I hate to say I told you so, but it is looking as though the Courts could be the final arbiter of the whole anchored putting fiasco.
At the Colonial this week, Tim Clark told reporters:
“If there really was a ‘comment period,’ we all know it was all smoke and mirrors. Their minds were made up.
We do have legal counsel. We’re going to explore our options. We’re not going to just roll over and accept this.”
This is exactly what I feared with this ruling. From their statement earlier today, it’s pretty clear to me that golf’s ruling bodies have their backs up and their blinders on. They are adamant that anchoring is a threat to golf as we know it, and that other considerations are trivial or nonexistent. At the same time, however, they continue to deny what any public golfer knows—that bifurcation already exists.
So now we may go to the courts. Clark is just waiting to see if the PGA TOUR follows the lead of the USGA and R&A in playing their cards.
I don’t know why the PGA TOUR can’t have its own rules. NFL football rules are different from NCAA. Major League Baseball has variants in rules between the National and American leagues. No one argues about the purity of football rules. And aside from a few crackpots, people have largely accepted the DH.
But that’s not really the issue. For me, I worry that golf’s ruling bodies have just further separated themselves from the masses they purport to represent. I just don’t see how this is “For The Good Of The Game.” It will instead just foster more disregard for the rules and further the bifurcation process that already is underway. Denying that something exists does not make it go away.