Originally Posted by Chas
Thank you dave67. I must say I'm a bit surprised that anyone actively in this discussion would not understand what grandfathering actually means. But there you go.
I'm sure you understand that I'm playing "devil's advocate" here. hmmm, can I be sure that people know what that means?
We are in the realm of politics here, PGA Tour vs. USGA/R&A. Politics is never pretty, even in golf ......
I don't think it's that they don't understand. I think many are ticked off at the whole anchoring ban and they're letting their emotions speak instead of logic.
You and I both are on the same page in that neither of us is a proponent of grandfathering, but it's not difficult to come up with a plan on how to accomplish it. I just have a problem with people who come up with stupid reasons why it can't be done as though they've never seen a classic car without seat belts, or a building with asbestos-laden tile in it.
Could they grandfather just the pros on the Tour? Yeah. They could easily draft an agreement with the Tour to delay the ban for 5 years for current anchoring players on the Tour. To say that the Tour wouldn't be able to keep track of its players is asinine, and makes it sound like I can just walk onto a PGA Tourney and play without them realizing I wasn't on the Tour.
Would it be a dreaded bifurcation? Yeah...for a few years. Would it open a wormhole that would destroy the world? What...you mean like if they allowed golf carts at most but not all of the events on, say, the Champions Tour? Or like letting pros use only wooden bats while college players get to use aluminum? Or like...nevermind, you get the point (though some still will claim they don't understand just to annoy us).
I still don't see it happening. I don't see the USGA and R&A letting the PGA Tour (or PGA of America) push them around. Bad precedent, I would think.