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? (continue reading…)
Last year’s Monday Qualifier extraordinaire Patrick Reed proved that he could go low and get it done on Sunday, as well, with his victory at the Wyndham Championship. The playoff between Reed and Jordan Spieth will be most remembered for Reed’s remarkable shot from under the trees that he knocked to seven-feet for birdie on the second extra hole. However, it was his solid play, especially with his irons, that put him in position to contend, and then, win. As to the young Mr. Spieth, well, there are very good reasons he was in the playoff, as well — the Numbers tell the story. (continue reading…)
Predicting golf is a fool’s game, and yet, we can’t help ourselves because it’s a cruel addiction. That said, for those of you who are mulling over your Fantasy Golf line-ups and betting slips, or simply wanting to sound smart around your golf buddies, here are some statistics that the winner of the PGA Championship will probably excel in on their way to hoisting the Wanamaker trophy on Sunday.
Word of caution, though, you are equally as likely to look dumb and lose money – after all, this column is free. (And no, I did not include putting, because, of course you have to putt well and you can’t predict who will get hot with the flatstick on any given week.) (continue reading…)
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: (continue reading…)
With another major upon us, it’s time to take a look at numbers that may play a role in determining the Open Championship golfer of the year. Given the success of this column at the U.S. Open, I’m hesitant to ever do a preview column again since the chances of it ever working out that well are incredibly small. Seriously, guys, it’s golf!
Putting my trepidation aside, here are five stats (and the players who perform well) that this week’s Open Championship winner will (probably) do well. Caveat: There are no statistics for wind and players who are the best at controling iron shots and working the ball both ways, keeping the ball on the ground rather than in the air, which, of course, is always a must for links golf. (continue reading…)
I had an eventful day trekking back to NYC to hang out with Michelle Beadle on her show, Crossover. The drive from Philly isn’t bad — unless you make the one wrong turn that you can’t make, but all is still fine at that point since of course you’d leave extra time for traffic.
And then, you get to a toll booth and reach for your wallet only to realize that it’s nowhere to be found. That’s when things get complicated. (Yes, I’m a moron and I’ve never done that in my life. Ever.) But hey, I like to keep life interesting and it’s a perfect excuse for being frazzled and unprepared for the chat in the video above. (continue reading…)
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.) (continue reading…)
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. (continue reading…)
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. (continue reading…)
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?