When professional golfers
really lose it
, it usually
shows up in the form of apocalyptic off-the-tee numbers.
Smylie Kaufman, who made his first cut since January of 2018 at
last week’s Rocket Mortgage Classic, was
strokes-gained off-the-tee in his
recent 50 measured
leading into last week (which should be considered
close to apocalyptic):
Kaufman beat that baseline by 2.76 strokes at the Rocket Mortgage Classic,
performing just below the level of an average PGA Tour pro for the week
(-0.04 SG:OTT per round). As someone with a self-diagnosed
case of the driver yips, I’m really hoping this is the start of
an upward trend for Smylie’s long game.