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The Stokastic Unofficial World Golf Rankings

Alex Baker

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Ranking players in golf is tricky because the fields change in difficulty every week, as do the courses. The biggest part of figuring out the best players is figuring out how to sift through all this noise and come up with a metric to best capture how good a golfer has performed over the past year. Much like the standard rankings in golf, we’ve come up with the Stokastic Unofficial World Golf Rankings, so we can use them in our PGA DFS lineups, or to find an edge on a betting line.

At Stokastic, the metric we’ve chosen is the number of strokes above or below how an average field in a PGA tournament performed. Next, how to weight these data points is essential as people love to talk about short form versus long form. Only PGA tournaments are considered right now, and a minimum of 20 rounds played. Players are not rewarded by more or less rounds in the time period.

Legend:
S/R – Strokes above an average PGA field per round
OWGR – Official World Golf Ranking
UGR – Unofficial Golf Ranking

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Alex is better known to fantasy players by his handle "Awesemo" from seeing him in every big tournament in the industry. Playing poker professionally from 2009-2015, he heard that daily fantasy was the next big game picking up steam, and he quickly saw the potential of the relatively new game. Growing his bankroll from 2015-2016, he made a big step in 2017 by claiming the #1 overall ranking on RotoGrinders for the year. After completing his primary objective, he was looking for what's next. Attending dozens of fantasy events, Alex realized that everyone was repeating the same story: wanting to be a great DFS player while holding down a full-time job. He realized that the resources available to fantasy players while great weren't enough to help hobbyists get to the level of competing with the top pros. Having met Tom Kennedy during the FanDuel Scottish Open, the two decided to take on the realm of fantasy content along with co-founder Eddie Lai. Alex creates his own projections for each sport he plays, publishing rankings derived directly from them updated for each major slate. He also writes strategy content for how to become a better DFS player in his Game Plan series. You can contact Alex by emailing [email protected].

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