In fact, Reid was the overall statistical star, though, rather curiously, he didn't win a tournament. Along with being first in driving accuracy, Reid was second in reaching greens in regulation and fourth in birdies, and his scoring average (70.78) was the sixth best. When you looked for him in another category, it was understandable why he didn't win. He was tied for 81st in putting. Even so, Reid earned $206,097 and was ninth on the money list.
Beman's 1981 innovation to encourage interest in golf involves television. Upon arriving in Tucson the commissioner announced that players will wear live microphones in events that are aired by CBS and NBC. The miking of players will be subject to guidelines, however:
1) It's voluntary. A player has the option not to wear a mike.
2) All players in the same group must be informed of the mike before the start of the round.
3) Players may turn off or have the mike removed at any time.
4) Players wearing mikes accept the responsibility for their language and conduct.
Beman was told that this experiment could result in at least one new statistical category: which player, in the heat of battle, will send the most no-no words into America's living rooms? The commissioner admitted there were "inherent dangers" in the use of the microphones, and said that the experiment would be closely watched—and listened to.
Miller will be more interesting to watch. If it turns out that he has fully regained his skills, then golf may well be able to forgo gimmicks.