I see that the ratings wizards decided to group Rounds 1-3 together for ratings purposes, and separate out Round 4.
Rounds 1-3 = 68.34
Round 4 = 67.02
1) What were the separate SSAs for rounds 1-3?
2) Why were they grouped together?
a) They had the same players?
b) Conditions were similar?
c) The separate SSAs were similar?
3) Why did Round 4 play "easier"?
a) Conditions were better?
b) The players figured it out by day 4?
c) Everybody had a good day?
d) The worse players had been cut, and on this course, high-rating players play better RELATIVE TO THEIR RATING than low-rating players.
4) Using only the players that made the cut, what were the separate round SSAs for rounds 1-3?
- Player A shoots 55 on a 69.7 SSA
- Player B shoots 53 on a 67.0 SSA
- Player A beat the SSA by 14.7 on the harder course
- Player B beat the SSA by 14.0 on the easier course
- Player B shot 2 strokes better on a course that was almost 3 strokes easier
- Which round was better?
6) What is the moral of this story?