and other questions as we look back at the first half of the season

Timothy O'Neal is the player with most birdies during the 2013 season //Archive PGA TOUR

Ponte Vedra Beach, FL (October 1, 2013) – Following 28 rounds and 504 holes of play over a stretch of seven tournaments that got the NEC Series-PGA TOUR Latinoamérica season started between March and May several interesting numbers arise. Those numbers provide a good idea about the state of the Tour and its top players with seven tournaments left to play starting next week in Dorado, Puerto Rico.

- The lowest scoring average belongs to Mexico’s José de Jesús Rodríguez, who also happens to be our Order of Merit No. 1 player. The 32-year old better known as “El Camarón” owns a scoring average of 69.79 in 24 rounds played. He leads his countryman Oscar Serna, who is the next best, by more than half a stroke. 

- Colombia’s Oscar Álvarez made the cut in all seven of his Tour starts this season and ranks fifth in scoring with an average of 71.11 strokes per round. Surprisingly, he has yet to finish in the top-5 in any tournament and is currently ranked outside the Order of Merit’s top-10. On the opposite end, Argentina’s Maxi Godoy ranks ninth in the Order of Merit despite being 23rd in scoring average at 72.05 strokes.
- Timothy O’Neal from Savannah, Georgia is the player with the most birdies made this season. His grand total of 138 birdies includes a Tour record-tying string of seven birdies in a row during the second round of the Roberto De Vicenzo Invitational Copa NEC last April. His birdie average per round is currently at 4.3.
- Despite having only one top-10 finish – T8 at the 66th Arturo Calle Colombian Open in May – O’Neal’s good friend Jhared Hack has managed to position himself among the Tour birdie leaders with a total of 107. 

- If you are looking for some steady play your man is Mexico’s Oscar Serna, who has collected 304 pars for an average of almost 12 pars per round. Argentina’s Lucho Dodda, Julián Etulain and the USA’s Michael Buttacavoli and Gunner Wiebe join Serna in the top-5 in that category.

- Samuel Del Val from Spain and Cody Slover from California share the distinction of being the players with the most eagles, each of them collecting eight. However, they haven’t been able to take advantage of those and are currently ranked outside the Order of Merit’s top-50.

- As we all know, bogeys are part of the game and there are two ways to battle them. Timothy O’Neal makes up for his 109 bogeys with many birdies, while José de Jesús Rodríguez limits his to an impressive average of only two per round.

- Keeping the big numbers out of your card is critical in order to score well. Phoenix’s Ted Purdy, Colombia’s Oscar Álvarez and Uruguay’s Juan Ignacio Lizarralde know it well as they lead the Tour with the less number of double-bogeys or higher.

- Another secret to “El Camarón” Rodríguez’s success is playing the par-three holes extremely well. The champion of the Roberto De Vicenzo Invitational Copa NEC is the player with the lowest scoring average on the shorter holes at 3.03 strokes.

- The other secret he shares with Timothy O’Neal is staying low on par-four holes, where they remain the only two players with a stroke average under par. The Mexican leads the way at 3.93, while the American is at 3.95. 

- Despite not being among the Order of Merit leaders, other players who are performing some solid golf on par-four holes are Colombia’s Andrés Echavarría (4.02) and the USA’s Liam Logan (4.03) and Corbin Mills (4.04). The three of them are ranked in the par-four holes scoring top-10. 

- Finally, Mexico’s Oscar Serna is the leading man on par-five holes. Currently ranked No. 4 among “Los Cinco” despite having no wins this season, the consistent Serna owns a scoring average of 4.51 strokes on the longest holes. Jorge Fernández Valdés, Juan Ignacio Lizarralde and Manuel Villegas are only a step behind him.

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