Rex Hoggard - July 31, 2012


Looking at the next two weeks, the players who need big performances the most are those who are just outside of the top 8 on the U.S. Ryder Cup Points List like Keegan Bradley, Brandt Snedeker, and Bill Haas who would be Ryder Cup rookies. Hoggard thinks that Davis Love III would be more inclined to make veterans like Jim Furyk and Steve Stricker his Captain’s Picks rather than rookies.

Hoggard found it very interesting that R&A Chief Executive Peter Dawson is open to the idea of altering the 72-hole stroke play format for golf in the Olympics after 2016. Hoggard is supportive of that idea and wants the format to be something that will attract the most interest and the biggest world audience in 2016 and beyond. The idea of including some kind of team competition is something that is very attractive.

No matter what happens with the anchored putter decision, the process of anchoring would not be outlawed until 2016. USGA Executive Director Mike Davis has said that any ruling would not involve equipment changes but instead would involve method changes. Hoggard does not see long putters being banned but he can see the method of anchoring being banned starting in 2016.

The PGA of America has alternated between safe and risky choices when it comes to host courses for the PGA Championship. While classic courses like Oak Hill and Baltusrol are on the list for upcoming PGA Championships, different and in some cases riskier or untested courses like Whistling Straits and Quail Hollow Club are also on the list. Hoggard likes that the PGA of America is willing to take chances when it comes to the host courses of the PGA Championship and it makes the season’s final Major more interesting.