“There’s nothing like the feeling of contacting a golf ball in the middle of the clubface, and the sound of it, and just to see it disappearing into the blue sky.” Bob Charles on why at almost 80 years of age he still loves to play golf.
“Butch Harmon is one of the great teachers in the history of the game and I believe he deserves to be in the World Golf Hall of Fame. I’ve learned a great deal from him in our eight years together. It’s just that at the moment I need to hear new ideas from a different perspective.” Phil Mickelson ends his working relationship with his long-time coach Butch Harmon.
“We talked for about two hours. I completely agreed that sometimes you need to hear things a different way, get a different perspective on things. He’s been frustrated the last two years. I thought it was a good idea that he would do this. He needs to hear things differently that maybe get him rejuvenated and get him back to what we all know he can be.” Butch Harmon’s take on the breakup.
“It wasn’t cold. Growing up in Scotland, we were cold pretty much our entire lives. So going to a school where the sun shines was my number one priority.” WGC-HSBC Championship winner Russell Knox explains why he chose to attend a university in the US.
The R&A and the United States Golf Association (USGA) have jointly published the Rules of Golf that take effect on January 1, 2016. The new rules book is the culmination of the normal four-year review cycle and is a collaborative work by the R&A and the USGA that applies worldwide to all golfers.
Among the most significant of the changes in the 2016 edition are the following:
Rule 18-2b (Ball Moving after Address) has been withdrawn. This means that if a ball at rest moves after the player addresses it, the player is no longer automatically deemed to have caused the ball to move. A one-stroke penalty under Rule 18-2 will be applied only when the facts show that the player has caused the ball to move.
A new exception has been introduced to Rule 6-6d (Wrong Score for Hole) to provide that a player is not disqualified for returning a lower score for a hole than actually taken as a result of failing to include penalty strokes that the player did not know were incurred before returning the scorecard. Instead, the player incurs the penalty under the rule that was breached and must add an additional penalty of two strokes for the scorecard error. In all other cases in which a player returns a score for any hole lower than actually taken, the penalty will continue to be disqualification. The penalty for a player’s first breach of Rule 14-3 (Artificial Devices, Unusual Equipment and Abnormal Use of Equipment) during the round has been reduced from disqualification to loss of hole in matchplay or two strokes in strokeplay. The penalty for any subsequent breach of Rule 14-3 will continue to be disqualification. As announced in May 2013, the new Rule 14-1b (Anchoring the Club) prohibits anchoring the club either ‘directly’ or by use of an ‘anchor point’ in making a stroke. The penalty is loss of hole in matchplay or two strokes in strokeplay.