This bubbling back and forth between professional golfers and the game’s rulesmakers has been a bad look all around.
It’s time to clean it up and move on, which is what PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan’s memo to players on Monday was intended to do.
Monahan reminded players of several things:
The tour was actively involved in making the new rules and almost all of its recommendations were adopted;
It is a collaborative effort with the USGA and the R&A and will continue to be;
The tour will continue to play by the new rules through this year while analyzing their effect, citing that the process has not yet reached its finish line.
Tour players have continued to challenge the new rules, whether in the course of play or on social media, which has become the bathroom wall of discourse these days.
It’s no secret the tour players have an inherent dislike and distrust of the USGA and, perhaps to a lesser degree, the R&A. But the players are coming across as petulant in their reaction to the rules changes.
They’re barking that they should have input in the rulesmaking process, dismissing the fact the tour was directly involved in the seven-year process of modernizing the rules. The players were involved but it sounds like from 35,000 feet in their private jets.
That was the point Monahan made in his memo. He basically told the players to pipe down.
Are the new rules perfect?
Apparently not given the grease fire that’s erupted over the simpl...
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