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Studying improved performance in golf

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  • Sangit Chatterjee
  • Frederick Wiseman
  • Robert Perez
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    The topic of improved performances by athletes in both team and individual sports has shown that each sport has its own unique set of characteristics and these have to be analysed accordingly. This paper presents an extensive analysis of the nature and extent of improvement in golf by analysing the performances of the top players in the Masters tournament throughout the entire history of the event. The results indicate that golfers are obtaining lower scores over time and that the variation of the scores has declined. Further, the distributions of scores are symmetric and display a monotonic reduction of peakedness (kurtosis). These findings are indicative of rapid and improved performance and increased competition.

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    Article provided by Taylor & Francis Journals in its journal Journal of Applied Statistics.

    Volume (Year): 29 (2002)
    Issue (Month): 8 ()
    Pages: 1219-1227

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    Handle: RePEc:taf:japsta:v:29:y:2002:i:8:p:1219-1227

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    1. Mustafa R. Yilmaz & Sangit Chatterjee & Mohamed Habibullah, 2001. "Improvement by Spreading the Wealth: The Case of Home Runs in Major League Baseball," Journal of Sports Economics, , vol. 2(2), pages 181-193, May.
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    1. Fried, Harold O. & Tauer, Loren W., 2009. "The Impact of Age on the Ability to Perform under Pressure: Golfers on the PGA Tour," Working Papers 51103, Cornell University, Department of Applied Economics and Management.
    2. A-L. Balduck & A. Prinzie & M. Buelens, 2008. "The effectiveness of coach turnover and the effect on home team advantage, team quality and team ranking," Working Papers of Faculty of Economics and Business Administration, Ghent University, Belgium 08/535, Ghent University, Faculty of Economics and Business Administration.

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