Twenty-five tournaments a year plus a true offseason sounds like a way to prune back the Tour and leave something stronger and healthier. Sign me up! This is a great rule and ultimately an inconsequential penalty. Are they going to suspend Spieth for three Fall Series events? I think he’ll be okay.
I like the rule too just to keep some of the big names checking in once in awhile at the needier Tour stops. Yet it seems unduly harsh in Spieth’s case. I mean this is the guy that came back to the John Deere a few years ago when he didn’t have to — and practically was all the star power at the Byron Nelson this year. Still the boys who have already weighed in are right. Bottom line is the bottom line and if by a quirk he just misses out on Atlanta I think Jordan can handle the freight.
Ping doesn’t take a firm stance on handicap because there are other considerations when choosing an iron. With most clubs forgiveness increases as you go up in clubhead size with marginal losses in workability.