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As an avid golf fan, I set out to predict the 2020 Masters using my analytics and coding knowledge. I discovered (and confirmed) many exciting details about golf, data science, and human nature throughout the process.

  1. The old adage — “Drive for show, putt for dough,” does not always apply to the Masters, believe it or not.
  2. You could design and build an extremely accurate model based on training data, but it won’t work if your data does not reflect reality.
  3. One can’t forget about a significant and specific aspect of athletic performance…who has the hot hand!

The Masters is not only the most prestigious and celebrated tournament in golf, but it is also the only Major that is played at the same course year after year. Thus, it is a data scientist’s dream because one of the essential factors in determining a golfer’s success remains constant, the course. This constant makes it much easier to predict who will do well based on their historical stats. …


Sam Greene

Master of Management in Analytics Student at McGill University | Former college baseball player | Philadelphia sports fan

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