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Tuesday
Nov282017

Former USGA President Jim Hyler Now Setting Masters Pins

And Jim Hyler gets the best seat in the house when Chairman Fred Ridley hosts the annual chairman's Masters press conference.

But more important to most of us, the former USGA president was named chairman of the Masters Tournament Competition Committees and Rules Committee according to an Augusta Chronicle story. This means he will head up the committee charged with course setup and, in this era of golf courses needing to adapt to an ever-changing game, Hyler's tenure with the USGA certainly educated him to the possibilities of course setup and the issues caused by distance gains. (David Shefter profiled him in 2010.)

From the Chronicle story:

Hyler, of Asheville, N.C., has served as a member of the tournament’s Rules Committee since 2015. He replaces Ridley, who held both roles from 2006-2017 before becoming club and tournament chairman in October.

“Having handled this important assignment for many years, I am aware of its necessary qualifications and, therefore, very proud to name Jim as my successor,” Ridley said in a statement. “He is uniquely qualified to serve the tournament in this position, given his background and previous experience assisting in the successful conduct of our competition.”

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Reader Comments (3)

Let me guess. "Course setup" will still include the usual dried out, shaved down, rock hard fairways....followed by a press conference about how woah boy, these guys are getting way too much distance out of their drives - we clearly need a NEW BALL!

Looking forward to it.
11.29.2017 | Unregistered CommenterMC
I feel that Fred made a good choice in Jim. Course setup is probably the least understood of Rules and Competitions . There is so much that goes into it that the average player fails to appreciate. Having 40 years of experience in course marking and setup for amateurs and professionals, I have confidence in Jim's ability to provide fair competition which is really what it's all about.Of course, Jim will have a lot of critics looking over his shoulder but I know Jim will put that aside and do a great job.
11.29.2017 | Unregistered CommenterPete Blaisdell
Will Jim be pushing his "brown is beautiful" mantra to Augusta membership?
11.29.2017 | Unregistered Commenterol Harv

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