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Teeing Off
July 13, 2009
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July 13, 2009

Teeing Off

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Year

GAME CHANGE
Another USGA chart lays out the declining correlation between driving accuracy and money won from 1980 to 2006.

Driving Accuracy

Correlation Coefficient

0.47
0.24
0.01

Year

DOUBLE DIP
A staggered view of the above chart shows two drops—one after U-grooves arrived and another following the advent of the solid, urethane-covered ball.

SHORT GAME

Commish Dish

News that October's Kapalua Classic had been killed prompted about a dozen LPGA players to get together for dinner at the Jamie Farr last Thursday. Details of neither the conversation nor the menu were available, but some say the players asked for commissioner Carolyn Bivens's head on a platter.... Word from the June 16 IOC executive board meeting in Lausanne, Switzerland, has it that of the seven sports vying to be part of the 2016 Summer Games, golf made one of the strongest presentations. In August the 15-member board is supposed to pick two sports to recommend to the Olympic Committee for an October vote, and ye olde Scottish game is now considered a front-runner.... Vandals on motorcycles tore up the 17th green at Brown Deer Park Golf Course in Milwaukee, the site of next week's U.S. Bank Championship. The grounds crew says the course will be playable, and in the meantime the Tour is probably trying to sell a Goodyear sponsorship.... Where can you go when you mix a hot putter with a short course? At the start of the Jamie Farr, Eunjung Yi (right), a 21-year-old in her second LPGA season, didn't have a single top 10 or a spot in the Women's British Open. Powered by a third-round 61, in which she took only 23 putts, Yi now has a win and a ticket to Royal Lytham & St. Annes.... Bucking the global downturn, this year's purse for the men's British Open will equal last year's at £4.2 million, with £750,000 going to the champ. Since the dollar has risen against the pound, a U.S.--based winner would bring home $282,236 less than last year. Is it even worth the trip?

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