The USGA Replied

Four hours after I posted today that the USGA had not replied to my questions about loose impediments and taking a stance properly, it did so. Here is their reply,"Loose impediments may be removed by any means, except that, in removing loose impediments on the line of putt, the player must not press anything down – see Rule 16-1a and Decision 23-1/1.  Accordingly, removing loose impediments from your area of intended stance is not considered to be building a stance."For more information r … [Read more...]

The USGA Has Not Replied

I'm still not fully convinced I was wrong about whether or not Rickie Fowler broke a rule of golf in properly taking his stance during the Honda Classic tournament three weeks ago, which he won. See my post, "Rickie Fowler Should Have Been Penalized Today" and my followup post "I Stand Corrected About 'Building a Stance' in Golf".I also said in that first post that I met Rickie Fowler, he's a really nice guy, such a crowd favorite on the PGA Tour, and he is a member of the PGA Tour Bible … [Read more...]

Dustin Johnson Wins to Stay #1

Yesterday, Dustin Johnson won the Mexico Championship at Mexico City by one stroke. It is sort of a new tournament on the PGA Tour that switched venues from Trump National Doral Miami. It was Johnson's fourth World Golf Championship title.Johnson held a four stroke lead over Spanish rookie sensation Jon Rahm, who attended Arizona State University. Then Rahm rattled off two birdies at the Chapultepec Golf Club, and the game was on. But Rahm, who had not three-putted during the entire … [Read more...]

New Golf Rule Changes

Well, after posting Sunday and today about my apparent error regarding the golf rule about "building a stance," I learned only minutes later there was a very important announcement today in golf about the rules of the game. It reminded me of what the outspoken yet winsome golfing legend Gene Sarazen once said to me. I was playing with him at Augusta National in the par-three, nine-hole competition that is a tradition on Wednesday before the Masters tournament starts each year. Gene was there … [Read more...]

I Stand Corrected About “Building a Stance” in Golf

Three days ago, I posted about the third round of the Honda Classic golf tournament, played last Saturday. I claimed that Ricki Fowler, who eventually won the tournament, had broken the rule of gold that forbids "building a stance." (See "Ricki Fowler Should Have Been Penalized.") It happened on his second shot on the second hole, which was televised. When Ricki took his stance to play, he was standing on pine needles under the pine trees. He scraped both feet backwards multiple times in an … [Read more...]

Rickie Fowler Should Have Been Penalized Today

I like Rickie Fowler. He's a crowd favorite, especially with kids. He's one of the best pro golfers on the PGA Tour and in the world. Rickie also is a Christian who attends regularly the PGA Tour Bible Study. When he played in the Waste Management Phoenix Open last year, the next day I was eating breakfast in a restaurant with my son Michael and his family. Michael saw Rickie paying his bill at the checkout. So, I went over and met Rickie for the first time and told him I was a co-founder of the … [Read more...]

Matsuyama Repeats at Phoenix

Today, Japan's Hideki Matsuyama won the Waste Management Phoenix Open on the PGA Tour at the TPC in Scottsdale, Arizona, for the second year in row on the fourth role of a sudden-death playoff. He had tied Webb Simpson, who won the U.S. Open in 2012. Today, Simpson rallied with three birdies on the final four holes in regulation play while Matsuyama parred into the clubhouse. Both men had a 72 hole total of 267, 17 under par.On the 72nd hole, Simpson was finished when Matsuyama, with a … [Read more...]

Justin Thomas Sets New Record

Yesterday, Justin Thomas even bettered his blazing hot streak by setting a new, 72-hole scoring record of 253 for the PGA Tour while winning its Sony Open at Waialae Country Club in Honolulu, Hawaii. It was 27-under par since par at Waiale is 70. The previous 72-hole record on the PGA Tour was 254 shot by Tommy Armour III at the 2003 Texas Open. Thomas, a 23-old Kentuckian, won the SBS Tournament of Champions last week to make it two wins in a row.Justin Thomas started the final round, … [Read more...]