As the calendar went from 2008 to 2009 the lists begun. Best songs of 2008, best movies of 2008, best sporting moments and so on. Best sporting moments of 2008, best golf moments of 2008, golf predictions for 2009 and so on. It almost got a little too much but I read this article in the Sydney Morning Herald by Jacquelin Magnay where she questioned whether 2008 was the worst year in Australian sporting history.
So Greg Norman’s British Open performance was great but were we really that bad in the majors last year? It got me thinking, can we measure the Australian’s performances at last years majors and compare them against other years?
Aussie Golfer decided to give it a go.
Here’s my method. I assigned points to players finishing in the Top 30 of a major back to 2000.
1st = 20 points
2nd – 5th = 10
6th – 10th = 5
11th – 15th = 4
16th – 20th = 3
21st – 25th = 2
26th – 30th = 1
The system is debatable. Is winning a major twice as good as finishing 2nd? Is finishing Top 5 twice as good as finishing Top 10? Maybe you should get something for making the cut? Lastly, I’m not considering the amount of Australian golfers managing to qualify for the tournaments which is definitely increasing. All I’m interested in here is whether we can determine if 2008 was bad and perhaps whether watching the majors today is as good as anytime to see Australian success?
Anyway, that was my method. The results? I’ll tell you tomorrow.