Ryder Cup: Iconic Shots Scored Using Clippd Shot Quality

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Josh Coles
Ryder Cup: Iconic Shots Scored Using Clippd Shot Quality

Over the years the Ryder Cup has produced a wealth of iconic shots. Using Shot Quality, Clippd’s powerful new metric that scores each and every shot, we can now calculate just how good (or bad) some of those shots were.

Shot Quality takes into account distance, lie, end result and many other factors that impact the difficulty of each shot. A Shot Quality score of 0 denotes the worst possible outcome (such as lost ball or OB); 100 represents the expected score of the average male tour player; and 200 represents statistical perfection, such as a hole in one or holing out from long distance. 

We have not included any of the six holes-in-one recorded in the Ryder Cup because they all score the maximum 200 for Shot Quality. You can find out more about Shot Quality and the layers of context we factor into our calculations here.

We have selected a range of iconic shots from the last 35 years and run them through Clippd's Shot Quality algorithm. As we cannot be absolutely certain about certain layers of context, such as the precise weather conditions, we have kept that as standard for all the shots. We have, however, factored in a wide range of all-important context, such as course difficulty, course conditions, elevation, green speed, rough length and so on.

Click on the shots below to watch a video and see what they scored for Shot Quality

Bryson DeChambeau's 1st tee rocket at Whistling Straits

Hunter Mahan's flubbed chip at Celtic Manor

Christy O'Connor's unerring 2-iron at The Belfry

Justin Leonard's match-winning putt at Brookline

Bernhard Langer's agonising missed putt at Kiawah Island

Justin Rose's monster against Mickelson at Medinah

Jordan Spieth's miracle chip at Whistling Straits

Rory McIlroy's 'I can't hear you' putt at Hazeltine and Patrick Reed's response

Jamie Donaldson's cup-clinching wedge at Gleneagles

Seve Ballesteros' incredible fairway bunker shot at PGA National