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  • In addition to introducing an all-exempt national championship, the USGA also scrapped the men’s and women’s Mid-Amateurs and Senior Amateurs, leaving only 4 tournaments to be played in 2020
  • Cancellations bring to 6 the number of USGA national championships in 2020 that have fallen victim to the pandemic
  • Golf’s leaders could relieve the schedule uncertainty caused by the coronavirus pandemic and follow the lead of the Tokyo Games by retooling for 2021
  • If you’ve got the downtime these days, make an effort to study the Rules of Golf. If you do, you’ll likely be able to beat the average touring pro in at least one area of the game
  • Disclosed: Sectional qualifying sites for the U.S. Open, the U.S. Golf Association announced. The one-day, 36-hole qualifiers will be held May 20-June 3 at nine U.S., sites and one each in Japan, England and Canada.
  • For the fifth time in the history of the U.S. Amateur, the 2018 U.S. Amateur will be hosted by Pebble Beach Golf Links.
  • The original Softspikes were introduced in 1993, primarily to alleviate damage caused by traditional metal spikes to greens and, not coincidentally, wooden bridges, walkways, clubhouse carpets and floors. Not long after, courses began banning metal spikes. Today, they are history, except for some PGA Tour pros. But those original, relatively benign, plastic Softspikes hold little resemblance to the oversized clawed cleats on many new golf shoes. Despite its best intentions, the golf industry might have created a multi-fanged monster. Have we traded those little “Christmas tree” metal spike marks for a pinball-like putting game caused by plastic ones?
  • Relocated: The 2019 U.S. Amateur Four-Ball Championship, from Chambers Bay in University Place, Wash., to Bandon Dunes Golf Resort in Bandon, Ore., the U.S. Golf Association announced Tuesday. The move was made to accommodate a turfgrass change at Chambers Bay, which will transition its greens from fescue to Poa annua. Chambers Bay, a 2007 Robert Trent Jones Jr. design, sits on the Puget Sound site of a former sand/gravel quarry. The course was widely criticized for its bumpy putting surfaces during the 2015 U.S. Open, which Jordan Spieth won when Dustin Johnson three-putted the 72nd hole from 12 feet. Chambers Bay will play host to the 2021 U.S. Amateur Four-Ball, the USGA said.
  • By Adam Schupak WINTER GARDEN, Fla. ­– Ever since Bryson DeChambeau began putting sidesaddle on the PGA Tour, he has feared that the U.S. Golf Association would act to suppress his unconventional technique.    "I'm concerned if I start doing well with it, what will they do?" he said last month at the Franklin Templeton Shootout. "It's within the rules. It's legal. Will they make a new rule? We'll fight it all the way."   Well, the fight may have just begun. Shortly after noon on the eve of last week's CareerBuilder Challenge in LaQuinta, Calif., DeChambeau was practicing on the putting green when he received a call from a PGA Tour official informing him that the center-shafted putter which he intended to use in the tournament was deemed non-conforming to the Rules of Golf.
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