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Golf Australia Express : Issue 37
THE 2011 SEASON was one of many firsts for Jhonattan Vegas. The 27-year-old PGA Tour rookie made history becoming the first Venezuelan golfer to win a PGA Tour event with victory at the Bob Hope Classic. He followed that breakthrough win with a tie for 3rd at the Farmers Insurance Open the next week, becoming—after just six career starts—the first rookie to head the FedEx Cup table. With a scoring average of less than 71 shots a round, Vegas went on to secure three top 10s and five top 25s for the season, amassing more than $1.8 million along the way. But the colourful character is a long way from his 2011-self this season. Despite a top 10 finish at The Players, Vegas’ best finish was a 27th at the season-opener in Hawaii. The big-hitter, who still ranks 10th for driving distance, has three-figure rankings in a number of key stats. He’s ranked 178 in driving accuracy, 101 in greens in regulation and sits way back at 117 in strokes gained through putting. With just a touch more than $440,000 to his name in earnings this season you can add the money list (101) to that roll, too. And although Vegas is far from shooting a ton on the course, seeing his scoring average slip by more than a full shot a round is certainly concerning for his camp. OTG Jhonattan Vegas Year Events Wins Top 25 Money List Ave. Score 2012 14 0 1 $440,283 (101) 72.03 2011 25 1 5 $1,854,414 (46) 70.97 Missing In Action: The average number of shots taken in each round on Tour WHAT IT MEANS: STAT: Scoring Average THE NUMBERS DON’T LIE... STAT THE