- Statistically-based pairings for the U.S. Ryder Cup teamPosted 33 mins ago
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Cabrera takes Greenbrier Classic title
A Billy Hurley III victory at the Greenbrier Classic on Independence Day weekend would have been a good story. Hurley graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy and served his country for five years, including a two-year term...
- Posted 79 days ago
Caddy for a Cure launches Operation Warrior Golf
As we celebrate Memorial Day and thank those who have served both past and present, it seems timely that we talk about how the golf world shows its support of service members and their families. One such...
- Posted 123 days ago
Analyzing Jordan Spieth’s weekend troubles
This past weekend, Jordan Spieth had a share of the lead at The Players Championship going into Sunday before shooting a 74 and finishing tied for 4th. This brought up discussion of Spieth having “collapses” on Sunday,...
- Posted 134 days ago
Bubba’s second Masters win establishes him as a major force
It was shaping up to be a potentially all-time-special Masters Sunday. The 54-hole leaderboard had a bit of everything: 15 players within five shots of the lead of all ages and experience levels. The final pairing of...
- Posted 163 days ago
The 23 Players Who Can Win The Masters
Last year, I created a filter to help predict the golfers that were most likely to win the Masters. I got the list down to 23 players. In the end, eight of the top-10 finishers were on...
- Posted 169 days ago
Senden wins the Valspar Championship
John Senden held off a number of players on a wild Sunday at the Innisbrook Resort’s Copperhead Course to secure his second victory on the PGA Tour and first since winning the John Deere Classic in 2006....
- Posted 191 days ago
Using statistics and launch monitor data to shoot lower scores
As a statistician who works with PGA Tour players, I’m frequently asked by aspiring Tour players and their coaches what statistics they can use to measure themselves against Tour players. The mistake with this question is that...
- Posted 195 days ago
Match play can work for the Tour with a little tinkering
As golf fans, we are seldom exposed to the extremely electrifying format of match play golf. When such weeks arise on what has recently become a very full calendar of golf, it definitely sparks some more attention...
- Posted 202 days ago
Overrated? That’s not what the stats say about Rickie Fowler
One of the most publicized swing changes this season has been Rickie Fowler’s decision to alter some of his swing mechanics with instructor Butch Harmon. Fowler had his first career victory in 2012 and finished 40th on...
- Posted 210 days ago
Statistics that make a great Ryder Cup player and the 2014 U.S. Team standings
With the Ryder Cup upon us this year, I want to look at the status of the U.S. team from a statistical perspective throughout the season leading up to the event. The U.S. team will have Tom...
- Posted 225 days ago
PGA Tour launches redesigned iPhone, Android apps
The first full field event of 2014 kicked off this week with the Sony Open in Hawaii, and so did the PGA Tour’s redesigned app for iPhone and Android. Boasting an all new layout that is easy...
- Posted 256 days ago
Johnson wins the Hyundai TOC
The Hyundai Tournament of Champions demanded a simple recipe from its champion: stay clean of bogies and go on a birdie run or two. Zach Johnson followed the recipe for most of the four days and moved...
- Posted 260 days ago
10 PGA Tour players who will rise (or fall) in 2014
With the 2014 PGA Tour season starting, I wanted to give the readers a look at a few players on Tour that I feel will be on the rise and falling for the season. The data below...
- Posted 260 days ago
The data behind Keegan Bradley’s coaching change
Keegan Bradley has reportedly left long-time swing coach Jim McLean for Chuck Cook, who teaches Bradley’s good friend Jason Dufner and Luke Donald. That gives Cook one of the most formidable list of clients in the golf...
- Posted 269 days ago
Are shorter golfers better putters?
It is generally accepted that taller golfers have an advantage when it comes to driving distance on the PGA Tour. All else being equal, the thought is that taller golfers will have the edge in comparison to...
- Posted 279 days ago
Stenson’s 2013: A masterclass in perseverance
At the beginning of the 2012, the 230th spot in the Official World Golf Ranking belonged to a washed-up former top player in the world who had nearly completely lost his game after a few good years...
- Posted 307 days ago
PGA Tour strengthening Web.com Tour ties everywhere… except the U.S.?
Give credit where credit is due: the PGA Tour is to be commended for recent measures that have helped expand its reach across the globe. It has brought the Canadian Tour into the fold in the form...
- Posted 313 days ago
PGA Tour looks to widen its reach with PGA Tour China
While in Shanghai for the WGC-HSBC Champions, PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem announced the creation of the China Professional Golf Tour (PGA Tour China). The Tour will debut in 2014 and will feature 12 tournaments throughout the...
- Posted 314 days ago
Big purses, big doings: PGA of America and PGA Tour announce joint initiatives
On Wednesday, while the PGA Tour geared up for the first round of the McGladrey Classic at Sea Island Golf Club’s Seaside Course on St. Simon’s Island, Ga., the Tour and the PGA of America made a...
- Posted 320 days ago
Carry on: Tour caddies make the right move in organizing APTC
So this is what happens when they cancel the caddie races. Many of the most high-profile caddies in professional golf, as well as members of the rank and file, have banded together to form the Association of...
