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  1. I've got the old NBC theme going in my head, but alas, it's Fox, with its updated announcing lineup in its sophomore year. The US Open is my favorite major of the year, and it's at the venerable Oakmont CC. an added bonus, with its church pews bunkers in the great state of Pennsylvania. TV Schedule: USGA streaming: http://www.usopen.com/en_US/video/liveVideo.html Streaming schedule:
  2. http://www.golfdigest.com/story/new-usga-randa-study-finds-unremarkable-increases-in-driving-distance-on-pro-tours It looks like driving distance hasn't increases substantially over the past 13 years.
  3. I started a new topic on this based on this comment: It's interesting, if you think about it… will the USGA dictate to Fox how they screwed up and misrepresented the USGA? Would this have happened on NBC? In other words, the USGA chose FOX as their broadcast partner, and FOX - by allowing their former players turned announcers to go on for so long about how unfair things were, and to misunderstand and mis-apply the rules, certainly didn't do the USGA any favors. Will this cause a change in the way the USGA allows FOX to cover their events?
  4. Hear me out. Suppose that the Rules Official correctly (IMO) ruled that Dustin Johnson earned a penalty stroke on the 5th green for causing his ball to move. I think there is a good chance - not a certainty - that he collapses a bit and/or Lowry plays well enough at that point that the outcome changes. Maybe they tie, maybe DJ loses outright… something. Consider that DJ probably played the last 13 holes not thinking he'd be penalized because he doesn't understand the rule, and how his mind set and decisions might have changed if he had been penalized. At the time, he'd have only been -3 while Lowry would have been -6. I will say it this way again. There is a good chance that because a penalty was not assessed initially and DJ thought he would not incur a penalty, it affected the play of DJ, Lowry, and others over the remaining 13+ holes. In other words, DJ might have LOST the U.S. Open if he had been assessed a penalty at the 5th hole instead of after he'd won by 3/4.
  5. So… the USGA supports and would support making the embedded ball rule offer relief through the green (basically everywhere but the green, the teeing ground of the hole you're on, and hazards and OB), but the R&A resists. Maybe in 2020 they'll change their mind a bit. Plus, as many have pointed out, it would let them remove the idea of "closely mown" grass from the Rules of Golf. Anyway, most of the time, courses and tournaments here play the embedded ball through the green as a local rule, which is allowed, but it has to be specified or it's only in closely mown areas. Note: an embedded ball must be denting the soil somewhat. A ball that's buried in the rough isn't necessarily embedded.
  6. Now that the anchoring ban is being enforced, there have been a couple of situations on Tour that have prompted discussion. The linked article discusses those situations. I think the danger with these strokes is the fine line they create. People may not question Langer, but other lesser know players may be called out. http://www.usga.org/articles/2016/02/anchors-away-rule-14-1-b-in-action.html
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