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Woods at the U.S. Open: Inside the numbers

June 21st, 2012 · No Comments

A Tale of Two Tournaments Woods came out of the gate with two rounds that were reminiscent of Woods at his major winning best. Certainly the bookies were convinced that the Old/New Tiger would get it done because they dropped his odds to 5/4 at the half way point. Though Jim Furyk (5/1) and Graeme […]

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Tags: Inside the Stats · The Majors · Tiger vs. Jack

Nicklaus vs. Watson at the British Open

July 14th, 2011 · 2 Comments

Tom Watson is playing in the Open this week, so you will see much of him over the first 36 holes and more if he makes the cut no matter what he shoots. Much talk will be about his stature as the supposed best ever at links golf. The experts base their conclusion on his […]

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Tags: Inside the Stats · The Game

Tiger Woods is Best Ball Striker at Masters

April 15th, 2011 · 5 Comments

PGA Tour stats contend that the best ball striker is the player who has the lowest combined ranking in total driving (a bogus stat because it only measures distance on  two holes per round) and GIR (which is also flawed). If the truth be told, however, the best ball striker is the player who gets […]

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Nicklaus’ seconds in the Canadian Open

July 22nd, 2010 · No Comments

In honor of the 101st edition of the Canadian Open, I present the record of Jack Nicklaus in this 107 year old championship (6 years it was not held since 1904), the best player to have never won it! Seven times over a span of 21 years from 1965-1985 Nicklaus finished second in this event, […]

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Tags: Inside the Stats · PGA Tour

Haney and Huggan at odds with the truth

May 17th, 2010 · 4 Comments

John Huggan is at it again, siding with Hank Haney while spouting off a litany of questionable opinions,  all for the purpose of defending his good friend and co-author of a couple of instructional books. And, as with a previous defense of Haney, he waited until we are well into his piece (582 of its […]

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Tags: Inside the Stats · The Game

Woods to Mount Charge for GIR Title?

September 3rd, 2009 · No Comments

I’m a stat nut, though I try to contain myself in these posts, knowing that to some readers, snail races are of greater interest. Still, the regular season (minus the useless Fall Series) is rapidly coming to a close and all eyes are on the FedExCup, though other meaningful titles are on the line. Like […]

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Tiger Woods Rides Hot Putter to Great ‘08

June 24th, 2008 · 1 Comment

Tiger Woods’ other big years, by his standards, are typically part cold, part red hot. In 2001 he won four if his first 10 starts, then cooled off, winning only one of his last nine. Through the British Open in 2007 he won three of 11events, then closed the season with four wins and a […]

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Streaks: Tiger Woods Can’t Have it Both Ways

March 24th, 2008 · 4 Comments

It’s official. The Streak is over thanks in part to the golf gods who smiled on Geoff Ogilvy all week long. I mean, how else can you explain a one bogey performance over 72 holes that featured 29 missed fairways off the tee, and a chip that was headed 10 feet past the cup on […]

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Woods 2000 vs. Woods 2007

March 19th, 2008 · 8 Comments

Talk is cheap. It is easy to say that Tiger Woods is so much better now than he was in 2000. Even Woods has been engaging of late in this verbal conditioning, further convincing his opponents that they have no chance. Yes, he can play more shots, and he’s improved his course management. But there […]

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Tiger Woods’ World Golf Ranking: Less is More

March 3rd, 2008 · No Comments

The World Golf Rankings are the game’s most quoted and respected barometers of golfing supremacy. Still, they are not without their quirks. One of them could be called the Minimum Divisor Rule. A player’s points are divided by no less than 40 no matter how many events a player competes in over the 24 month […]

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