I was very happy when the PGA Announced on Monday that They will comply with Rule 14-1b which was adopted by The USGA and R&A earlier in the year. There will not be two sets of rules for different tours, and everyone on the planet will play golf under the same rules.
That’s the way it should be.
The fear from The PGA of America that in a down economy, making the game more difficult for the average player would drive players away from the game, and away from spending time and money on the game. They are asking the USGA and R&A to extend the time for amateurs to comply until 2024 instead of the January 1, 2016 deadline for professional tours.
As a guy who grew up in 1950’s Mid-America, I will be the first to admit that golf is a bunch different today than it was back then. When I was a kid, I was always told that golf was played by rich white “Gentlemen”, and riff-raff need not come. Now everyone on the planet has the opportunity to tee it up on almost any golf course.
Unfortunately, a 23 year-old South Korean woman is sitting at the verge of history, and it seems that no one other than golf cares. If this were Tiger Woods attempting to do something that hasn’t been done since 1930, it would be news on every outlet. Golf History is now trying to decide if Park wins the British Open, will she win a Grand Slam?
The Evian Championship has been added this year as a fifth major by the LPGA, and most are saying Inbee Park will have to win all five championships in order to have people call her feat a Grand Slam,not just four ending with The Women’s British Open next month. Some people are saying that Inbee must win at St Andrews to have any chance of the powers to be, recognizing four majors as a grand slam.
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