Rory McIlroy did something he had only done ONCE before at The CJ Cup!

McIlroy's putting stats were off the charts at The CJ Cup, and he even set a new stats record.

Andy Roberts's picture
Tue, 19 Oct 2021

Rory McIlroy did something he had only done ONCE before at The CJ Cup!

Rory McIlroy might not be renowned as one of the best putters on the PGA Tour but he certainly got hot with his magic wand en route to a 20th career victory on the circuit at The CJ Cup. 

McIlroy, 32, carded a final-round 66 to see out a narrow one-shot victory over Collin Morikawa at The Summit Club on Sunday. 

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What we find incredible about McIlroy's victory is that his strokes-gained approach to the green was measured at -3.630, ranking him 67th in the field.

For those none the wiser, this means McIlroy was losing 3.6 shots to field with his approach play - something unthinkable for not only an imperious iron play like McIlroy but also a winner on the PGA Tour. 

To put this statistic further into perspective, McIlroy's -3.630 number is the lowest (worst) of all time from a winner since records began in this category on the PGA Tour (stretching back 600 measured PGA Tour events). 

It was therefore down to McIlroy's TaylorMade Spider X Hydro Blast to bail him out of trouble. 

And it certainly did that, and then some. 

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McIlroy led the strokes-gained putting statistic during a tournament week on the PGA Tour for just the second time in his career at The CJ Cup.

The newly-promoted World No.8 achieved an impressive 6.028 statistic in the category. 

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McIlroy had only previously topped the strokes-gained putting stat when winning the 2018 Arnold Palmer Invitational. 

He ranked second in the stat when winning the 2012 Deutsche Bank Championship and the 2011 Memorial, and he was third in the stat when winning the Wells Fargo Championship earlier this year, as well as at the 2016 Memorial. 

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McIlroy was unsurprisingly toward the top end of the driving distance for the week at The CJ Cup, ranking fourth on 321.2 yards.

He was tied 38th in the driving accuracy, finding 66% of the fairways (37/56) for the week. 

McIlroy also scrambled particularly well, ranking second for the week on 89%.

The Northern Irishman joins elite company as the seventh youngest player on the PGA Tour to win 20 times since 1960.

Tiger Woods was 24 years old, Jack Nicklaus was 26, Tom Watson and Arnold Palmer were 30, Phil Mickelson was 31 and Billy Casper was 32 just like McIlroy. 

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