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September 29, 2008

Make the Hole BIGGER??
Traditionalists would become apoplectic if the hole measurements for a green were to increase from 4.5 inches in diameter and at least 4 inches deep. But Gene Sarazen once tried.

Sarazen groused that too much emphasis was on putting and that the hole should be larger. So for one tournament in Florida (probably run by golfers who had some marketing savvy and life-long frustrations with the flat stick) the hole was increased to 8 inches.

The results: Enlarging the hole made no difference; the better putters still made more putts in the larger hole.



With the World Series coming in a couple of weeks, golfers should pause and appreciate the athleticism of Sam Byrd. He is the only golfer to compete in a major golf championship and be a member of a victorious World Series team. Byrd played with Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig on the 1932 New York Yankees, appearing in one game of the World Series for the champion Yanks. He also played in the Masters, PGA Championship and U.S. Open.

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