When last we heard from the ruling bodies of golf - the United States Golf Association and the Royal and Ancient Golf Association – the anchoring of a golf club against one’s body will be bloody against the Rules of Golf.
We’ve heard from high above that such golf strokes will be illegal effective in 2016.
Why? Because Adam Scott, Ernie Els, Webb Simpson and Keegan Bradley had the audacity to win four of the last nine major golf championships using putting strokes featuring their flat stick anchored against their body.
Suffering from heat stroke, he barely finished. Yet still, on a day when he battled the 100 plus degree weather, he managed to turn a 6-shot deficit into a 4-shot win.
The headline says it all. Area players refuse to compete on the PGA Tour! Oh, it's not like they haven't tried, but getting a PGA Tour berth has proven to be harder than even the best players can possibly imagine.
There are a number of outstanding golfers who hail from Bucks County. Yet as strong a group of players as they are, none has developed into a star at the modern upper echelon of golf.
Who is the last area player to compete in a PGA Tour event? Mike Laudien, a Bishop Egan and Trenton State graduate. Who was the last area player to regularly compete on the PGA Tour? That would be "Nobody."
On one hand, players are happy to have advanced past the first stage of Q-School. But to tee it up and do it again, against a field that includes many PGA Tour regulars, can be stunning. Jon Rusk has been their before. He's been to the second stage of Q-School five times, advancing to the National Finals twice. This time it's in Panama City, Florida, at the Homre's Bad and Ugly Course. He will need a great round and some luck to advance to the Q-School finals.
Three rounds into the four round affair Rusk is in 50th position. Only the top-20 and ties advance.
The PGA Tour Championship was an outstanding event to watch on television.
Seeing Phil Mickelson come back from near disaster to win was exciting, and seeing the stories written by Tiger Woods, Kenny Perry, Steve Stricker and the Delaware Valley's own Sean O'Hair over the course of the last four days at historic East Lake reminds all that golf is full of great story lines.