"Hit the ball close and score well. Miss greens score bad."
Not so. Dave Pelz studied Tigers game a few years ago when he was still "The Great One" and discovered that he wasn't in the top ten in GIR, putting, iron shots, driving distance or accuracy, etc. So why was Tiger winning 25% of the tournaments he entered at that time? Pelz correlated it to one statistic ... scrambling. It seems that Tiger was number one in getting the ball up-and-down from off of the green.
And lets not forget about the work done by Columbia University mathematics professor, Mark Broadie, which shows that the long game
is probably more important for AM's than the short game.