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  1. ghalfaire

    What's your biggest problem in golf?

    I would say my biggest problem is my head, staying focused over 18 holes. I suppose my age too, I'm 70+ but then that is what probably caused me to lose focus during the round.
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    Tiger vs. Phil Match Play Showdown for $10M

    As I understand it a lot of the practice rounds played prior to a tournament start involve "personal wagers" between individual players and a lot of money (by my standards anyway) changes hands. However, for the sort of matches Shell put on, the players are entertainers and ought to get paid, win or lose. Although they ought to get paid more to win than to loses, and they did. Like the skins games that used to be televised the money comes from selling advertisements and I'd guess is proportional to the size do the audience the shows would draw.
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    Playing Golf With Fewer Clubs?

    Long time ago, when I first started playing, I had a set of irons with 3,5,7,9 and a 2 wood. It was fun and seems like these half sets were sold in Department stores. Probably not best quality clubs, but cheap, and works for me.
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    Tiger vs. Phil Match Play Showdown for $10M

    I used to watch the Shell Oil sponsored "wonder world of golf" matches all the time. I'd certainly tune in to a Tiger Vs Phil match, even today.
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    LPGA's Lincicome will play in PGA Event in July

    I don't disagree as I think the probability of Brittany making the cut is, for practical purposes, zero. But I will find it interesting to see just how well she can do on a course set up for a PGA tournament.
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    LPGA's Lincicome will play in PGA Event in July

    I think what I said, or intended anyway, was that the number of viewers would increase due to Brittany's appearance, in spite of comments indicating they won't watch whether on not Brittany was playing. Given the competition for viewers from the golfing public this particular week, I think it was a smart move on the sponsors part and I do believe it will entice a few viewers to tune in that might not have otherwise. So I think she earned her spot, but not with her golfing skills, she is ranked 32 on the LPGA, but rather just because she is an unusual choice by the sponsors, a female golfer playing a men's event.
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    LPGA's Lincicome will play in PGA Event in July

    Lot of ink in this thread. I'd have to conclude the sponsor who gave her the exemption knew what they were doing as I'm sure their reason was to create interest in the event. I'm sure they well get some added viewers, in spite of comments to the contrary, that will tune in just to see how Brittany fares.
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    Strength and Depth of Field in Jack's Day and Tiger's Day

    The picture is not very sharp and I can't read the manufacture's logos. But here is an old article on Tiger's equipment in 1997. I leave it to the reader to decided if the picture and words in the article are consistent. https://www.pgatour.com/equipmentreport/2017/04/04/tiger-woods-unique-irons-1997-masters.html
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    LPGA's Lincicome will play in PGA Event in July

    I am on the, Why Not?, side of this. Seems good for everyone and nobody, including me, expects Brittany to make the cut. So there really isn't a down side to this for anyone, well maybe the local player that doesn't get the exemption. Having just finished discussions of unlikely outcomes of sporting events, what if she does make the cut? That will be news worthy even and good for the game. Especially the LPGA.
  10. ghalfaire

    Shot Clock on the PGA Tour

    I like the idea of a single time out/round or a one time extension of time/round to (2 minutes?). I like the shot clock but there are situations where the player might need some extra time to evaluate their options. But, unlike me, I am with the majority here in that the lesser evil is to have the clock with no exceptions as opposed to leaving it the way it is now.
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    Shot Clock on the PGA Tour

    The LPGA has certainly penalized players for slow play on more than one occasion. I don't know how I feel about the clock. These guys are good enough that figuring out a shot from the middle of fairway shouldn't take even 40 seconds. Having said that a shot from a bad place with a bad lie might that some time to evaluate the options. But then maybe that just is part of the penalty of being in a bad place to start with.
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    Strength and Depth of Field in Jack's Day and Tiger's Day

