From the Morning Read Inbox readers respond to recent articles surrounding the lack of slow play penalties from the USGA and PGA Tour
Pro tours must pick up pace, and time is urgent
Golf is suffering from a new generation that sees the sport as too time consuming and does not fit in today’s ultramodern, high-tech, overscheduled world. Future golfers are participating in multiple activities, and their parents are spending hours driving them from activity to activity, while also trying to make a living.
Let’s face it: If we don’t find a way to bring some kind of balance to this situation, golf will continue to lose players, golf courses will continue to be sold for new tract homes and PGA of America golf professionals will be put on the unemployment line. Something has to change.
What the USGA, PGA Tour, LPGA, Champions Tour and Korn Ferry Tour need to do is to speed up play as soon as possible. Current and future golfers watch these players and try to emulate them, all the way down to their apparel. Unfortunately, slow play is something they see as well, and that is having a very negative effect on golf.
The tours need to do something, and they need to do it now. If they don’t take a leadership role in this issue, then the sport we know, and that I love and respect as both a golfer of 40-plus years and a PGA golf professional, will continue to contract.
The 2019-20 season begins soon, so there is no time to waste.
(Anderson is a PGA of America member.)
Hit slowpoke pros where it hurts: On scorecard
Reader Lew Larson is spot on about slow play not being penalized by the USGA and PGA Tour (“From the Morning Read inbox,” July 30).
Until the rules already in place are actually enforced, regardless of how rich, popular and famous the violator may be, the problem will exist in professional golf and will continue to trickle down to those of us who play for fun.
A note to the USGA and PGA Tour: Dollar penalties mean nothing to millionaires. Penalize strokes, if you want their attention. Losing strokes means possibly losing a tournament, losing prestige and losing status for major championships.
The USGA and PGA Tour need to put the strokes, not the money, where their mouths are and enforce the rules.
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