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PGA Of America Pros Against Bifurcation, Barely

Alex Miceli reports on the poll taken in light of recent events in golf:

Of 3,155 respondents sampled, 53 percent support one set of rules for all golfers. The PGA claims that the sampling has a margin of error of 1.6 percentage points.

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I guess all of us bifurcationists aren't crazy after all...
02.6.2013 | Unregistered Commentertlavin
Funny, Obama won his election vs. McCain with 52.9% of the popular vote and it was considered a landslide victory - not "barely" (and I know the election was determined by the electoral, not popular vote)
02.6.2013 | Unregistered CommenterBrianS
I would take the PGA's poll responses much more seriously, if the number of respondents was large enough to be representative of the group
02.6.2013 | Unregistered CommenterGerald I
I would say this is fairly reflective of what the national average of all golfers would be. Seems to be 50-50 in most conversations I have with golfers.
02.6.2013 | Unregistered Commenterol Harv
Gerald I,

The sample IS large enough. A sample size of 3,155 is much larger than needed. Usually, anything beyond 400 is unecessary when you conside the trade of additional cost of sample vs. improved margin of error.
02.6.2013 | Unregistered CommenterJoey5Picks
Pres Bishop got a little problem on his hands cause his membership isn't exactly eating what he's cooking just yet...
02.6.2013 | Unregistered CommenterAmen Coroner
Bishop actually opposes bifurcation. Believe that's one of the reasons he doesn't like the anchor ban...thinks it will lead to bifucation.
02.6.2013 | Unregistered CommenterZelig
Please wash hands and extinguish lights after bifurcating.
02.6.2013 | Unregistered CommenterSwisher
OK, this is funny. Well, maybe not. But it is good nerd humor that the few science geeks in ShackLand will appreciate. I have been working on a paper for a long time. It will either be very good or sink without a trace. Tonight I have been getting everything straight for the final version and I just now re-read an important antecedent work. Here is the final sentence of the introduction to a paper in the journal Nature that is important for my particular work:

"Several features of myosin diversification strongly support a primary eukaryotic unikont/bikont BIFURCATION." (emphasis added, obviously)

Living organisms have been bifurcating for at least one billion years. So I suppose it's OK if the USGA and/or PGAT do it, too. Right?

I'll explain the "primary eukaryotic unikont/bikont bifurcation," which my work proves beyond the shadow of a shadow of a doubt, at the next Shack Open. LOL.
02.6.2013 | Unregistered CommenterKLG
400 million years before the Cambrian, Ernst, according to various molecular clocks. We're talking older than the Game of Golf itself. Hard to believe, that.
02.6.2013 | Unregistered CommenterKLG
Golf is a dying sport. Bifurcation would be the nail in the coffin. Only idiots at the USGA and the PGA Tour would consider this a good idea. Amateurs want to play what the pros are playing. Who doesn't get that? Maybe only Mike Coo Coo Bird Davis doesn't understand what he is doing.
02.6.2013 | Unregistered CommenterNick
I don't believe bifurcation is necessary. Serious golfers will always play by the rules. That represents less than 5% of all golfers. Let the rest play however they want. If manufacturers start making non conforming clubs, serious golfers won't buy them because they know it will keep them out of tournaments. We put warning labels on just about everything. Golf equipment can do the same. (This product does not conform to the rules of golf.) Would be pretty easy to track who buys what. Let the market sort it out.
02.7.2013 | Unregistered CommenterMike Stevens
"Serious golfers will always play by the rules. That represents less than 5% of all golfers."

@ Mike Stevens

That is a thoroughly scurrilous assertion to make about the remaining 95% of golfers? Where is your proof?

Rhetorical question!

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