30 Jan '14, 4pm

Can birth month predict future success in professional golf?

Can birth month predict future success in professional golf?

It may seem farfetched, but does an individual’s birth month have an effect on their likelihood of making it to the PGA Tour? Malcolm Gladwell noted in his 2008 book Outliers that a significant portion of elite hockey players are born in the first few months of the year. The trend has also been proven to some degree in the world of international soccer (Leavitt/Dubner, 2006). The theory is generally that those older children are bigger and more mature than their playing competitors, and therefore more likely to excel from a young age. They stand out as youngsters, and therefore have the best access to elite teams and coaching, which is turn exponentially furthers their development as they grow up. So could this trend have any merit in the world of international golf? Tiger Woods was born on Dec. 30, so maybe not. However, when we look at the composition of the 180 players ...

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