Champion slams golf’s law-makers
Four-time major winner Rory McIllroy has blasted golf’s leading officials, claiming they have spent “millions of dollars” on changing something that should have been left alone.The Royal and Ancient (R&A) and United States Golf Association (USGA) have joined forces in an attempt to save the game from being dominated by golfers who can hit the ball extraordinary distances.American Bryson DeChambeau, a 109-kilogram beast, is the head of the big-hitters pack. The 2020 US Open champion averages 330 yards off the tee and even smoked a 428-yard drive at the Travelers Championship in Cromwell, Connecticut in June last year.Among three rules recently proposed by golf’s law-makers was reducing the maximum length of the shaft from 48 inches to 46, a regulation that could be implemented between now and the Masters in April.McIlroy was left fuming, claiming lawmakers “reek of self-importance” and should instead be committing to grassroots golf.Bryson DeChambeau claims US Open (Getty)”It certainly doesn’t need to happen,” McIlroy said of the Distance Insights Project.”This pandemic has been so good for golf and the fact is they are looking at the wrong thing.”They spent millions of dollars doing this Distance Insights report, which I think is not going to change the game at all.”There might be new regulations on manufacturers but manufacturers are going to find a way round them; that’s how good they are.”So those millions of dollars should have been put back into the grassroots of the game.”The governing bodies’ other proposals were to use local rules that limited specifications of balls and drivers.The Distance Insights Project has revealed a continual increase in distance over the course of 100 years, with average gains of about 30 yards by PGA Tour players throughout the last 25 years.”Yes, they are the gatekeepers of the game and their job is, yes, to make sure the game thrives in 100 years’ time – and this is not the way to do it,” McIlroy said.”The way to do it is by getting more people into the game by making golf more approachable, and if you are just piling rules on people all the time that doesn’t make it appropriate.”For a daily dose of the best of the breaking news and exclusive content from Wide World of Sports, subscribe to our newsletter by clicking here!
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