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How much longer will the PGA Tour allow the amateurs to decide golf's rules?

Watching the opening two tournaments of the year in Hawaii last week, I suddenly began to wonder, how much longer will the PGA Tour allow the amateurs to decide golf's rules? There is bound to come a time when they will want to be in charge of their own destiny. I really don't think the R&A and the USGA have done too good a job on the rules in recent times. There have been so many diabolical things going on in terms of US Open pin placements and other screw-ups. I'm not coming at this as a gnarled old pro dreaming of days of yore, none of this is sour grapes or anything like... Read more...

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This year’s best of the best and the rest

As we approach the end of the year, former Reuters golf correspondent Tony Jimenez has asked Tony to look back and select his highlights of the golfing season Player of the year Francesco Molinari has been a breath of fresh air. My good friend Costantino Rocca was a fine player but Francesco has taken Italian golf to a new level this year. The way he won The Open was inspirational and then he and Tommy Fleetwood captured the imagination of so many people around the world with their brilliant 'Moliwood' partnership at the Ryder Cup. I'm not underestimating Brooks Koepka's achievements in... Read more...

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Wrong rulings

Former Reuters golf correspondent Tony Jimenez spoke to Tony about golf’s latest rule changes… The R&A and the USGA have recently brought in several minor rule changes but, in my opinion, they have again failed to address golf's biggest problems. From next year players are allowed to repair spike marks on the green, they will be able to putt with the flagstick still in the hole and also drop the ball from knee high rather than shoulder high. A lot more tweaks to the rules have been made too but when are the powers-that-be going to tackle the issue of anchoring, or restrict the... Read more...

Europe’s next Ryder Cup Captain

Europe’s next Ryder Cup Captain

Former Reuters golf correspondent Tony Jimenez spoke to Tony about Europe's next choice for Ryder Cup Captain. We're expecting an announcement soon on the next European Ryder Cup captain for the matches at Whistling Straits in 2020 and it seems as though Padraig Harrington is nailed on for the role. Padraig is a three-time major winner with great playing experience on both sides of the pond, he's an amiable guy, a deep thinker, a character, and he's the obvious choice. Hopefully there won't be anything to stop him picking the wildcards he wants, and he doesn't have to contend with... Read more...