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John Feinstein - November 1, 2012

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Keegan Bradley, who has anchored his putter for many years, has said that he would be open to pursuing legal action if the USGA & R&A decide to ban the action. USGA Executive Director Mike Davis has spoken to the PGA TOUR Policy Board about this issue and if the ban indeed happens, it is possible that Bradley and others who use this method will be labeled cheaters by certain fans just as Casey Martin was labeled that way by some when he was legally permitted able to ride in a cart. The label is unfair in both cases but nonetheless it happened. Bradley is the only person who Feinstein has seen actually quoted discussing legal action but he would not be surprised to see more pros follow if action is indeed taken by a leading PGA TOUR player.

Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods played an exhibition together in China earlier this week and when asked about the possibility of Rory helping Tiger if he signs with Nike, Feinstein said he did not know if Tiger would gain much for that partnership but added that Rory has served to soften Tiger’s hard image a little bit. Commercials have helped to humanize Tiger Woods more than anything else and that will certainly be the case if Rory signs with Nike and both of them appear in a commercial together. That pairing would be similar to when Pete Sampras and Andre Agassi appeared in commercial together.

Feinstein said that he is fine with Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods taking the WGC-HSBC Champions off and he is also fine with them playing in an exhibition together in China. But he added that he would like to see the both of them play in exhibitions in the U.S. where all of the money/appearance fees raised would be given to charities excluding their own personal foundations. There have been televised exhibitions like Shell’s Wonderful World of Golf in the past and there are ways to make exhibitions today interesting and creative.