    I am probably going to get in trouble for responding to this as off topic but it deserves an answer. I understand what your saying but I don't believe it fits the situation. In statistic there are things called outliers (a person or thing differing from all other members of a particular group or set) and that is what I believe Tiger was. He was so much better than the rest of the tour that he didn't have to worry about anyone when he was on his A game and most the time even with his B game. At least that is my opinion. [more]
  13. ghalfaire

    Strength and Depth of Field in Jack's Day and Tiger's Day

    Well OK if I'm not making you & others angry I'll continue. Let me say I agree with you and I believe today's tour is stronger/deeper than tours of years ago. I also believe that both the "big city" and technology are the likely reasons. I also believe that technology is the major factor, but don't state that belief as fact or as the only factor in the tour performance improvement. But I have not tested any of these beliefs and I don't know them to be fact. So maybe I overemphasize need for such proof before stating these belief as facts, after all it is just golf and no one dies if we're wrong. I don't know how to state my opinion any more succinct that that. I was initially confused about the Jack Vs Tiger comparison not being part of the discussion. But in my defense the OP's poll and his included inequality (not equation as I said in earlier posts) reference were both, at least in my mind, direct performance comparisons of Jack Vs Tiger. Sorry I brought it up as it just confused what I was trying to say about Tour strength. I know how all you golfers enjoy these old engineer saying as I could tell from the responses to my "put a number it" one. So I'll give you another one. "for ever complex problem there is always a simple and easy to understand answer and it is always wrong".
  14. ghalfaire

    Strength and Depth of Field in Jack's Day and Tiger's Day

    Because you two commented I'll comment back. But this is my absolute last post on the thread as I am only making folks angry and not accomplishing anything else. @Ty_Webb You said exactly what I said, you just used a story (example) and a few more words than I did. @turtlebackyou also said what I said, only differently. All I've been saying is, it is likely because of the greater supply of people there more good golfers on the PGA tour today, i.e. the tour is stronger today. But when you state this as a fact you ought to prove it so because, while likely, it isn't necessarily so. Sports history is fraught with very low probably events that actually happened.
  15. ghalfaire

    Strength and Depth of Field in Jack's Day and Tiger's Day

    @iacas I decided I'd start a new post here on this subject and try to address this conversation as I see it First I can't imaging trying to measure the strength of field with out using the fields' scores. I searched for @turtleback post on why scores are not a good measure of performance of PGA tour scoring. If you want me to read it you'll have to post a link. I have to say however, while I am willing to learn, I just can't see how you can measure "scoring potential" without using actual scoring data. But if you send me the link I'll read it and comment. An aside, Jessica Korda isn't a member of the PGA so I certainly understand her scoring isn't relevant to PGA scoring. I almost find it insulting that you believe I know so little about how to select a sample to show some spread of a specific attribute across a specific population. Second: yes I do understand the "big city Vs Small city" concept and that is the one reason I said earlier today's #10 is probably better than yesterday's #10. But do you understand that is a statement of likelihood, not an absolute. Third: you ask if I understand the curves you presented. Well I am not sure if you're asking if I understand Statistics and Probability theory (they are different things) or if I understand the specific curves. As to the former question, yes I do understand both statistics and Probability. I have two advanced degrees in Engineering and will venture I understand these subjects better than you do. As to the latter question, I do understand the implications of the curves your posted. Having said that you don't quantified the abscissa or ordinate. That makes it difficult to know if these are real curves based on some actual empirical data or if they were just drawn up to support what you believe real curves would look like. Until the curves are quantified there isn't really any specific conclusions that can be drawn for them. I assume the ordinate was score and the abscissa probability of that score. So the curve is a little confusing as convention is to use the abscissa for the independent variable and ordinate for the dependent variable. But once I figured out you had reversed that convention I understood the curves' implications. But, again, without real data it is difficult to comment other that to say they about like I'd expect but certainly don't lend themselves to any quantitative analyses. I guess that's it for now other than I'd like to read what @turtleback had to say on using scores as an attribute for assessing tour performance.

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