Tag: usga

Sep 23

PGA and European Tour Merger?

Many Questions Arise if the European and PGA Men’s Tours Effect a Merger Rory McIlroy has been musing lately about the idea of Europe and the U.S. seeking a merger, at least the men’s golf part. That’s right, the PGA and European Tour in a hypothetical merger. There are so many talents between the two, …

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Sep 20

Penalties, Round Two

More Thoughts About Penalties After the Ben Crane Incident I read this morning that the fossilized USGA is finally modernizing the rule book. Naturally, I must temper my criticism of the grand old institution, as it really does do everything possible to preserve the integrity of the game. However, the weirdness of some of the …

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Sep 17

Penalties Technology, and the Rule Book

Ben Crane and His Two-Stroke Penalty for Technology Beyond Our Understanding It used to be that technology was largely confined to the development of clubs and balls, a long slow evolution that brought us our metal woods, sure-fire putters, and mega Titleist ‘watcha-call-its.’ It used to be that the worst thing that could happen, in …

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Jun 24

Frank Tatum, Author of ‘Massacre’ Dies

Frank ‘Sandy’ Tatum, former President of the USGA Prepared Winged Foot for Difficult 1974 U..S. Open, Was Much More  It is amazing, the jobs one can get if they are wealthy enough. Men and women with little to no knowledge of the industry can oversee complicated business networks, regardless of background. However, we should never …

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Mar 12

Golf Rules are Changing

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Golf Rules Changing That Were Set Centuries Ago I suppose that I am the only person remaining in the golf world who does not want the game of golf to go faster, be a lot more “fun” and less “difficult.” I’ve said it a thousand times, so I won’t elaborate, except to say that the …

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Dec 20

Play the Lie? Don’t Think So

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When to Play the Lie Respecting the Rule Book is Fine, but Sometimes It Surpasses Ridiculous I watched a youtube video the other day that in terms of logic, was an absolute horror. Somehow, a young golfer got out onto a frozen lake or large pond, where his golf ball sat. His intent, of course, …

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Nov 15

Golf Rules for the Birds

Some Golf Rules Just Need to Go, While Others Need to be Enacted Josh Sens of Golf.com wrote an article this week entitled the 8 Supidest Rules in Golf, and boy howdy did he ever nail it! Weekenders like me watch the pros go through these terrible trials, in which they are sometimes unjustly punished …

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Sep 24

Golf’s Maddening Rules

Golf’s Rules Costs Strokes Losing Strokes to ‘Outside Agents’ After years, and particularly the past few weeks, of watching penalty strokes being assessed or not being assessed based on a variety of incidents, I’m starting to fray at the ends trying to understand  one’s responsibilities where the results of his game are concerned. For a …

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Jul 12

Golf’s Odd Rules

The Rules Of Golf Baffle Many of Us Again, we witnessed an odd ending to a major event this week, when Anna Nordqvist, in the midst of a sudden death playoff, was coolly informed that she had lost the tournament a hole before. What was intended to be a gripping finale of an LPGA major …

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Dec 01

Murphy to Lead USGA

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Murphy 2nd Female USGA President in Over a Century In the golf world, the USGA is a big deal, a very big deal. In fact, in many areas, the USGA “is” the deal. It touches every area of organized golf. It sponsors championships, sets national rules, sets requirements for player status, equipment, and along with …

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