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With the 40th Ryder Cup about to get underway at Gleneagles, we wanted to know if we’ve been misled by one of golf’s greatest myths.

The saying goes that you “drive for show, and putt for dough” – in other words an impressive shot off the tee may win you a few whoops from the fans, but it’s your putting game that will win or lose tournaments.

We used data from the PGA Tour to analyse the relative impacts of the long and short game on players’ success. Read more

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You drive for show and putt for dough. Or do you? We analysed data from the PGA Tour to test golf’s great aphorism Read more

FT Baseline

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Liverpool were without Raheem Sterling for the first hour as they slipped to a 1-0 defeat at home to Aston Villa, highlighting the teenager’s importance to the team.

Just how much has Sterling improved since he broke into the first team in the 2012/13 season? We used data from Opta to analyse and visualise his rapid development. Read more

In case you’ve forgotten, England did take part in the 2014 World Cup. But despite uncharacteristically low expectations from the watching English public, Roy Hodgson’s side slunk under this low bar, flying home after two defeats and a goalless draw with the global footballing powerhouse Costa Rica.

What went wrong? Countless theories abound – some better than others – but some relatively simple maths may be able to explain at least one of the factors involved: statistically speaking, England were bereft of luck. Read more

736 players have travelled to Brazil for the World Cup. The diagrams below show how their individual skillsets help create their national team’s identity. Read more