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http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702304636404577299702668540234.html?mod=WSJ_hpp_MIDDLE_Video_Third Quote: At their presentation in Phoenix, summarizing research for a paper to be finished soon, they compared the world ranking of the top 200 players to a ranking of those same players' skill levels calculated using a statistical model they also devised, which simultaneously takes into account players' adjusted tournament scores and the difficulty of the courses. In every two-year period going back to 2003, the bias was stark. "For every given skill ranking, the official world golf ranking for PGA Tour players averaged 36 positions worse than for non-PGA Tour players," Rendleman said. At one point Pat Perez was ranked 95th in skill, according to their model, but 195th in the world rankings. One of the main flaws in the current system involves strength-of-field ratings used to determine how many points players earn for good performance. Tournaments receive a minimum point value, depending on which of the world's tours is sponsoring it, regardless of how many quality players are in the field. Strength of field ratings based on the participating players' skill levels would be more equitable, they argue.
Alex Noren just dropped from #8 to #9 in the world (as John Rahm) leap-frogged him. He's ahead of Fowler, Koepka, Rose- and deservedly so, if you look at the numerical formula, I suppose. The guy has been top 10 since like November of last year. His recent major performances: US Open 2017: MC Masters 2017: MC PGA 2016: T49 British Open 2016: T46 US Open 2016: MC Obviously, the justification for his ranking is that he's playing so well in other tournaments, as I see 5 victories in other tournaments from mid-2016 til today. Plus a bunch of other top finishes to go along with those. Interestingly, he had been a top 50ish player for many years, but has gone on a tear in non-majors since 2016. (http://www.owgr.com/en/Ranking/PlayerProfile.aspx?playerID=10419) Below is a nice profile of him in the NY Times. Sounds like he's been an incredibly hard worker over the years, but the birth of a daughter and injuries has led to him to focus more on playing tournaments and practice less. https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/24/sports/golf/alex-noren-the-worlds-most-unknown-top-player.html Maybe he's the anti-Hunter Mahan, whose career took a hit after injuries and family life, but interestingly is mentioned in this piece: http://heavy.com/sports/2017/06/jennifer-kovacs-alex-norens-fiancee-wife-girlfriend-baby-iris/ So anybody here a fan? I know we've got a big Joost Luiten following. Maybe a Noren contingent?? Certainly some of our European TST members have some Noren stories to share to enlighten us as to what kind of guy he is.