After Further Review: PGA Tour parity


Each week, takes a look back at the week in golf. In this edition of After Further Review, our writers weigh in on changes in the voting process for the World Golf Hall of Fame, the sound of Karrie Webb's shots, parity on the PGA Tour and the state of Adam Scott's psyche.

 The World Golf Hall of Fame changed its voting process this week from something you didn't realize existed to something else you'll soon forget was implemented. In a nutshell, a 16-person committee will now vote, with individuals needing 75 percent for election. Fine. Nice idea. But it doesn't obscure a glaring weakness of the WGHOF eligibility requirement: The minimum age remains 40. In recent years, Phil Mickelson and Ernie Els have won majors after being inducted; Tiger Woods will soon attempt to join them. Sound silly that an active player should be eligible? Of course it does. The age needs to be increased to 50 or - even better - five years after their last competitive event on a major (non-senior) tour. These players aren't going anywhere and neither are we. There shouldn't be any rush to elect them into the Hall. - Jason Sobel

Parity has arrived in golf. When Masters champion and would-be world No. 1 Adam Scott can’t close out a three-stroke 54-hole lead and No. 1 Tiger Woods has played exactly one full Sunday round in 2014 there is no other way to slice it. Slumps, be they injury-induced or otherwise, can be explained, but the eclectic mix of champions in the Florida swing alone go well beyond temporary swoons. In order, Russell Henley (Honda Classic), Chesson Hadley (Puerto Rico Open), Patrick Reed (WGC-Cadillac Championship), John Senden (Valspar Championship) and Matt Every (Arnold Palmer Invitational) all did what no top-10 player could – win. Parity indeed. - Rex Hoggard 

There’s an awful lot of scar tissue on Adam Scott’s chiseled frame. The official record shows that he is now 6-for-10 with at least a share of the 54-hole lead on the PGA Tour, but this loss stings, no matter how you spin it. Seven shots ahead, he took 63 swipes with his putter over the weekend and hit poor shots when he most needed to steady himself. He squandered not only his best chance to win this season but also an opportunity to rise to No. 1 in the world for the first time. Even he would agree that he doesn’t yet deserve that lofty ranking, not after this weekend performance. – Ryan Lavner

Back when Karrie Webb was the dominant force in women’s golf, I asked Hall of Famer Beth Daniel what she liked about Webb’s game. This was back in ’99, after Daniel played a round with Webb at The Office Depot event in West Palm Beach, Fla.

Daniel talked for five minutes about the sound of Webb’s shots. It was like listening to one great pianist admire the way another consistently struck all the right chords. Daniel was one of the greatest ball strikers the women's game has ever seen.

“The sound of Karrie's shots, they’re so solid, it’s unbelievable,” Daniel told me.

At 39, Webb is still making sweet music. With a final-round 63 Sunday at the JTBC Founders Cup, she won her 41st LPGA title, moving into 10th place on the tour’s all-time winner’s list. She’s tied with Babe Zaharias. Informed of this Sunday, you could see Webb appreciated the sound of that. - Randall Mell