Players tight-lipped after annual PGA Tour meeting
Wednesday, January 23, 2013
SAN DIEGO - The PGA Tour got a glimpse of the potential future of professional golf without anchoring as a majority of PGA Tour players attended the annual mandatory meeting in the Scripps ballroom of the Hilton Hotel, just 500 yards from the 18th green at Torrey Pines South course.
The general housekeeping part of the meeting took place in little more than 30 minutes before U.S. Golf Association executive director Mike Davis, USGA president Glen Nager and PGA of America chief executive officer Pete Bevacqua were invited into the room. Davis made a presentation and took questions about the anchoring stroke, which the USGA and R&A have proposed banning when the Rules of Golf print again in 2016, that took just about an hour.
“This is the PGA Tour’s meeting,” Davis said afterwards. “They asked us here as their guests. We just feel it would be very inappropriate to say anything more than that.”
Davis confirmed the meeting was very cordial and indicated that PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem asked the invitees not to say anything to the media afterwards.
It seemed by the silence of the players as they marched out of the ballroom after the two-hour meeting that they got the same message. None was willing to speak.
When Finchem left the meeting, his only comment was, “Hi guys," to the handful of reporters and “have a nice evening.” Finchem then went down the hall to the first Player Advisory Council meeting of 2013.
Some prominent players not in attendance were Ernie Els, Jim Furyk, Matt Kuchar, Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods.
Tim Clark, who will not play this week's Farmers Insurance Open, made the trip from his home in Scottsdale, Ariz., for the meeting.
Clark, who uses the anchored putting stroke, presumably attended to making his feeling known to the rank-and-file about anchoring, but would not comment after the meeting.
More clarity to the subject of the meeting and the PGA Tour's position about anchoring could come Wednesday morning, when Finchem addresses the media in an 11:30 news conference.