Today's Brain Game is easier than most, in somber memory of the hour that we lost over the weekend. I miss it already.

You know, the games of golf and pool have a lot in common. They're typically played on green surfaces with holes, and they involve hitting white balls with long sticks. And you can even enjoy a beverage while playing both games; that's why there are more pool halls, golf courses, and bowling alleys than there are squash courts and hockey rinks.

By changing one letter at a time to form new words (and leaving all the other letters in their original spots), how many steps will it take you to change the word GOLF into the word POOL? I was able to do it in four steps. If you come up with a different answer, feel free to post it in the comments.

G O L F
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P O O L

Here is one SOLUTION.

ONE SOLUTION:

GOLF > WOLF > WOOF > WOOL > POOL