The PGA Tour was sidelined for three months because of the COVID-19 pandemic and the season’s first major championship has not been played, so you can be excused if you did not realize that the PGA Tour’s season is just about done.
This week the world’s best players are in Memphis, Tennessee, for the WGC FedEx St. Jude Invitational, and the FedEx Cup playoff series starts in three weeks.
As always, one of the keys to winning at TPC Southwind, aside from staying cool, is good iron play. Last season Brooks Koepka won the event by shooting 68-67-64-65 thanks to some timely putting and finishing 11th in strokes gained approach the green. His average for the week was 0.802, which means the four-time major winner gained almost a full-shot advantage over the average player in the field based on his iron play and shots from the fairway.
The second-place finisher last season, Webb Simpson, ranked fifth that week in strokes gained approach the green (1.279). Marc Leishman, who finished third, was second in strokes gained approach the green (1.628).
Below is a list of the 10 golfers who lead the PGA Tour in strokes gained approach the green this season, along with the irons in their bags.
10. Russell Henley, 0.796
Russell Henley (Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports)
IRONS: Titleist T100 (4-9), with True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue AMT X100 shafts
T-8. Viktor Hovland, 0.827
Viktor Hovland’s Ping equipment (David Dusek/Golfweek)
T-8. Gary Woodland, 0.827
Gary Woodland’s Wilson irons (David Dusek/Golfweek)
7. Patrick Cantlay, 0.842
Patrick Cantlay’s Titleist irons (David Dusek/Golfweek)
IRONS: Titleist 718 AP2 (4-9), with True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100 shafts
6. Paul Casey, 0.844
Paul Casey (Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports)
5. Hideki Matsuyama, 0.868
Hideki Matsuyama’s Srixon irons (David Dusek/Golfweek)
IRONS: Srixon Z785 (3, 4), 945 (5-PW), with True Temper Dynamic Gold S400 shafts
4. Marc Leishman, 0.911
Marc Leishman’s Callaway gear (David Dusek/Golfweek)
3. Justin Thomas, 0.983
Justin Thomas’ Titleist equipment (David Dusek/Golfweek)
2. Tyrrell Hatton, 1.014
Tyrrell Hatton’s Ping equipment (David Dusek/Golfweek)
IRONS: Ping i210 (4-PW), with Nippon N.S. Pro Modus 3 Tour 120X shafts
1. Collin Morikawa, 1.098
Collin Morikawa (Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports)