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.
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.
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.