Ryan over at Waggle Room put up a postcard from the infamous 17th hole at TPC Sawgrass, which claimed that 120,000 balls are lost every year. And then, Shane received an email from one of his readers, John, proving that there was no way that this “fact” was true.
Indeed, John did discredit Sawgrass’ claim. However, I want to point out that he made it a tad more complicated than necessary. Simple math could have easily made the claim implausible. Here we go – take 120,000 and divide by 365 days a year, and you get approximately 328. So, yes, it’d be unlikely that 328 balls end up wet on every single day.
I think somewhere along the line a “zero” was added to the end of the more likely number of 12,000. I can believe 32-33 balls go in the drink per day. Today, the pros only dropped 14 balls in the water on the 17th hole.
Hats off to John though with all the bells and whistles to make his argument as funny and entertaining as it was.