APS 425 Case #2: due October 27, 2015


The Excel spreadsheet A425_CASE215.XLSX [and the equivalent Eviews workfile, A425_CASE215.WF1] contains data for 193 regular members of the 2015 PGA tour (through the Barclay's tournament that ended on 8/30/2015). It includes the number of Events the player entered, the total official money winnings (Money), the number of tournaments won (Vic), the average driving distance (DrvDist), ), the percentage of drives that end in the fairway (DrvAcc), the percentage of holes where the player hits the green in regulation (GIR) [e.g., on the second shot of a par-four hole], the percentage of time when the player finishes the hole in two additional strokes or less after being in a sand bunker (SS), the percentage of time when the player finishes the hole in par or better missing the GIR (Scram), a statistic that measures a variety of putting skills “strokes gained putting” (SGP -- invented by finance professor Mark Broadie of the Columbia University Business School), the total length of putts made during a round in inches (PMD), the average score for an 18-hole round, adjusted for the difficulty of the course (Avg), the percent of time the player's position in the tournament improves after the final round (FRP), and the per round average of the number of strokes the player was better or worse than the field average on the same course & event (SGT).

Many golf coaches have different theories about the importance of different parts of the golf game. For example, many players have used Butch Harmon for full-swing coaching. At the same time many players work with Dave Pelz or Dave Stockton on “short-game” issues (pitching, putting, sand shots, and chipping). Your assignment is to evaluate the many different facets of the golf game in terms of their payoffs on the PGA tour. Based on this analysis, how would you advise a PGA player to allocate his practice time among driving practice, iron practice, pitching/chipping practice, sand shot practice, and putting practice? Prepare a well-written report, supported by appropriate tables and figures that describes your analysis.


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