Thompson Takes Time Away and Watson Wants to Change the Ball
Elliott Heath writing for Golf Monthly:
The nine-time LPGA Tour winner posted her withdrawal on Instagram saying, “The events of the past year and a half (on and off the golf course) have taken a tremendous toll on me both mentally and emotionally. I have not truly felt like myself for quite some time.
“I am therefore taking this time to recharge my mental batteries, and to focus on myself away from the game of professional golf.”
In an era where we see too many celebrities crushed by the attention of the world, it's good to see Ms. Thompson making her mental health a priority.
Tom Watson has a simple solution to combat gains in driving distance
John Huggan writing for Golf Digest:
“You could have one ball for the pros and let the amateurs play with anything they want,” Watson said. “Or you could play one ball in major amateur championships, as well as the professional tours. Yeah, we could do that. But I like Feherty's response to it. I was talking to David at the Masters. He said: ‘Just make the ball bigger. That will make up the difference in distance.’”
We've talked about this topic so many times on this blog in the last year that I've lost count. Traditionalists continue to wring their hands over the gains in distance on the PGA and European Tours to the point that you would think the game is under threat of folding. What I'm not really hearing that much is complaints from fans. Professional golf is an entertainment. Fans seem to still enjoy the game even if tournaments are won at 20-under-par and the longest hitters are turning par-4s into chipping contests. What they seem to enjoy most of all, based on their spending habits, is playing with the same equipment as their professional heroes. Splitting the game into amateur and professional equipment sounds like a really bad idea.