29 Aug '16, 6pm

Davis Love III's use of statistics as Ryder Cup captain could be golf's version of "Moneyball"

Davis Love III's use of statistics as Ryder Cup captain could be golf's version of "Moneyball"

In a dark conference room at the midtown Manhattan Hilton, U.S. Ryder Cup Captain Davis Love III admitted he didn’t realize “until this past weekend” that he had nearly a month longer than Europe to finalize the members of his team. While European captain Darren Clarke will announce his final picks tomorrow at 7:30 am EST, Love gets to wait until the Tour Championship concludes on September 25th to make his last happy phone call. If this feels reminiscent of Matt Kuchar’s lack of awareness of the Olympic format one week before Rio, don’t be fooled. It’s arguable this year’s American lineup and pairings will be the most deeply premeditated ever. Specifically, Love has been consulting with a group of statisticians hired by the PGA of America. During his last captaincy at the 2012 Ryder Cup, categories like strokes gained putting and other ShotLink-driven stats were still rat...

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