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  1. I meant that if there was a normal distribution, there would be a couple of very overseeded teams, some mildly overseeded teams, some mildly underseeded teams, and a couple of very underseeded teams. Instead, the breakdown looks like this: 12 very underseeded teams (+3 difference or more) 10 mildly underseeded teams (+1 or +2) 14 mildly overseeded teams (-1 or -2) 5 very overseeded teams (-3 or more)
  2. If you plotted the variances between the projected and actual seedings of the teams on that chart (throwing out the automatic bids seeded 14th or worse), the data points on that graph would not show a normal distribution. There are a lot of teams seeded one or two places over their projected place on the bracket: it makes travel easier, and there are rules against having teams from the same conference play each other before the regional finals. However, the selection committee doesn't tend to seed teams one or two seeds below projections. Instead, the bracket always has a few noticeably underseeded teams: quality teams that are penalized for not playing in a power conference, and teams the committee simply didn't make room for. In comparison, egregiously-overseeded teams are a very rare occurrence.
  3. This is not a golf podcast, but one of my favorite podcasts, The Dollop, just did an episode about Maurice Flitcroft, who once shot a 121 in British Open qualifying. (And that's just the halfway point.)
  4. What you described is the case at St. Andrews and Troon (and possibly others), but Muirfield is wholly owned by its club (the Honourable Club of Edinburgh Golfers).
  5. If man had absolute freedom to do anything he wished, life would be nasty, brutish, and short...and he would still be turned away at the gates of Muirfield.
  6. The broad majority of Muirfield members go voted yes on this motion last year, and the supermajority who voted yes this year, likely don't give a flip about the opinions of a couple of MRAs who joined a golf forum for the sole purpose of complaining about men having their freedom taken away, and how the feminists and liberal activists are ruining these great traditions. If anything, they may be mildly insulted at the suggestion that they had no agency in their decision. Unless you're one of the people at the top of Muirfield's waiting list whose place in line may be skipped by a woman fast-tracked for membership, the outrage is all a bit silly.
  7. Right: changes in society generally occur when the existing status quo becomes bad for business. If Muirfield's choice was between the tradition of not admitting women, or the tradition of being the only course custom-built to host the Open and serving in that role for over a century, there is no case that the former is the better choice in the long run.
  8. I read the name as though it's pronounced "RYE-fers," so no.
  9. I played 18 holes in under 3:30 as part of a twosome last week, and I couldn't believe we had played so fast. We weren't rushing; we had even stopped to let a single play through at one point. It makes me think of where the time goes on the 4:30 rounds.
  10. Oh, the Red-Pillers: they get so worked up over this sort of topic.
  11. Muirfield had the freedom to remain closed to women, but freedom has its consequences; namely, no longer being entitled to host Open Championships based on the club's prestige alone.
  12. It was the other way around: they dammed the creek at some point in the '80s to completely fill the channel to its banks. The point was that golfers couldn't play out of it, as can be seen in this photo from 1990. The creek was restored to its natural state at some point in the '90s.
  13. My first thought is, "which set of tees measure closest to a total course yardage of 6,200 yards, because those are the markers I'm most likely playing from." I searched for a scorecard; the answer is the white tees (6,181), so this hole would be playing 340 for me. When I'm hitting driver competently, I'm either hitting a draw around 250-260 yards, a straight ball that goes a few yards shorter than that, or a shut-face hook that lands 20-30 yards shorter and 10 yards to the right of the draw. If I'm aiming for the narrow line, I'm more likely than not to find that big bunker bisecting the fairway. If I aim at the right-hand edge of that bunker, on the other hand, I'm probably in the fairway with anywhere between 80 to 115 yards to the middle of the green. The smart play seems to be B.
  14. Played a round today at Royal Lakes Golf Club, a course I hadn't played before despite it being only 15 miles from my house as the crow flies. (I had to drive around a large lake to get there; that's mostly why I hadn't.) Shot a 93, but that could have been well under 90 if not for two balls that went out of bounds during the round. More importantly, I seem to have regained the ability to hit a driver without smothering it; fairway wood, not so much. Iron play is still inconsistent, but bits and pieces of the right feel are starting to sprinkle into my game.
  15. I haven't had time to do much more than skim some of the proposed changes, but the impression I'm getting so far is that I like some of the changes for everyday golfers, but I generally don't like the changes as they relate to tournament play. If this is the way the USGA and R&A want to go, I think bifurcation, or at least a simplified rule book for casual play that is expanded for competition, is probably inevitable.