Strokes Gained: DJ Drives to Victory

Dustin Johnson tees off on the 10th hole. (USGA/Jeff Haynes)
Dustin Johnson tees off on the 10th hole. (USGA/Jeff Haynes)

Dustin Johnson came from four strokes behind Shane Lowry to win his first major, the 116th U.S. Open Championship at Oakmont Country Club.
 
Johnson was ranked first in strokes gained driving, gaining 2.4 strokes per round, representing 56 percent of his total gain on the field. He led the field in driving distance, averaging 25 yards longer than the field, and he was ranked No. 24 in driving accuracy, hitting 8 percent more fairways than the field average. 

U.S. Open Final Results:

 Strokes gained per round (ranks in parentheses)
PlayerPositionDriveApprShortPutt
Dustin Johnson1 2.4 (1)   0.9 (11)   0.6 (24)   0.4 (30)  
Jim FurykT2-0.8 (60)   2.5 (1)   1.0 (8)   0.9 (14)  
Scott PiercyT2 1.0 (10)   0.8 (14)   1.5 (2)   0.3 (36)  
Shane LowryT2 0.8 (15)  -0.1 (50)   1.5 (2)   1.4 (6)  
Sergio GarciaT5 1.2 (5)  -0.5 (62)   2.1 (1)   0.5 (29)  
Branden GraceT5 0.8 (15)   0.2 (37)   0.9 (11)   1.4 (6)  
Kevin Na7 0.3 (31)   0.2 (37)  -0.3 (53)   2.9 (1)  
Zach JohnsonT8 0.3 (31)   0.4 (30)   0.7 (18)   1.4 (6)  
Jason DufnerT8 1.5 (2)   0.7 (20)   0.7 (18)  -0.1 (46)  
Daniel SummerhaysT8 0.6 (21)   0.5 (28)   1.1 (5)   0.6 (27)  
Jason DayT8 0.6 (21)   0.0 (47)   1.1 (5)   1.1 (10)  
      
 TotalDriveApprShortPutt
Top 11 average3.30.80.51.01.0

Mark Broadie is a Columbia Business School professor who developed the strokes-gained statistic to compare each player’s performance against the rest of the field.