Journal article

Skill and Earnings Amongst Golfers on the Southern-African Sunshine Tour

Ferdi Botha, Gavin Fraser, Thomas A Rhoads

South African Journal of Economics | Wiley | Published : 2021

Abstract

This paper estimates the determinants of the success of golfers on the Southern‐African Sunshine Tour. Using a simultaneous‐quantile regression approach and real earnings per tournament as a measure of success, a higher greens‐in‐regulation percentage and a lower number of putts per greens‐in‐regulation are associated with higher earnings. Calculations of the value of the marginal product of key golfer skills suggest a dynamic human capital acquisition process for many Sunshine Tour golfers at the earliest stages of their professional golf career.