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Tiger Woods leads PGA Tour in top 10 finish percentage

By Kyle Porter | Golf Writer

Rory McIlroy has finished in the top 10 more than you would imagine in 2013. (USATSI)
Rory McIlroy has finished in the top 10 more than you would imagine in 2013. (USATSI)

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The question of top 10 percentage is more intriguing to me than its close relative "total top 10 appearances."

All of these golfers are excellent at what they do (that's why they get paid to swing clubs for a living) so by dumb luck if you play every tournament you're going to grab two or three or four top 10 finishes.

But which golfers are the most efficient. That is, which golfers have the highest percentage of top 10 finishes per tournament played (top 10s divided by total tournaments).

Let's take a look:

1. Tiger Woods -- 61 percent (five wins)
2. Steve Stricker -- 50 percent (no wins)
3. Adam Scott -- 46 percent (two wins)
4. Justin Rose -- 43 percent (one win)
5. Bill Haas -- 41 percent (one win)
6. Brandt Snedeker -- 40 percent (two wins)
6. Henrik Stenson -- 40 percent (no wins)
8. Phil Mickelson -- 39 percent (two wins)
9. Rory McIlroy -- 36 percent (no wins)
10. Lee Westwood -- 35 percent (no wins)

Of this group Haas has played in the most tournaments (22) but he also has the most top 10s (nine). Stricker has played the fewest tournaments (10) but has top 10s in five of them which is ridiculous.

I think this shines a light on what I've been saying all year that Rory McIlroy's demise has been greatly exaggerated. He hasn't won (though he could have at the Texas Open if not for Martin Laird's final-round 63) but he hasn't been awful either.

McIlroy has played in 14 tournaments and finished in the top 10 five times. That's a better percentage than Matt Kuchar, Jason Day, Keegan Bradley, Graeme McDowell, and Dustin Johnson.

The problem (as I mentioned above) is that along with Henrik Stenson and Lee Westwood he's the only other guy on this list to have not won.

I think there's a decent chance that changes over the next three tournaments.

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