The pay-per-view decision strikes me as tone-deaf. There was always a degree of cynicism behind the marketing of Phil and Tiger’s evolving friendship and rivalry. This just makes that cynicism more explicit.
Today’s balls are about a million miles from the fragile balatas of old and one of the things that distinguishes a premium model is its urethane cover—every Tour model has one and these pelotas are pretty darn tough. So if you don’t lose a ton of balls don’t be afraid to invest in the more expensive ones.
Is this a sensible rule? We posed the question to our panel of experts in this week’s Tour Confidential. Here’s how they responded: The reasoning behind it is. The idea is to bolster the strength of fields across the season. That’s good for the Tour as a whole. If Spieth gets dinged it’s not because he didn’t have plenty of opportunities to meet the minimum requirements this season.