After a lot of speculation from various media outlets about whether the USGA had the power and influence to force a grooves rule change that the PGA Tour and manufacturers clearly didn’t like, Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem ended the issue with a single sentence:
“It is our intention to move ahead and utilize the condition starting on Jan. 1, 2010.”
If I thought it would end the era of Bomb-And-Gouge on the Tour, I’d be in favor of it. But it won’t The ball manufacturers will simply design a new cover that performs the same off the new groves. And then we’ll be right back where we started.
Memo to the USGA: It’s the ball.