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One chart that proves the British Open would be a fantastic place for Tiger Woods to return

One chart that proves the British Open would be a fantastic place for Tiger Woods to return

The British Open returns to Hoylake this July, but since undergoing back surgery in March, Tiger Woods remains a major doubt. As usual, information coming out of his camp has been sparing, but if a recent report form Golf Channel is to believed , it's this year's third major that Tiger is targeting. Here's why that would be a good idea: That chart was featured as part of Columbia University Professor Lucius Riccio's presentation at the 2014 MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference. It may look slightly complicated, but it's really not. The chart measures how close to the hole Tiger Woods hits his irons shots (the red line) compared to the tour average (the green line). Related: Drive for show and putt for dough? Not true, says Mark Broadie The lines slope downwards because the farther away from the hole you are, the harder it is to hit your ball close to the hole. Ideally, yo...

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