PGA Tour head admits issues with new rules rollout

Making the game of golf faster – and easier – were the reason a whole bunch of new rules were introduced in the first place.

And less than three months into that system, there have been some ‘teething’ problems.

Jay Monahan Jay Monahan (Credit: PGA Tour)

At least US PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan was able to admit that during what has become an annual PGA Tour ‘State of the Tour’ address regarding the state of the game.

Monahan admitted there had been a breakdown in the working relationship between all those bodies involved in the workings of the new rules introduced on January 1 this year…namely the R&A, the USGA, the PGA Tour and the European Tour.

“There has been a lot of discussion about the rules, and I would like to use this moment to kind of step back and talk about what’s happened over the past six years,” said Monahan.

“We the PGA Tour, along with every other golf organisation, had really been really encouraging a review of the rules and really encouraging a modernisation, a simplification.”

“We identified a number of rules that we felt got us there, got the game there. And that was the approach we were taking.”

“When you go through a period where you haven’t had a lot of change, and then you roll out 50, there are going to be some things that work really well and some things that might create debate.”

“Lost in some of the discussion is all the things that are working really well, and the list is long, and I think it’s right that we’re two and a half months in and there’s some rules, some existing rules that are causing debate and discussion.

“I spent two hours this morning with members of the R&A, the USGA, the LPGA, the European Tour, the PGA of America, Augusta National.

“We’re doing what we should be doing as leaders of this industry, which is talking about where we are in the current state of rules.”

“So, we’re going to tighten that up, and we’re going to move forward in a way that is going to be good for the game and certainly is going to get us to the right place over time with these new rules.”