We identified the foursomes and the fourballs as a key opportunity to create a competitive edge for the International team. Traditionally, pairings have been based on shared nationalities, player preferences or perceived personality ‘fit’. We recognised an opportunity to take a more scientific approach to matching players based on their strengths and suitability to the format and their playing partner.
Through applying our performance models, assessing the strengths and weaknesses of each individual player, and their compatibility stylistically we were able to simulate the outcome of all possible pairing combinations across both foursomes and fourball formats. This enabled us to provide the captain, Ernie Els, with the pairings that would give the International team the best chance of success.
The robustness of our approach enabled the captain to confidently communicate the pairings to the team, who were all bought into the approach.