McBeth Found Another Record To Break

The Florida A-tier was a little more exciting than expected

Photo: Alyssa Van Lanen – PDGA

Paul McBeth didn’t throw an 18-under round at Throw Down the Mountain, so I guess there is nothing to talk about.

Except there is because he ended the tournament ranked first in fairways hit, Circle 1 in regulation, Circle 2 in regulation, Circle 1X putting, and Circle 2 putting. Basically, all of the really important stats,1 which means if you didn’t know already, you can probably deduce that he won the tournament.

Finishing ranked first in any category at a tournament with 74 pros, 17 of which were 1000-rated, is a feat. But finishing first in five is down right ridiculous. How ridiculous? Well, it has never been done before. Never! In the previous 38 events with UDisc Live data, no player has ever finished a tournament leading the field in all five of those statistical categories!

One other player has led four of those categories, and I bet you can guess who it is? That’s right, Paul McBeth. He led the field in everything but Circle 2 putting at the 2018 Great Lakes Open, and we all know what happened there.2

Two other Open players, besides McBeth, have led the field in three categories: Eagle McMahon at the 2019 San Francisco Open, and Mark Lyons at the 2016 Green Mountain Championship. Both led in fairway hits, and Circles 1 and 2 in regulation.

The bottom line is McBeth is throwing the disc better than anyone else has in a while and he keeps figuring out ways to outdo his out-sized expectations.


  1. These five statistics matter frequently, if not on every hole. Whereas throw-ins, OBs, and scrambling generally occur less frequently. 

  2. His first 18-under round. 

  1. Aaron Howard
    Aaron Howard

    Aaron Howard is a Visiting Assistant Professor at Franklin & Marshall College. He loves to play disc golf and to think about things he loves quantitatively. Contact him at ahoward1@fandm.edu and follow him on Instagram.

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