THE RULING BODIES?
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.” 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 efforts to grow the game.” The European Tour declined to comment.