The latest initiative rolled out at the PGA Merchandise Show is called “Hackgolf.” It’s goal? To make golf more fun. We have some ideas.
With 10 years of ShotLink data under its belt, the PGA Tour is beginning to make great advancements with analytics. And some of golf’s greatest myths are going down. New stats include strokes gained in driving, approaches and short game.
Cal alum Max Homa has been granted a sponsor exemption into the AT&T Pro-Am. He’s also playing at Torrey Pines this week on an exemption.
The NCGA pace of play policy leaves the responsibility for maintaining the pace of play where it belongs, with you, the player. If you are the first group in the field, play efficient golf. If you are in a following group, keep up with the group in front of you and you will not have a pace of play issue. There are no warnings issued under this system. Scorecards will have the expected time your group is to complete each hole. If you fall behind, you are expected to play efficient golf and get back into position. This might mean playing ready golf or continuous putting which are both allowed in stroke play. If available, atomic clocks will be stationed on holes #5, 9, 14, and 18 giving you the opportunity to check on your pace throughout the course. Checkpoints: 9th and 18th Greens There will be an official present on your 9th and 18th holes with whom you can check on your pace. The hole is considered complete when the flagstick is returned to the hole. If you are OUT OF POSITION (behind your allotted time and more than 14 minutes behind the preceding group) after finishing the 9th or 18th hole everyone in the group will be assessed a pace of play penalty. Pace of play penalties are to be added to the score on the 9th or 18th hole. No warnings are issued with this policy. Out of Position: First Group Only: If the lead group is behind its expected time after completing one checkpoint (9th or 18th hole) players will be notified and each player in the group shall add a ONE-STROKE PENALTY to his score for that hole. If they also pass the second checkpoint behind their expected time, each player shall add an additional TWO-STROKE PENALTY to his score for that hole. A group may appeal the penalty in the scoring area before surrendering their scorecards. Subsequent Groups: If any subsequent group passes one checkpoint (9th or 18th hole) behind its expected time AND more than 14 minutes behind the preceding group, players will be notified and each player in the group shall add a ONE-STROKE PENALTY to his score for that hole. If they pass the second checkpoint behind their expected time AND more than 14 minutes behind the preceding group, each player shall add an additional TWO-STROKE PENALTY to his score for that hole. A group may appeal the penalty in the scoring area before surrendering their scorecards. A player concerned about a slow player(s) in his group should first speak with the player(s) and encourage them to play more efficiently. Then, the concerned...
Jack Nicklaus turns 74 today. We got to sit down with the Golden Bear for a Q&A that will run in the Spring issue of NCGA Golf. Here is a sneak peek of that conversation.