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Pros react to the USGA, R&A proposal to rollback the golf ball

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Cameron Champ plays his shot from the ninth tee during the second round of the 2022 PGA Championship at Southern Hills Country Club in Tulsa, Oklahoma. (Photo: Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports)

“There’s always news of trying to rollback things, but generally scores haven’t changed much in 30 years,” he told Golfweek. “Obviously, the courses have gotten longer, technology has gotten better, but it’s not like scores have changed or anything. If anything, if there’s any rollback in clubs, balls, whatever it is, generally speaking, the majority of guys on the Tour, or even average hitters, it’s just going to disadvantage them even more.

“It’s just going to be a long game. If you gave Rory or some of the very long guys, if we had to play with persimmons, just think about that. If everyone had to play persimmons, for the long guys it would be even more of an advantage using those clubs than it would now. I get that they’re trying to make sure it doesn’t go too far technology, but as far as advances go, golf courses are longer than they were back in the 60s and 70s and scores haven’t changed much.”


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