Good riddance to armchair officials
You are completely wrong in this article (“Pro tours hang up on armchair rules callers,” Dec. 12, http://bit.ly/2AvWkB5).
I believe the average fan is tired of the call-in “official.” It’s unfair to those who are in the lead during television time. What happens to the rules “infractions” to those who are not in front of a TV camera?
The beauty of golf is that the players continue to police themselves. In no other sport does a player call a penalty on himself. Too many times, the infractions called into the PGA Tour from armchair officials are ridiculous (see Craig Stadler, 1987, Torrey Pines, Rule 13-3, “Building Stance”).
The USGA and R&A did the right thing and restored golf to the way it was meant to be played.
Replay official will create more issues
Golf is supposed to be the ultimate gentlemen’s and ladies’ game. That is so far from the truth.
I hate viewers at home having anything to say about anything. I am not a Seattle Seahawks fan, but there was a clear holding call that went uncalled Sunday late that cost them a shot at a drive to win the game. It was clear and missed by the officials, at the most crucial time.
Will a golf booth official have the nerve to call something on, let's say, Rickie Fowler at a critical time or let it go for public-relations reasons?
Can an official in a booth help golf get it right? Maybe, but then what? Is the player accused of cheating? Or is it a mistake?
Golf wants to be treated like a major-league sport, but golf's rules are not the same. Cheating in every other sport is fine, but not in golf.
So where does it go? Does that cheating player get suspended? Kicked off the PGA Tour because of cheating?
The Pandora’s box is now open. Intent or not, cheating is cheating.
Boca Raton, Fla.
Play golf with 1 set of rules
As a senior lifetime golfer, I would caution the USGA and the R&A against adding a different set of rules for amateurs (“It’s time for golf to create 2 sets of rules,” Nov. 28, http://bit.ly/2iZW1DV).
This would, in my view, open the proverbial Pandora's box for the game and cause controversy for golfers worldwide. Under which set of rules did he/she make that shot? Under which set of rules did he/she use that particular club or ball? Who would be the final authority on any controversy? Would it go into any record book? And on and on and on.
Part of playing any sport in which there is a professional counterpart is the fantasy that we all enjoy, of doing something that would make any pro proud. In order to continue to enjoy those moments, we have to be playing by the same rules. Leave it alone.
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