Behind the Numbers: Evers’ Excellence Not Limited to 2019

By Joel Shangle - September 9, 2019 There are examples aplenty of athletes dominating individual sports for extended lengths of time: Roger Federer and Serena Williams in tennis; Kabib Nurmagomedov in mixed martial arts; Tiger Woods and Greg Norman in golf; Richard Petty and Kyle Busch in NASCAR, etc. As he watched Edwin Evers shaking hands with well-wishers during the champion’s toast that followed Evers’ REDCREST victory in late August, Boyd Duckett mused that Evers might be in that same category of athlete. Not just in 2019 – a year in which Evers was clearly at the very top of his game – but over the course of several years. “I think Edwin might be THE guy,” Duckett said, referring to Evers’ career success since the mid-2010s. “He was about as good as you can be this year, but I wonder how he’s done if you look at the statistics over the past five or six years. I suspect he might have had the most success over that time, too.” That conversation appealed to my inner sports-stat geek, and so I did some research on angler success at the highest level of the sport (MLF Bass Pro Tour, Bassmaster Elite Series, FLW Tour). I threw out all other levels of competition (Opens, FLW Series, MLF Selects, etc.) and drilled down on the numbers that anglers have posted in the most rarified air of the sport. Here’s what I found out …