Even fusty old golf is starting to join the data revolution

Even fusty old golf is starting to join the data revolution

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BOSTON — Golf, as a competitive endeavour, has been around for several hundred years, from about the time, as the writer Dan Jenkins once put it, “Mary Queen of Scots found herself down three at the turn and invented the back nine.”

So perhaps it’s not surprising that, as team sports have undergone something of a data revolution in the past decade, fusty old golf has been slow to catch up. At the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference, the annual sports-nerd Woodstock, golf rarely warrants more than a passing mention, and as terms like WAR and Corsi and PER work their way into the sports mainstream, people don’t talk much about golf stats.

That is, finally, changing.

There’s…



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