- Posted 320 days ago
Relative success of the world’s top golfing nations
The United States is still a powerhouse in the world of professional golf. As we witnessed during the 2013 President’s Cup – when American players are on their game, they’re as hard to beat as anyone. However,...
- Posted 322 days ago
McIlroy shoots 65, leads by two in China
Rory McIlroy leads the way at the WGC-HSBC Champions after a first-round 65, a 7-under total that gives him a 2-shot cushion over Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano and Jamie Donaldson at Sheshan International Golf Club in Shanghai. It’s a...
- Posted 327 days ago
R&A shakes up Open Championship qualifying procedures
The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews, which administers the game throughout the world, save America and Mexico, announced a suite of changes to the ways in which players can qualify for the Open Championship,...
- Posted 329 days ago
Photos from the Frys.com Open
GolfWRX is live from the Frys.com Open, the first event of the PGA Tour’s new wraparound schedule. Headlining this week at the Tour’s first event are a handful of top names (Angel Cabrera, Billy Horschel, Charles Howell...
- Posted 345 days ago
U.S. routs the Internationals in the Presidents Cup
The near-constant gloom that beset central Ohio this week muted what had hoped to be a watershed Presidents Cup, one where an International team victory—or at least a strong challenge—would give the event a much-needed lift. But...
- Posted 352 days ago
The data behind Luke Donald’s decision to change instructors
Luke Donald recently made an instructor change to Texas-based swing coach Chuck Cook. Back in 2011, Donald had an epic season. He finished first on the PGA Tour money list and the European Tour’s Order of Merit....
- Posted 356 days ago
Woods wins 11th Player of the Year Award
Tiger Woods didn’t win a major in 2013, but his five wins including golf’s “fifth major,” The Players Championship, were enough for him to be voted the PGA Tour’s Player of the Year. Woods played in 16...
- Posted 361 days ago
Stenson’s $16 Million Year
Henrik Stenson capped off the 2013 PGA Tour season in memorable fashion on Sunday, becoming the fourth consecutive player to double dip by winning the Tour Championship and claiming the year-long race for the FedEx Cup. All...
- Posted 366 days ago
Photos from the Tour Championship
GolfWRX is live from the Tour Championship, the PGA Tour’s final FedEx Cup Playoff event. Last year, Brandt Snedeker shot a final-round 68 at East Lake to finish 10-under, claiming the Tour Championship title as well as...
- Posted 369 days ago
DeLaet’s 2013 season cements him as Canada’s best golfer
Graham DeLaet, a 31-year-old native of Weyburn, Saskatchewan, has made a name for himself on the PGA Tour in 2013, while also securing his spot as Canada’s top golfer. He’s currently No. 7 in the FedEx Cup standings,...
- Posted 370 days ago
Jacobsen named 2013 Payne Stewart Award recipient
As part of the run-up to the Tour Championship this weekend, the PGA Tour announced that Peter Jacobsen was named as the 2013 recipient of the Payne Stewart Award. Established in 2000, this award honors the golfer...
- Posted 370 days ago
Picks and Preview: The Tour Championship
The FedEx Cup Playoffs, the finale of the PGA Tour, heads back to East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta, Ga., which has been the home to the Tour Championship since 2004. The points have been rearranged, so...
- Posted 371 days ago
2013-14 PGA Tour schedule elongates, segments new season
If you had been thinking September was awfully early in the calendar year to wind down the PGA Tour season, you’ll probably change your tune come a year and three days from now. At that time, the...
- Posted 377 days ago
PGA Tour teams up with the Jacksonville Jaguars for a halftime promotion
The PGA Tour and the Jacksonville Jaguars announced a unique halftime show that will collaborate PGA Tour players and America’s most popular sport. The show will see the Jaguars’ mascot, Jaxson de Ville, and a Tour player...
- Posted 382 days ago
True or False: Golf radar systems are ruining golf?
Last week, Golf Channel analyst Brandel Chamblee went on the offensive against radar launch monitors, claiming that they were “ruining golf.” Chamblee said that radar systems (like Trackman and Flightscope) were promoting two different swings, one for...
- Posted 388 days ago
Photos from the Deutsche Bank Championship
GolfWRX is live from the Deutsche Bank Championship, the second round of the PGA Tour’s FedExCup Playoffs at TPC Boston. Last year, Rory McIlroy shot 20-under to win at TPC Boston, which was the first of two-consecutive...
- Posted 390 days ago
Is there legal recourse against the anchored putter ban?
Barring a position reversal by the governing bodies of golf or a dramatic legal challenge to the anchoring rule, the anchored stroke will no longer be permitted at any level on Jan. 1, 2016. The anchoring ban...
- Posted 393 days ago
Yabba Dabba please shut up
“Get in the hole!” That’s how it started, innocently enough, and not in an obnoxious way. If we peel back the evolution of post-shot yelling on the PGA Tour all the way to the beginning, the pre-cambrian...
- Posted 396 days ago
The Scorecard: Wyndham Championship
The Front Nine 60 - Greens in regulation hit by Patrick Reed. That’s 83 percent and a career best for him. 1 – This marks Reed’s first professional win on the PGA Tour. 7 – The iron...
- Posted 400 days ago