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A Bad Connection? PGA Tour Looking Into Issues Of Fans Calling In Rules Violations
Published September 18, 2013
TAKING THEIR TIME: Finchem said that the Tour "would probably take a harder look" at the issue after the end of the season. However, GOLFWEEK's Alex Miceli wondered if the Tour actually will, as it "just went through an exhausting exercise about anchored putters and in the end, decided they were unwilling to split from the Rules of Golf and didn’t want to make and enforce their own set of rules." By "fundamentally changing the way the rules are enforced, the Tour would be doing just that and leaving the rules eventually in tatters." If the Tour is "serious about such a change, Finchem made it clear they would first go to the rules-making bodies." Finchem: “Sure, we go talk to the USGA and R&A. Our batting average with them hasn’t been real good the last year, but we’d have a nice conversation with them and then it would be we’d have to decide what we want to do" (GOLFWEEK.com, 9/17).
NEW YORK STATE OF MIND: The PGA of America yesterday formally announced that Bethpage Black will host the '19 PGA Championship and the '24 Ryder Cup. PGA of America President Ted Bishop said, “In the history of the PGA of America, we’ve played more championships in the state of New York than any other state. ... This announcement today is about Bethpage, it’s about this venue and it’s about what it’s going to mean for the ’19 PGA and the ’24 Ryder Cup. I think that in the historical annals of our championship, when you look back at these two events down the road, these could be two of the biggest and greatest we’ve ever had” (“Golf Central,” Golf Channel, 9/17).