What golf experts and players say about new Rules of Golf for 2019

What golf experts and players say about new Rules of Golf for 2019

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What golf experts and players say about new Rules of Golf for 2019

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Apr 5, 2018; Augusta, GA, USA; Gary Player hits a ceremonial tee shot on the 1st hole during the first round of the Masters golf tournament at Augusta National GC. Mandatory Credit: Michael Madrid-USA TODAY Sports

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On what it means to the game

“Change is the price of survival, so I applaud golf’s governing bodies’ effort and initiative to continuously implement rule changes to help golf in the long term and simplify the game. We have witnessed several instances over many years that unnecessarily changed the outcome of a tournament. So, recognizing the need for continuous change is paramount for our future.”

–Gary Player, retired PGA Tour player (above)

“I think it’s good because as I grew up, what I learned was the rules are trying to help people. That’s why we have the rules. It’s trying to help the players and speed up the pace. But it shouldn’t go towards the other side. That’s what I think it’s doing well.”

–Shanshan Feng, LPGA player

“I’m for changes that seem to make the rule book more free to understand. More common sense is needed in the areas where penalties are applied when no gain or advantage can be had. I think the ability to have less stress with a ball moving on the putting green through any means is a great change.”

–Stuart Appleby, PGA Tour player

“The vast majority of people out there playing golf are in carts having a $5 Nassau and drinking beer. The audience for television doesn’t understand why they’re making such a big deal about where he drops from a cart path. ‘Just toss it over there and let’s go!’ That little dichotomy is what’s causing a lot of these problems. The simplification of the rules is supposed to be for the average person. Well, they’re not playing by the strictest sense of the rules anyway.”

–Paul Goydos, PGA Tour player

(Note: A version of this story appeared in the May 2018 issue of Golfweek.)

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