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Moneyball

If you marvel at how much the pros make playing golf, it might help to put those ridiculous sums into a broader context. While Henrik Stenson pocketed more than $11 million by winning the Tour Championship a few weeks ago, that’s small change compared to what golf is worth to the U.S. According to “Golf 20/20,” an annual report from the World Golf Foundation, the industry generated $68.8 billion in goods and services in 2011, with a total economic impact of nearly $177 billion. WGF chief executive Steve Mona told CNN that the industry “is larger than the spectator sports and performing arts industries combined.” Furthermore, nearly two million Americans work in the golf business, earning annual wages of $55.6 billion. But The Buzz still strongly recommends that you tip the locker room attendant and the kid who cleans your clubs after a round.

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