THE RUL­ING BOD­IES?

Golf Australia - - GOLF IS GOOD -

Both the PGA Tour and the PGA of Amer­ica came down fast and hard in favour of main­tain­ing the sta­tus quo. “We do not be­lieve the trends in­di­cate a sig­nif­i­cant or ab­nor­mal in­crease in dis­tance since 2003 or from 2016 to 2017,” said PGA Tour com­mis­sioner Jay Mon­a­han. “We will con­tinue to col­lab­o­rate and share data with the USGA and The R&A – along with other in­dus­try stake­hold­ers – in mon­i­tor­ing th­ese trends, as we have since 2003, and are hope­ful our per­spec­tives will align.” For­mer PGA of Amer­ica CEO Pete Be­vac­qua (be­low) sang from a sim­i­lar sheet. “Based on the in­for­ma­tion we have seen, we are highly scep­ti­cal that rolling back the golf ball in whole or part will be in the best in­ter­ests of the sport and our col­lec­tive e–orts to grow the game.” The Euro­pean Tour de­clined to com­ment.

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