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Tiger & The Dow Continue Their Compatibility Run

Matthew Futterman updates previous WSJ reporting on the completely bizarre correlation between the stock market and Tiger Woods' golf game. (Thanks reader John.)

With recent market spikes and Tiger's return to dominance, well, the amazing congruity continues.

Pay particular attention to the period between 2004-2009 and from late 2011 to the present. The trend lines are eerily similar. As the U.S. economy fattened on the strength of an illusory real-estate boom, Woods was ascendant on the golf course and seemingly off of it too—a fourth Masters in 2005, wins at the PGA Championship and the British Open in 2006, a fourth PGA Championship in 2007 and a third U.S. Open in 2008, plus a beautiful wife and a baby girl.

But the second half of 2008 brought the subprime mortgage and banking crises that sent the markets reeling. Woods broke his leg and had to call it quits for the season. Then came 2009, a DJIA dipping below 7000 and revelations of a series of extramarital affairs that doomed Woods's marriage.

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Reader Comments (8)

Those charts don't look alike at all.
03.28.2013 | Unregistered CommenterRyan
What happens when you add a blonde haired white women chart ??
03.28.2013 | Unregistered CommenterFarouck
This is what the WSJ has become. If any of my students wrote anything this ignorant I'd kick them out of graduate school. Or, apparently, have them apply to be interns at the WSJ. Isn't this article a little early for the April Fools Day issue?
03.28.2013 | Unregistered CommenterRickABQ
The correlation between those two "charts" is about as accurate as most of the curve fitted "stories" that financial "journalists" make up to explain/promote the symbiotic machine that the stock market and the "financial news" industry has become in our time.
03.28.2013 | Unregistered CommenterRLL
The Dow started it's recent bull run in March 2009. That was still about nine months before the hydrant.

The correlation coefficient might be barely positive, but that is about it. Not enough to write a story about.
03.28.2013 | Unregistered CommenterRobert Foster
Now, Robert, you're ignoring the first rule of financial journalism: don't let facts get in the way of your "story," your job is to get the reader to "buy the story."
03.28.2013 | Unregistered CommenterRLL
Rick couldn't agree with you more. When they added the "weekend section" it signaled the beginning of the end. I called 'em to halt delivery because I was going on the road and broached the subject and was told "this is what our core readership wants"..yeah, right..cancelled shortly thereafter. Now it looks like a cross between USA Today and the Daily News....this paper is no longer a must read for any segment of the business population -- RIP WSJ.
03.28.2013 | Unregistered CommenterDTF
What's the matter, Del, you don't think a fluff story about a bankster taking a bonus out of your bailout money to build a shoe closet the size of the average America home is relevant to business in our time...? And don't you need to know where to buy the best hundred-dollar hamburger with some P-Diddy vodka on that road trip of yours...?
03.28.2013 | Unregistered CommenterRLL

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