Tour Pros React to Proposed Rules Changes


Earlier this week, the USGA and R&A announced a proposed set of rules changes which would modernize and simplify the game, something that we can all agree was long overdue. However, like anything in this day and age, these changes were met with some criticism, especially from a few PGA Tour pros. After all, they are the ones that play the game for a living, but are held to the same rules as your weekend foursome at the local muni. 

We start with Canadian Graham DeLaet who wasted no time expressing his opinion and campaigning for a professionals-only rule handbook:

Irishman Shane Lowry echoed DeLaet’s sentiments, along with young guns, Daniel Berger and Justin Thomas:


Recently, asked that very question to 50 PGA Tour professionals and 62 percent of them agreed that they believe there should be a separate rule book on the professional level. Unfortunately, according to the powers that be, it appears there will be no separate set of rules for pros.

There were also a few more changes players would like to see. Ian Poulter chimed in with what he calls “common sense” ideas for the future:

On the other hand, there were a few politically correct responses approving the proposed changes from none other than Tiger Woods and 2018 U.S. Ryder Cup captain Jim Furyk:


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