New groove rule may be postponed


CROMWELL, Conn. – The groove issue continues to heat up on the PGA Tour. During a conference call late Tuesday the four player directors on the Policy Board continued to debate whether the Tour should switch to the U.S. Golf Association’s new groove rules in January 2010, as originally scheduled, or if they will delay the implementation date until 2011.
According to one board member who didn’t want to be identified, the debate was “too heated to do on a conference call,” and the issue will be addressed next week at AT&T National.
According to sources the issue will likely be decided by Tour commissioner Tim Finchem, who would likely not push to delay the rule change, which is designed to limit the effectiveness of grooves on shots from the rough.