APRIL 26, 2017

Most sports are using high-definition TV to determine whether a call or ruling is correct, but golf would rather go in the opposite direction.

Under a new guideline that could be described as “right is not important, but how it looks is,” the USGA has decided that officials should discard their best tool (technology) in determining whether a rules violation has occurred and instead create subjective standards that are certain to confuse.

In Decision 34-3/10, issued jointly Tuesday by the USGA and R&A, the standards of “naked eye” and “reasonable judgment” were introduced.


Ho-hum. The latest click-bait obituary on golf, “Death watch: How much longer can golf survive?” ( came out recently.

Pffft. Golf has survived for 500 years and will continue to do so, successfully negotiating cyclical downswings and rebounds, just like anything else. You can look it up, although it’s apparent that the alarmist author of the Market Watch mushroom mulch didn’t bother.

Our greater concern should be our own death watch. Unlike the game, we won’t be here forever.

In the news

Awarded: The 2020 U.S. Senior Open, to Newport (R.I.) Country Club. The club is one of the USGA’s five founding members and the site of the first U.S. Amateur and U.S. Open, in 1895.

Keeping score


The last hole on the Old Course at St. Andrews, a 357-yard par-4 known as “Tom Morris,” that was voted as the best hole in Scotland, according to Visit Scotland, the national tourism board. In an online sampling of more than 3,000 golfers, the hole was rated as the best part of the Spirit of Scotland campaign.


Number of players in the top 20 of the Rolex Rankings who are entered in this week’s LPGA event, the Volunteers of America Texas Shootout, at Las Colinas Country Club in Irving, Texas.


Wintergreen Resort is offering two different golf experiences as part of its stay-and-play golf packages this season at the Blue Ridge Mountain resort. The resort’s courses – mountaintop Devils Knob and the valley Stoney Creek – highlight packages that start at $79 per person, per night at the Wintergreen, Va., retreat.

Kapalua Resort on Maui, Hawaii, has introduced two golf packages for its two courses: Plantation and Bay. The Kapalua Golf packages are offered through Dec. 17.

April 25-26
National Golf Day
April 27-30 Tour: El Bosque Mexico Championship
El Bosque CC, Leon, Mexico
LPGA: Volunteers of America Texas Shootout
Las Colinas CC, Irving, Texas
PGA Tour: Zurich Classic of New Orleans
TPC Louisiana, Avondale, La.
European Tour: Volvo China Open
Topwin Golf and CC, Beijing
April 28-30
Symetra Tour: Symetra Classic
Atlanta National GC, Milton, Ga.
Industry: Haggin Oaks Golf Expo
Haggin Oaks Golf Complex, Sacramento, Calif.
May 4-7 Tour: Corales Puntacana Resort and Club Championship
Corales GC, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
LPGA: Lorena Ochoa Match Play
Mexico GC, Mexico City
Amateur: Lytham Trophy
Royal Lytham and St. Annes, Lytham, England
PGA Tour: Wells Fargo Championship
Eagle Point GC, Wilmington, N.C.
May 5-7
Champions Tour: Insperity Invitational
The Woodlands (Texas) CC
May 9-10
NGF Golf Business Symposium
Renaissance Resort at World Golf Village, St. Augustine, Fla.
May 11-14
PGA Tour: The Players Championship
TPC Sawgrass, Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.
European Tour: Portugal Open
Morgado G&CC, Portimao, Portugal

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