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The Open 2019: Is a Shane Lowry championship victory a statistical inevitability?


Added 07-19-19 03:37:01pm EST - “A statistical anomaly prior to the start of The Open Championship in Portrush suggested rank outsider Shane Lowry was destined to win the tournament. The Irishman now tops the leaderboard after two rounds of play. Coincidence?” - Rt.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Rt.com: “The Open 2019: Is a Shane Lowry championship victory a statistical inevitability?”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Irishman Lowry's score of eight under par is enough to place him tied for pole position at the halfway mark of the tournament alongside J.B. Holmes. But if some of the pre-championship predictions are going to come to fruition, the American may as well pack up his golf bag and catch the next flight back to the United States.

As noted by Twitter user @VC606, the average world ranking of Open winners since the beginning of organized rankings is 33, while the average age of the victorious player across the last 50 years has been 32.4 years-old. 

Lowry, who hails from Offaly in the Republic of Ireland, entered the tournament ranked in 33rd position. His age? Yep, you guessed it, 32.4-years-old. 

Stat of the day:Average ranking of #TheOpen winners since the inception of #OWGR: #33Average age of #TheOpen winners since #Apollo11 landed on the Moon: [email protected] is currently ranked #33 and is 32.4 y.o.

While this revelation wasn't enough to persuade the rest of the field to no-show the tournament, it is perhaps interesting to note that Lowry's early success has come as pre-tournament favourite Rory McIlroy, who shot the course record at Portrush when he was 16-year-old, endured a torrid start to his campaign. 

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