Alright, so the ongoing saga of the golf world versus the new modernized Rule of Golf rages on. This time… Or shall I say that once again the USGA is directly in the crosshairs.
If it isn’t bad enough that the rules struggles have been the thing of near animosity (no fault of the USGA) or the fact that they’ve made an embarrassment of themselves in USGA-sanctioned tournaments. Pick any one of the borderline idiotic rulings. Dustin Johnson’s “BunkerGate I” in 2016 at Oakmont. Then there was Anna Nordqvist’s infamous “BunkerGate 2” (also in 2016) when the U.S. Open was played at CordeValle Golf Club. I was actually gutted for both athletes at the time. Of course, there’s the debate every year and ultimately complaints from the player’s in the field about course set-up. Honestly, I think Mike Davis was setting up the courses fine. It should be difficult for these guys and girls to win the title. But it also shouldn’t be set up like a resort course nor it shouldn’t be a battle of attrition. Perhaps, I’m just getting mellow in my old age.
Say, the USGA loves to make questionable penalty calls but how about the one that they didn’t make? Phil Mickelson in the 2018 U.S. Open. Another irritating gaffe. It ‘s speculation on my part but if his name was Patrick Reed, Bubba Watson, Rory (no not that one… the other one) or I dunno… Kevin Na? Penalty? Almost a likelihood.
So in the last 24+ hours we had a brazen response from the USGA Public Relations department in response to criticism of the new rules by PGA TOUR star Justin Thomas. In a move that I’ve never seen before (I wouldn’t be so bold as to label it unprecedented) the USGA lashed back over social media (Twitter).
“Justin, we need to talk. You’ve canceled every meeting we’ve planned with you, but we are reaching out again. We were at the first 5 events, and tournaments last year, and your tour has had a seat at the table for 7 years. We’d love nothing more than to give you a seat. Call us.” -USGA PR
I actually went as far to commend them for it. They fought back and stuck up for themselves. Awesome! After all of the bitching and complaining from player’s about the rules from the safety of a keyboard they called out someone. Kudos. That was right up until today… March 5th, 2019.
It turns out that the USGA backed up quicker than the “Speed of Light” and backtracked their statement. It turns out that he (Thomas) did not avoid communication or meetings with the USGA. As you’ll read below.
After further and more direct conversations with @JustinThomas34, we realize he did not avoid a discussion with the USGA nor cancel any meetings. We value his and all players’ opinions and are committed to a productive dialogue as the golf world adjusts to the modernized rules.
Seriously, to the brain trust of the USGA you folks really need to get your collective heads extricated from your arse. If any or all of the above instances from your National Championships weren’t bad enough this looks really bad. I’m dying to know who the individual was. Your credibility almost seems to be diminishing in a way.
The golf world will adjust to the new rules. In my article yesterday I suggested “growing pains”. I stand by that assertion but being a man of conviction I also stand by my word that you (the USGA) need to get your @!#$ together.
Tour Edge Golf. The Batavia, Illinois based golf manufacturer is in the news again. Having signed several players’ on PGA TOUR Champion’s (Champion’s Tour) to cap and logo deals 2019 is off to a very strong start for the brand. Tom Lehman, Scott McCarron, Tim Petrovic and Duffy Waldorf amongst those playing Exotics golf clubs that have contributed to 1st and 2nd place finishes in 62% in the last 29 events.
For more information, please see the press release below from Tour Edge Golf.
Until The Next Tee!!
Exotics clubs have finished 1st or 2nd in 18 of last 29 PGA TOUR Champions events
Tour Edge continued its year-long hot streak this week with a runner-up finish by Tour Edge Exotics staff player Scott McCarron and four Top 15 finishes at the PGA Tour Champions’ Cologuard Classic in Tucson, Ariz.
The 2nd place finish by McCarron marked the 11th runner-up finish for a professional playing Tour Edge Exotics since the beginning of 2018. This is on top of the seven victories earned on the PGA Tour Champions by players using Tour Edge Exotics over that same time span.
In 2019, players using Tour Edge Exotics have earned one victory (Tom Lehman in the season-opening Hawaii event) and a total of three Top 5 finishes, seven Top 10’s and 16 Top 25’s in the first four events.
