Shotlink Test Meeting Mixed Reviews

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PGA Tour (75x100)HOUSTON -- The PGA Tour's plan to require players to disclose club selection at the end of each round was met with mixed reviews at the Chrysler Championship.
 
'I don't see there's going to be a lot of cooperation,' Brad Faxon said. 'It's not something a player was ever brought up doing. I can already hear the mumbling and grumbling among the ranks, from players and caddies.
 
'The last thing I want to do is fill out these numbers.'
 
Shotlink already charts every shot by every player with a laser system. Now, the tour wants players - through their caddies - to provide their club selection. One reason is to market an interactive game so the tour can recoup its investment in Shotlink.
 
At Innisbrook, they handed out green index cards for caddies to fill out the club selection. Some of them wound up in the trash can. Fred Sanders, who works for Kenny Perry, ripped up the card on the first tee.
 
'I've got one goal on the golf course, getting my man from the first tee to the 18th hole in as few shots as possible,' Sanders said. 'I'm not a secretary.'
 
A notice of the test run - there's another one this week in the Tour Champioship - was posted in the locker room, although it was clear several players were not aware.
 
'First I heard about it on the putting green Thursday,' Charles Howell III said. 'They were giving out green cards to the caddies. I thought they were player of the year ballots.'
 
He said his caddie did not fill it out - 'We're worried about my golf game,' Howell said - although he would do it if the tour ordered him.
 
Ditto for Perry.
 
'I'm no rebel,' he said. 'But I think it's unnecessary. Just another thing to fool with.'
 
Sanders speaks for several caddies by saying the tour has neglected caddies on such issues as parking, and they are not willing to go out of their way - even as harmless a task as filling in club selection - to help the tour.
 
But he also raised an interesting issue that relates to the integrity of golf.
 
'Let's say Kenny plays Colonial great, which he does, and somebody hits the ball the same as Kenny,' he said. 'What if they go to Shotlink and see what Kenny does on this golf course. He hits 2-iron off this tee? That makes sense.
 
'They could try to copy our way of playing, and it takes years to learn that.'
 
Faxon, a member of the policy board, perhaps summed it up best.
 
'I think they're going to have to find a better way to do this,' he said.
 
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