ATLANTA — Only the top 30 golfers on the FedEx Cup points list have earned spots in the field at this week’s Tour Championship at East Lake Golf Club, and one of the surest ways to have the consistency needed to finish that high in the standings is hit high-quality iron shots. A lot of them.
Distance off the tee can be a huge advantage, but when golfers’ approach shots stay out of trouble and finish near the hole, they avoid making big numbers and set up birdie chances. That translates to low scores and fat bank accounts.
The stat on the PGA Tour that reveals the best iron players is Strokes Gained: Approach the Green. It shows how much of an advantage a player has, measured in strokes, over other golfers based exclusively on the quality of his approach shots and tee shots on par 3s.
The PGA Tour’s regular season has now concluded, and the list below reveals the players who finished in the top 10 in Strokes Gained: Approach the Green, along with the irons they use.