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Rickie Fowler has beaten 98 percent of golfers in the 2014 majors

By Kyle Porter | Golf Writer

Rickie Fowler and Sergio Garcia have played well in the majors this year. (Getty Images)
Rickie Fowler and Sergio Garcia have played well in the majors this year. (Getty Images)

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There are so many random golf stats it would make Bill James' head swim. There's strokes gained putting and par-5 performance, and, my gosh, there's a thing called right rough proximity.

Most folks don't know (or care to know) what any of these mean but Jamie Kennedy of statistics fame on Twitter has come up with something we can all use.

It's essentially the "how many people did you beat" stat. That is, if you enter a 150-golfer tournament and win you beat 100 percent of your competition. If you finish 10th by yourself you beat 140 other golfers, or 93 percent. It's very straightforward.

With that, here's a look at how many golfers Rickie Fowler has beaten in the three majors this season:

His number, 97.7 percent, is absurd. For the sake of context Tiger Woods beat 99.2 percent of competitors over the course of the four majors in 2000 -- three of which he won. Fowler is playing about as well as a golfer can possibly play without having won a major.

For fun, here are the numbers for a few other golfers over the first three majors of the 2013-14 season:

Rory McIlroy: 90.6 percent
Adam Scott: 91.9 percent
Phil Mickelson: 70.1 percent
Tiger Woods: 21.4 percent
Sergio Garcia: 75.1 percent
Bubba Watson: 52.0 percent

Anyway, I petition the PGA Tour and European Tour to start keeping this as an actual stat. I'd be all in on that.

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