Author Archives: WUP Staff

Jun
11
2014
By WUP Staff under US Open
Payne Stewart Statue. ©USGA/John Mummert

Payne Stewart Statue. ©USGA/John Mummert

Welcome to not your Father’s U.S. Open. With no rough, no one is quite sure how Pinehurst No. 2 will play. But fear not, Wei Under Par will boldly attempt to help you make last minute fantasy line-up decisions by offering a statistical analysis of the players in the field. Despite wall-to-wall Golf Channel coverage, I have a statistic in here that you have not heard talked about yet. If not, I promise you 100% of your money back. Without further ado, to the Stats!

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Apr
24
2014
By WUP Staff under By the Numbers
Shockign: Tiger wins a lot when he's in contention

Shocking: Tiger wins a lot when he’s in contention

If you’ve been watching the PGA Tour for the past month, then you’ve seen a great deal of Matt Kuchar. If you are like me (and you should be thankful you’re not), you were sitting there pondering to yourself, “Man, this guy sure seems to get into contention a lot, but doesn’t seem to win that much.” Again, if you are me, you then set out to see how often players on the PGA Tour really convert good finishes into wins (this is probably when you should start pointing and laughing and being glad you’re not like me). 

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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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