Peter Dawson, a native of Scotland, has presided over radical change in golf's governance on his side of the Atlantic -- his legacy sure to be a Royal & Ancient vote this fall to allow women into the club for the first time.
After numerous struggles for equality worldwide it's clear that at certain golf clubs in the U.K., discrimination is not only an accepted practice but one that is condoned by an organization and its chief executive.
On Monday, the PGA Tour and PGA of America offered the USGA a compromise on the anchoring ban that helps amateur golfers. Our Jeff Rude says he hopes America's rule-making body will finally just say yes.
Let’s not kid ourselves. The ban on an anchored putting stroke, to start in 2016, would seem to focus on “sport” rather than “game.” On competition rather than recreation. On game-face golf rather than social golf.
Lovers of classic links like Royal Porthcawl should watch this year’s U.S. Open at Merion with interest. A successful staging at Merion should provide food for thought for those who would love to see Royal Porthcawl one day host the Open Championship.
Dick Rugge is calling it quits this week as the USGA's senior technical director. He was an executive at TaylorMade when the USGA hired him to oversee golf equipment testing procedures, and led a team of 18 full-time employees.
Our Bradley S. Klein doesn’t know if the changes to The Old Course at St. Andrews are all needed. But what he does know is the reasons given for making them are unconvincing and not enough basis for tinkering with sacred ground.
Research shows that all top 18 players in last week’s PGA Tour putting rankings regularly use a conventional putter. Not a belly nor a broomstick to be found on that top shelf. Yet golf’s powers that be are expected to ban the anchoring of such longer implements. Say what?!
Dick Rugge, 64, announced his resignation Nov. 5 after nearly 13 years on the job. He will step down Feb. 2, ending a regime that took a giant step toward clarifying current and future golf equipment rules.