Daly’s bunker shot at the Buick Invitational Big John was better than even money to get up and down from the bunker on Torrey Pines South’s 18th hole. For the year Daly had a sand-save percentage of 54.8 percent, good enough to be ranked 27th in that stat. Furthermore, it should have been no surprise that Daly would birdie the par 5. His par-5 scoring average was 4.49, tied for second. Craig Parry’s playoff hole out at the Ford Championship The shot of Parry’s career came in a playoff and, therefore, wasn’t part of his ShotLink stats, but the odds were long on Parry even getting the 176-yard shot within birdie range, let alone holing it. On approaches from 175 to 200 yards, the Aussie ranked T-168, leaving himself an average of 36 feet, six inches from the hole. In addition, Parry holed only two other shots in 2004 with the longest being a 13-yarder on the 16th hole at Westchester during the Buick Classic. Phil Mickelson’s 18-foot putt to win the Masters Faced with the biggest putt of his life, Mickelson was just outside his comfort zone. Although ranked 10th in putting from 10 to 15 feet, Lefty made just 21 of 112 attempts (18.8%, ranked T-102) in the 15- to 20-foot range. It was fitting, however, that Mickleson’s birdie came on a par 4–he led the tour in par-4 scoring, averaging 3.96 on those holes. Todd Hamilton’s up-and-down at the British Open The stats said Hamilton wasn’t a strong bet to make the critical up-and-down that sealed the British Open. The 38-year-old rookie ranked T-91 in scrambling (58.7%) and T-85 in scrambling from the fringe (86.5%). However, once the chip ended up two feet from the hole it wasn’t likely Hamilton would miss the putt. He made 743 of 745 attempts from three feet or less. Sergio Garcia’s 60-foot putt at the Ryder Cup Although it meant nothing, Garcia’s 60-foot bogey putt (with 20 feet of break) on the 18th hole at Oakland Hills during the Saturday four-ball matches at the Ryder Cup was symbolic of Europe’s dominance. It also was very, very unlikely. Garcia made just seven of 233 attempts from beyond 25 feet in 2004. Further, his average total distance of putts made during a round was 66 feet (just six feet more than his Ryder Cup bomb), ranking him dead last in that category. Ryan Palmer’s 62 to win the Funai Classic at Disney Although no one could have forseen a final-round 62, Palmer’s scores in 2004 did get progressively better with each round, culminating in a fourth-round scoring average of 70.17, tied for 12th on tour. His averages for rounds one through three were 71.41 (T-130), 71.22 (T-117) and 70.83 (T-86), respectively.