Science and Golf II: Proceedings of the 1994 World Scientific Congress of Golf

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An analysis of 1992 performance statistics for players on the US PGA, Senior PGA and LPGA tours

F. Wiseman, S. Chatterjee, D. Wiseman and N.S. Chatterjee

Northeastern University, Boston, MA USA

Abstract

This study analyzed and compared performance statistics for golfers on three professional tours, the US PGA, the Senior PGA (SPGA), and the Ladies PGA (LPGA). A large percentage of the variability that existed in overall performance as measured by a player's average score on the SPGA and LPGA tours could be statistically explained by just two measures, putting performance and greens in regulation. However, for the US PGA, the estimated predictive model did not do as well despite the fact that two additional performance statistics, driving distance and driving accuracy, were also found to be significantly correlated with average score.

Keywords: Golf, Performance Statistics, Regression Analysis, US PGA, Senior PGA, LPGA


1 Introduction

Numerous attempts have been made by those interested in professional golf statistics to determine the nature and extent of the relationships that exist between various aspects of a golfer's game and the golfer's overall record of performance. Past attempts have focused primarily on the US PGA and the European PGA tours.

Surprisingly, the results to-date have been inconclusive. For example, Hale and Hale (1990) found few significant correlations between five commonly reported statistics [driving distance (DD), driving accuracy (DA), greens in regulation (GIR), sand saves (SS), and putting performance (PP)] and overall performance for the top 20 golfers on the European tour between 1984-1988. Similarly, Jones (1990) reported weak correlations among a set of performance statistics for players on the 1988 US PGA tour. In both of these analyses, money earned was used as the overall performance measure. However, when Rotella and Boutcher (1990) used average score (AS) as the dependent measure, significantly higher correlations were obtained, especially between AS and GIR, for players on the 1987 US PGA tour.

The purpose of the present study is to update the results of previous analyses and to extend them to include players on both the SPGA and the LPGA tours.

Science and Golf II: Proceedings of the World Scientific Congress of Golf. Edited by A.J. Cochran and M.R. Farrally. Published in 1994 by E & FN Spon, London. ISBN 0 419 18790 1

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