Rules of Golf
Finchem: Simplify and clarify Rules of Golf
tremendous stories, phenomenal FedEx Cup. Yet, we are constantly talking about the rules and equipment. It just seems to dominate every conversation. Are you concerned at all that this has become such a big part of our overall view of the game? The rules? -Well, I-- you know, it depends again on how you look at it. The rules in golf are different than any other sport. Very different. They are more complex. And the way they're judicated is different 'cause in our sport, you know, you're supposed to know the rules. And you're supposed to call ruins on yourself. We see that happen all the time. But I don't know if it's a bad thing to have a focus on the rules. I do think that-- and I think a lot of people in golf feel this way increasingly that the rules are too complex, and ought to be-- ought to be clarified and made simpler for lots of reasons. If you look at the language on the rule that related to Tiger's drop at Augusta, where it says "as near as possible," what does that mean? The vagueries-- the vagueries in the rules, there could be an easier way to do it without harming the integrity of the game. If, you know, when we-- when we-- when we allow our player to "lift, clean and place," it takes a drop within a club link or something. They're ought to-- it seems to me there's a way to cons-- make a more consistent approach. The other-- the other advantage of going that direction, you would get more amateur and recreational players to pay attention to the real rules- which I think is another healthy thing for the game because I think if you're in to the rules and you play by the rules, you enjoy the game more. But some of that's missing right now. It seems to me we should think-- be thinking about it. -Well, if there's so much complexity, why not write your own rules? Have your own PGA Tour rules? -Well, we could. There have been people that advocated that. We continue to believe that as-- again, golf is-- as a splendored sport. You know, sometimes, we're jealous of the NBA, the NFL. They make their own rules. And if the amateur body, the amateur game, the amateur football teams, Pop Warner football, college football, high school football, recreation ball-- if they wanna have some different rules, they could do whatever they want. But this is our rules. We're a business, we're gonna present the game we wanna present it. And I understand that argument. And I think it's a good argument. But I do think there's a lot to be said for the nexus between the participation in the professional side of the sport. And the rules provide a lot in making sure that people who are out there playing recreational feel like they're part of the same sport. And so, I'd rather see us moving the direction of-- of moving the rules toward an easier bunch of rules to understand and to apply than to just say, "Let's go over. We're gonna make it different." The other thing is that when people say that, "Okay. Let's pick a rule." And are we really gonna do it differently? I mean, if the PGA Tour writes its own rules, we're in for a couple of years of argument about 50 rules and how they ought to be written. And they're not that far off now, in my view. I think some of our
The Daily Brew: Know Your USGA Rules
at US GA dot -- -- learn a lot more about the rules of the game. See the more you understand the rules of the game the more you can have the rules work to your advantage so. I would recommend with all of my players to -- go to the US GA dot org and study the rules they have a wonderful website real easy -- to move through. And when you get knowledge of how the rules work he can years than not -- to your advantage but he can also. Just enjoy the game this much more -- just understanding how the game is really meant to be played so our. Take all your laptop give yourself a chance that a little bit more about the game. And certainly I know you're gonna have a lot more fun playing by the rules so until next time. Having Dolphins.