02 Dec '14, 12pm

5 statistical oddities from the 2014 PGA Tour season

Richie Hunt is a statistician of the Bill James ilk. He works with tour pros like Daniel Summerhays, Ben Crane and Brian Gay by analyzing mounds of data and deducing from it strategies to help them play better. And every year, he turns his findings into a book called the "Pro Golf Synopsis." We wrote about the Pro Golf Synopsis last year, and in lieu of the 2014 edition's release on Monday (you can purchase the ebook on Hunt's website ), we decided to run though a few of Hunt's newer findings. Laying up on a par 5 or a par 4 should be considered the last option . The closer you are to the hole, the more likely you are to hit your ball into the hole. Even if you think you're really bad from 100 yards, you're still more likely to hit it closer to the hole from 100 yards than from 125 yards. That's true for golfers of all abilities, so unless you're going to hit it into a haz...

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