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The Tiger Effect
August 14, 2000
Some pundits say that when handicapping a Tour event, the first thing to do is eliminate from consideration anyone who has the misfortune of being paired with Tiger Woods. The numbers, though, show that not every player gets leveled when paired with Tiger; some play up to his level. Here are the 33 Tour pros who have played at least one round in the same group as Woods this season. Eleven of them have a lower average score when paired with Tiger. Twenty-two, however, have a higher average.
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August 14, 2000

The Tiger Effect

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Rds.

Avg. w/o Woods

Avg. with Woods

Tiger Effect

Lee Janzen

2

71.33

69.00

-2.33

Jeff Maggert

2

72.18

70.50

-1.68

Sergio Garcia

2

72.17

70.50

-1.67

Hal Sutton

3

70.48

69.00

-1.48

Billy Andrade

2

71.60

70.50

-1.10

Fred Couples

3

70.56

69.66

-0.90

Dennis Paulson

1

71.63

71.00

-0.63

Steve Pate

2

71.10

70.50

-0.60

Olin Browne

3

71.24

71.00

-0.24

Ernie Els

5

70.02

69.80

-0.22

J.P. Hayes

1

71.07

71.00

-0.07

David Toms

1

70.53

71.00

0.47

Mark O'Meara

3

71.84

72.66

0.82

Edward Fryatt

1

71.11

72.00

0.89

Mike Weir

1

70.86

72.00

1.14

Greg Kraft

1

70.73

72.00

1.27

Notah Begay III

2

71.21

73.00

1.79

David Duval

4

70.06

72.00

1.94

Stewart Cink

4

70.16

72.25

2.09

Len Mattiace

1

70.90

73.00

2.10

Davis Love III

3

69.84

72.00

2.16

Billy Mayfair

2

71.32

73.50

2.18

Steve Lowery

1

70.51

73.00

2.49

Jim Furyk

3

70.46

73.00

2.54

Nick Price

2

70.31

73.00

2.69

Neal Lancaster

1

71.10

74.00

2.90

Jesper Parnevik

3

69.83

73.33

3.50

Brad Faxon

2

71.35

75.00

3.65

Justin Leonard

2

70.83

74.50

3.67

Jeff Sluman

1

70.79

75.00

4.21

Harrison Frazar

1

70.67

78.00

7.33

Duffy Waldorf

2

71.45

79.00

7.55

Rocco Mediate

1

71.17

79.00

7.83

Some pundits say that when handicapping a Tour event, the first thing to do is eliminate from consideration anyone who has the misfortune of being paired with Tiger Woods. The numbers, though, show that not every player gets leveled when paired with Tiger; some play up to his level. Here are the 33 Tour pros who have played at least one round in the same group as Woods this season. Eleven of them have a lower average score when paired with Tiger. Twenty-two, however, have a higher average.

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