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“Donald may well be the last of his kind, a short/mid-length hitter who consistently found a way to beat the best,” writes Rex Hoggard whose thoughts come at the same time as R&A chief executive Martin Slumbers who previously and frequently consistently said distance wasn’t an issue. Now hints that he’s had a change of heart.

Line in the sand
Will Gray writes, “Speaking on a media conference call Monday, Slumbers echoed prior statements from USGA chief executive Mike Davis who has proclaimed that recent gains in distance are leading to subsequent cost increases tied to a golf course's "footprint."
"Our 2002 joint statement of principles put a line in the sand, or purported to put a line in the sand," Slumbers said. "I think our view is when you start to look at this data now, that we have probably crossed that line in the sand and that a serious discussion is now needed on where we go. And it is a multi-faceted matter. It's extremely complex."

“Extremely complex indeed,” but nevertheless regardless of what action is taken the long hitters will most-times still prevail even if they decide to make changes to minimize the advantages created by technology.

Murderer’s Row
Rex writes, “You look at the guys in the top 10, there’s not too many of them [mid-length],” Donald said. “It makes me proud of what I did. I did it at a time when not too many thought I could have done it.”

To prove the point, look no further than the current Official World Golf Ranking which is a new age Murderer’s Row, with Dustin Johnson, Jon Rahm, Jordan Spieth, Justin Thomas and Justin Rose rounding out the top 5. Only Spieth (75th) ranks outside the top 35 in driving distance.”

As to Luke Donald being proud of himself Rex reminds us, “Either way, what Donald accomplished is nothing short of astounding. On May 29, 2011, he ascended to No. 1 in the World Golf Ranking. All total, he spent 56 weeks atop the world heap, which is well short of Tiger Woods’ 683 weeks as No. 1.

What makes Donald’s accomplishment unique is that he ranked 165th on Tour in driving distance at that moment. It should come as no surprise that when he was unseated atop the ranking for good on May 27, 2012, it was Rory McIlroy who claimed the crown and ranked 15th on Tour in driving distance.”

Link to Rex Hoggard and Will Gray

Quote of the Day
“He’s (Luke Donald) a bloody walking ATM. I slid my AmEx between the cheeks of his arse and out popped $500.” – David Feherty


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