If you haven’t noticed that rule changes and cheating have become a major issue on the PGA TOUR this year, you simply haven’t been paying attention. Several pros have been disgruntled and vocal about their displeasure and now the PGA TOUR is finally pushing back.
2019 has become a major year for rules in golf with several being adapted or changed entirely with the hope of improving the game. Many PGA TOUR players haven’t responded positively, however. For example, Justin Thomas and Brooks Koepka have been calling the rules terrible since day one and Rickie Fowler openly criticized the new drop rule in live competition.
This has obviously left a sour taste in the mouths of the PGA TOUR and the USGA because the morale of their players and the blunt criticism has stunted the growth of golf as a sport around the world. Why would anyone want to watch or play a sport that has “assinine” or “terrible” rules? So as a response, Jay Monahan sent a memo out to all players asking for collaboration.
Memo from Tour commissioner to players on Monday re: this year’s rule changes. “This is a collaborative process, one the PGA Tour has been a part of from the beginning, along with all organizations in the world,” the memo reads. pic.twitter.com/pTa17UuQCC
— Rex Hoggard (@RexHoggardGC) March 5, 2019
Rex Hoggard of the Golf Channel was the first one to post the memo on social media, which basically says that this is a collaborative process where feedback from all affected is encouraged. There are also several bullet points in the memo to help players better voice their opinions outside of the public eye. Further, Monahan asked for players to use their voices more constructively in the process.
And if you’re thinking that maybe the PGA TOUR will relax on some of these changes to appease the players, think again. Monahan stated, “We are committed to playing under these rules as we analyze their effectiveness throughout the entire season and it’s important to acknowledge we are not at the finish line yet.” So, in essence, they would still like feedback to how to better adjust to these changes but they are committed to making them work long-term.
Only time will tell if this memo will help quell some of the public outcries by professionals but if it doesn’t, perhaps the PGA TOUR will start cracking down on public criticism. The only thing for sure here is that this issue is coming to a breaking point. Hopefully, the players and administrators can all find a solution to these issues so that it doesn’t bog down the PGA TOUR for the rest of the 2019 season.
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