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Jared’s Disc Golf Power Rankings V. 4

Jared’s Disc Golf Power Rankings V. 4

Big weekend in disc golf. US Women’s Championships for the women, and watching the US Women’s Championships for the men. Some definite movement in my most glorious of power rankings.

(If you are a data science type, I used some beautiful soup, pandas, SQL… y’know. Stuff like that. And, no, I didn’t use them well. I tried though. You can check out what all I did at my github. I’m still learning…)

So here’s where we at…

An off week for the men meant that there was no movement… wait, what? So I tweaked the algorithm a little bit. I added a bit more value to more recent tournaments. That meant we actually did see some changes on the men’s side. James and Tony moved up a slot and Nikko and Drew dropped a slot each. Ricky still runs it though.

OK. FPO. If you forgot what happened at US Womens last weekend, it looked a little like this…

Screen shot from pdga.com.

Yup. Two wins in a row for Paige. That takes her out of the pack and right on Cat’s tail at the top. She still has work to do to make up points lost to Cat during her month-long vacation, but with tourneys scheduled for the next three weekends it could happen. It won’t be easy though. Cat is the most consistent player player on the tour averaging a 3rd place finish in A-tiers and above. 3rd!!!! Kinda insane actually. (For more discussion in regard to “But really though, Paige is the best. Why is Cat whooping up on her?” See further down in the article). Meanwhile Missy’s 4th jumped her up two slots to 4th place on the big board. And back in the top 10 is V-Man. Even though she was off this week. Because someone didn’t notice she won the Norman Pro-Am last week. Small field (five players including her sister and two DNF’s) but a win’s a win. Competition will be tougher next week as she heads to Santa Cruz to face most of the players over her in the rankings.

Here are the rest of the top 30’s if you’re interested (yes, they are indexed 0-29. Deal with it)…



And fancy week-by-week graphs…

Interesting… but… How is this computed? Are the points just random numbers to gain the rankings some type of legitimacy…. NO! This is science…

Points are given based on tournament finishes, with the top-30 getting points. National tour events are worth more than A- and A/B-tier events. B-tier and below are not counted. More recent tournaments count more than older tournaments. And tournaments with stronger fields (more top players participating) are weighted more than weaker fields. The top 10 tourney scores are added up for each player.

Here’s where Cat is laying the beat down. Paige has only played 6 events this year. She’s playing each of the next 4 weeks then we’ll see. If we only counted the top 6 results for each player, we’re looking at a top 20 like…

Much closer at the top… Cat still leads due to her 1st, 2nd, and 3rd when Paige didn’t compete, even though Paige has had the best of her when playing head-to-head.

Anywho, if you want to see what the data looks like… here are a couple tastes… (from a previous week’s data. Add a few columns and you have this week (there are currently 1806 players and 220 columns of data)….

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