Rickie Fowler Goes 57 of 57 Inside 7′

File under: “Misleading Stat of the Week”

Rickie Fowler went 57 of 57 putting from inside 7′ in winning the Honda Classic at PGA National the past four days, and the statistic is being touted across the Internet and on Morning Drive as an astounding feat.

Rickie Fowler was fifth in strokes gained putting (SGP) for the week. So that’s a great week of putting. But was it his success from inside of 7′ that vaulted him to the top of the SGP list and the leaderboard? Rickie putted really, really well this week.

But did he putt as well as “57 of 57 inside 7′” implies?

No.

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