TUESDAY  | NOVEMBER 28, 2017
by Mike Purkey

For years now, the biggest, baddest word to those who lead golf’s governing bodies has been bifurcation. The USGA and R&A have long insisted that part of golf’s charm is that pros and amateurs play by the same set of rules.

And it’s that assertion that has prevented the rulesmakers from doing anything about golf’s perennial elephant in the living room: the modern ball goes too far. Without two sets of rules – one for pros and one for everyone else – the ball can’t be restricted without taking away distance from everyday players, who would storm the palace in full-throated revolt.

 



A plea for 10-minute starting times

John Gordon's article about pace of play was extremely insightful, with one glaring omission (“Slow vs. flow: The quest for faster play,” Nov. 27). Golf-course operators must also bite the bullet on space between starting times.

The traditional 7-8-minute gap forces players to bunch up and creates delays in true starting times, even before anyone tees off. Instead of cramming eight groups per hour, utilize a 10-minute gap and space players out from the start. Their experience will be much more enjoyable and efficient.

 


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Number of major championships held by the competitors in the 12:05 p.m. EST Thursday pairing for the Hero World Challenge, an unofficial PGA Tour event at Albany Golf Club in New Providence, Bahamas. Tiger Woods, with 14 major titles, and Justin Thomas, the reigning PGA champion, will be paired for the first time. Woods, 41, is making his first competitive appearance since early February after having undergone a fourth back operation seven months ago. Woods should get a good idea of where his game stands while playing alongside Thomas, 24, a five-time winner in the 2016-17 season who claimed the Tour’s FedEx Cup title. The 18-man field includes eight of the top 10 in the Official World Golf Ranking. Woods, at No. 1,199, is the only player ranked lower than 32nd (tee times: http://bit.ly/2idhoEC).

 



FROM THE INDUSTRY

PGA National Resort and Spa announced a “flash” sale, with discounts of 25 percent on rooms or 10 percent on golf and spa packages bought through Sunday for staysDec. 4 through May 31. PGA National, in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., is home to 90 holes of golf, including the Champion Course, site of the PGA Tour’s annual Honda Classic.

 

CALENDAR
November 28 - December 1
Champions Tour: Qualifying Tournament Final Stage
TPC Scottsdale (Champions), Scottsdale, Ariz.
November 29 - December 3
LPGA: Qualifying Tournament Final Stage
LPGA International, Daytona Beach, Fla.
November 30 - December 3
European Tour: Australian PGA Championship
RACV Royal Pines Resort, Gold Coast, Australia
European Tour: AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open
Heritage GC, Domaine de Bel Ombre, Mauritius
PGA Tour: Hero World Challenge (unofficial event)
Albany Golf Club, New Providence, Bahamas

      
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