Gary Player Is Not Happy With The R&A, And He Hasn't Even Heard About The Planned Old Course Changes!
Thanks to reader Mark for this unbylined SAPA story sharing Gary Player's latest (stock) rant on assorted topics (belly putter, lack of bifurcation, longer courses, water).
His venting on changing courses to accommodate the governing bodies and their fear of acting on distance regulation came before he could hear about the R&A's plans for the Old Course to keep it relevant. Can't wait to hear what he has to say about that!
"I would first of all realise, if I were the R&A, that there are two different games and they say it's one game," said Player.
"It isn't because professional golf and amateur golf are as far apart as from here to Cairo. The thing is, they don't want to recognise that."
Player said the R&A need to distinguish amateurs from professionals and have according governing rules.
"If they think it's the same game, go and tee it up and play with Tiger Woods or Rory McIlroy and you'll really get the message.
"The amateur is still the important man, not the professional golfer.
"We've to keep continuing with technology for the amateur, but for professional golf we've got to tomorrow cut the ball back 50 yards. It's hurting golf."