Author Archives: WUP Staff

Sep
2
2013
By WUP Staff under By the Numbers
2-1-3

2-1-3

At the halfway point of the FedExCup Playoffs, the Player of the Year discussion has started to heat up. Much of the conversation has been centered around which achievements are more noteworthy: One major championship win or five regular PGA Tour victories?  Of course, everyone has their own opinion on this, but what can we learn by looking at the numbers?

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Jul
31
2013
For the win!

For the win!

By the Numbers has been a little sketchy schedule-wise this summer, but with a big stretch of golf coming up, look for more regular postings. This week’s Numbers will look at Phil Mickelson’s Open Championship victory and Brandt Snedeker’s win at the RBC Canadian Open.

I would have liked to do more on Phil’s victory, but the majors do not use ShotLink, and as such, there is very little good data/statistics available for analysis (and anyone who tries to do a stats analysis on the majors is BS-ing you). Without further ado, your By the Numbers Open redux:

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Jun
12
2013
By WUP Staff under By the Numbers
Adam Hadwin hitting out of the rough so deep you can hardly see his shoes! (Photo credi: Chad Coleman / @hashtagchad

Adam Hadwin hitting out of the rough so deep you can hardly see his shoes!                                                           (Photo credi: Chad Coleman / @hashtagchad)

As loyal readers know — hi, mom! — By the Numbers is generally a look back on the previous week’s tournament, but with all due respect to Harris English, who I hear is a great guy, it’s U.S. OPEN WEEK! With that in mind, this week’s column is going to look at some of the regular stats and some different ones that will come in play at Merion Golf Club.

Hopefully, this will help with your office pools and Fantasy Golf – or just make you sound really smart when you’re hanging out on your couch alone or with your friends, family and/or significant others. (Note: The following is not a comprehensive list of stats that will be important — others, such as driving accuracy and putting, will also play a factor.)

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Jun
5
2013
By WUP Staff under By the Numbers
A tale of two week's: Kuchar and Tiger

A tale of two week’s: Kuchar and Tiger

The Memorial Tournament is traditionally one of the hardest tests on the PGA Tour calendar, and with high winds and firm greens at this year’s edition, it once again lived up to its reputation.

How did Matt Kuchar go about winning the Memorial for his second win on Tour this year, and which statistic of Tiger Woods’ has been a concern all year, which showed up at Muirfield Village in a big way? All that and more in this week’s By the Numbers.

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May
29
2013

Welcome to this week’s By The Numbers smorgasbord, which includes The Players, HP Byron Nelson Championship and the Colonial Invitational! This should be educational. So, buckle up, stats geeks.

Tiger Woods, y'all

Tiger Woods, y’all

Each season on the PGA Tour often has a recurring theme. A couple of years ago, there were a deluge of playoffs, last year we saw some tremendous final-round comebacks, and it seems like this year’s winners have previously barely made a cut all year.

At the Byron Nelson Championship, we saw another example of that with Sang-Moon Bae. Just like there have been a variety of winners so far this season, there are many different ways to win golf tournaments. Most commonly, the champions have been able to excel in many contrasting parts of their game well over the course of the tournament, as we have seen multiple times over the course of the season — which is what Sang-Moon Bae did at the HP Byron Nelson Championship. 

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May
9
2013
By WUP Staff under By the Numbers
Young and Ernst

Young and Ernst

The Wells Fargo Championship edition of By the Numbers contains a tale of two superstars — and how Derek Ernst beat them both (and everyone else, of course). Rory Mcilroy and Phil Mickelson were a study of opposites from a stats perspective, while Ernst was impressive all around. And now without further ado: this week’s By the Numbers.

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May
2
2013
By WUP Staff under By the Numbers
Hell yes!

Hell yes!

Congratulations to Billy Horschel on his maiden victory on the PGA Tour, which many thought was a long time coming. In some ways this win was predictable, as Horschel had been knocking on the door for a while (three straight top 10s), although that didn’t stop me from accidentally leaving him on the bench for Fantasy Golf (not that I’m bitter or anything). But how did Horschel get to the winner’s circle? And how good has Horschel’s start been this year?

Without further ado, the Zurich Classic, By the Numbers (and we’re not talking about how many fried oysters were consumed).

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Mar
27
2013
By WUP Staff under By the Numbers
Instant classic!

Instant classic!

This week we’re giving you a By the Numbers smorgasbord, with a look at not only Tiger Woods’ latest win at the Arnold Palmer Invitational, but also the previous week’s victorious performances by Stacy Lewis — who ascended to world no. 1 (you go girl!) — at the RR Donnelley LPGA Founders Cup and Kevin Streelman at the Tampa Bay Championship.

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Mar
12
2013
By WUP Staff under By the Numbers
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I never left, b**ches!

Congratulations to Tiger Woods, who captured his second win in 2013 and 76th career title on the PGA Tour. Oh, and we’re back with By the Numbers after a temporary hiatus due to the pesky real world intruding. On the way to his victory at the WGC-Cadillac Championship, Tiger obviously put up some impressive numbers, but we’re going to try look at several that you (probably) haven’t heard repeated ad nauseum (100 putts total), as well as a glance at a few other players.

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Feb
6
2013
By WUP Staff under By the Numbers
And it's good!

And it’s good!

The last two weeks on the PGA Tour have had a turn-back-the-clock feel. First, Tiger Woods won at Torrey Pines in a Monday finish, and then on Sunday, Phil Mickelson won in Phoenix. What year is this again? 2001?

Phil ran away with his wire-to-wire victory at the Waste Management Phoenix Open and dominated from a statistical standpoint. Here now is this week’s By the Numbers.

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