An Elite Masters

Added on April 14th, 2013 by
Posted in General, Slow play, TV Coverage

Has an Elite Masters let down the recreational game?


FineGolf considers The Masters, although played on what is effectively an artificial course, gives a last nine holes that is a tremendous TV spectacular, gaining wide interest for golf. 

But recent events seem inevitable and need comment. 

  • Should Tiger Woods have walked after what a number of his fellow Pros have said amounted to taking of an advantage? 
  • Is it fair that a mere fourteen year-old was penalised for slow play when those at the tail of the field were backing-up and pressure from officialdom grows ever more intense? 

The fact that Woods, the number one professional in the game, appeared online casino to be ignorant of the rules and that, being the golfer all the Press and the Sponsors are most interested in,  he gets let off comparatively lightly, (it seems that officialdom got it wrong twice, before rescuing themselves at the third time of asking via a rule that effectively allows them to override/nullify all other rules. A sort of reverse Catch 22!)
only emphasises to those of us in the recreational form of the game that: 

1) The rules are too complex and detailed

2) The game is losing the interest of many for being too slow

3) The elite in the game focus too much on money with the result that integrity appears to come second

At the end of the day neither of the above incidents has done the image of golf any good. 

Are the rules maintained almost solely with the elite game in mind, which needs “fair” interpretations at every end and turn due to the amount of money they are playing for?   99.9% of us don”t need such attention and perhaps there should be a simplified set of rules written for the recreational game.

Readers will be pleased to hear that at the inaugural FineGolf day at the delightful Temple GC on September 10th  some of Ted Dexter”s solutions for speedier golf will be used.

Oh! and congratulations to Adam Scott and our cousins in Australia for winning the Masters for the first time.


Reader Comments

On April 19th, 2013 Steve Christian said:

The Masters is a the ultimate test of guts and sportsmanship. The Masters is all about tradition and doing it right. As for Tiger, the rules officials viewed the film and thought he dropped properly. They are much more at fault for not recognizing the situation than Tiger. Once a rules official makes a decision it should be final. No back seat driving. If tiger signed his card without officials involved he should be disqualified. If an official is brought in and makes the ruling is should be final. As for the Masters promoting Money, no mentions of purse are able to be broadcast and what other tournament gives so much attention to the low Amatuer. The Masters has a youth contest called Drive, Pitch, and Putt program. If the Masters doesn’t get someone fired up to play golf nothing will.

On April 19th, 2013 Steve Christian said:

The slow play ruling is what it is. No big deal. If you want to point the blame on a group for the elite status of the game look no further than the PGA of America. Pushing small clubs to have PGA Pros when they can’t afford them. Most pro’s are so focused on their own little world and not looking at growing the game outside the individual club level. Little or no true community outreach is taken on by pros on the local level. They need to get out of their own clubs and do true golf promotion.

On May 30th, 2013 Donal Morgan said:

Love him or hate him, Tiger Woods is simply a modern professional athlete and, as such, he will take any advantage given him in the pursuit of winning. It is not in his nature to behave like Bobby Jones and it is naive to expect that he will ever do so. That said, I agree that the modern professional game bears absolutely no resemblance to the game most of us play and that the rules should reflect that reality. Despite what the USGA and R & A seem to think, bifurcation is not a dirty word. If there were a set of rules on play and equipment for professionals and another for amateurs I expect that the world would continue to spin on its axis and that the game we all love would continue to be played.

On July 8th, 2013 Peter Newman said:

I would venture that Tiger knows the Rules. I can believe that in the circumstances his mind became rather scrambled and he made a genuine mistake. He said as much later, once it had been pointed out to him. The officials made a complete mess of dealing with it, but I think, on balance, they got to an equitable answer in the end. But it was certainly not a good precedent.

As for slow play…..tournament speeds are abominable. Bad luck for the young amateur, but hopefully it will send a message that all will heed.

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