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Since the course is snowed over…

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I gotta get my golf kicks elsewhere.

I’ve long held the belief that you can tell a person’s character by the way they play golf.  Bill Clinton’s taking multiple mulligans, for example.  Or the regular playing-partner of a coworker, who ends up breaking at least 2-3 clubs a season in a fit of rage.

Then there’s this in the NYT’s Economix blog about Bernie Madoff:

CNBC found records of Mr. Madoff’s golf scores from the Golf Handicap and Information Network. Between 1998 and 2000 Mr. Madoff registered 20 scores from games played at the Palm Beach Country Club, Atlantic Golf Club and Fresh Meadow Country Club. (The score report is below…)

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Note how eerily consistent he was, even after not playing for an entire year from 1999 to 2000.

The CNBC reporter Darren Rovell notes that Mr. Madoff’s handicap was a 12 — which is about the same return Mr. Madoff guaranteed investors.

Does this mean he cheated in these games? Not necessarily; perhaps he just didn’t report his less impressive scores to the association. Which also might not be entirely out of character, I suppose.

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Written by PappyBro

December 20, 2008 at 20:48

Posted in Golf

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