The four Exotics staff players who feature Tour Edge Exotics logos on their gear this year all finished in the Top 15 of the event this week at the Catalina course at Omni Tucson National Resort, the home course for the PGA TOUR’s Tucson Open for 30 years and home of the Cologuard Classic since 2015.
McCarron, who wears a Tour Edge Exotics logo on his sleeve, finished in 2nd place at 13-under-par. He fired a 69 Sunday that included six birdies on the back nine.
McCarron is playing an 18-degree Exotics CBX 119 hybrid in a Project X Even Flow Black shaft, the same shaft that is available to consumers as a stock offering in the CBX 119 line.
Fellow Exotics staffers Duffy Waldorf, Tim Petrovic and Lehman all finished tied for 15th at the popular Tucson event.
Waldorf shot a 68 to climb 19 spots Sunday while playing an Exotics CBX 13.5-degree 3-wood and a 17-degree CBX hybrid with a Fujikura Atmos 8 Blue shaft. He is wearing a Tour Edge Exotics hat and shirt and carrying the Exotics CBX 119 bag this season.
Petrovic climbed 10 spots Sunday shooting a 69 playing three Exotics clubs. He is currently playing an Exotics CBX 15-degree 3-wood, an 18-degree Exotics CBX 119 5-wood and his “favorite club in the bag”, the Exotics #3 CBX Iron-Wood. Petrovic is also wearing a Tour Edge Exotics hat and shirt this season.
Lehman finished T-15th after shooting a consistent seven-under par 70-70-72 for the three rounds. Lehman is playing a CBX 119 18-degree hybrid with a Project X Even Flow Black shaft and a #2 CBX Iron-Wood. He is wearing a Tour Edge Exotics logo on his chest and carrying a CBX Exotics 119 staff bag this season.
“All four of our Exotics logo staffers played well this week and gave us great television exposure with Scott McCarron leading the way for our 18th win or runner-up finish on the Champions Tour in the last 29 events,” said Tour Edge President David Glod. “In conjunction with the advertising, we are doing within the PGA Tour Champions events, Tour Edge was all over the Golf Channel coverage.”
Lehman currently sits 2nd on the 2019 Charles Schwab Cup Money List, while McCarron climbed seven spots to 7th place on the official money list.
Including the four Exotics staff players Lehman, McCarron, Petrovic, and Waldorf
and Exotics staffer Bart Bryant, 12 different professionals have put a total of 41 Exotics clubs into play after four events this season. In total, over 60 different players have played over.
This week the PGA Tour Champions heads to Newport Beach, Calif. for 2019
Hoag Classic at Newport Beach Country Club.
About Tour Edge
In 1986, David Glod founded Tour Edge with a focus on offering golfers with high
quality and technologically advanced golf products that were as cutting edge as
they were affordable.
He is now considered one of the preeminent master club designers in golf club design and has led Tour Edge to be a Top 10 manufacturer in every club category.
Tour Edge products have been put in play on the PGA TOUR, PGA Tour Champions,
LPGA Tour and Web.com Tour, as well as European professional tours, and have been in play in every PGA TOUR major event and in Ryder Cup competitions, leading to 18 wins for players playing Tour Edge products on the PGA Tours (10 PGA TOUR, seven PGA Tour Champions, and one Web.com Tour victories.)
In 2018 alone, Tour Edge clubs earned seven wins, nine runner-up finishes, 34 Top 5 finishes and 60 Top 10 finishes on the three PGA Tours.
Tour Edge, an American owned and operated company for more than 33 years, manufactures and sells golf clubs under three distinct brand names: Exotics, Hot
Launch and Bazooka.
• Exotics products bring futuristic technologies to the marketplace with tour
preferred designs and smaller production runs. Exotics clubs utilize higher-grade, avant-garde materials and manufacturing methods that have established Exotics as a leader in quality craftsmanship and to redefine what is possible in golf club performance.
• Hot Launch has forged a name for itself as a producer of high-quality premium
game improvement golf clubs from driver to wedge. Hot Launch has proven to
provide the greatest custom fit value in golf and includes an unprecedented
guaranteed 48-hour custom fit delivery program.
• Bazooka represents the absolute best value available in golf, offering advanced players, beginners, women, and juniors the best in playability and affordability. All Exotics and Hot Launch clubs are hand built in the United States in Batavia,Illinois and then distributed throughout the world. Every Tour Edge club comes with a Lifetime Warranty and a 30-day play guarantee.