Gary Participant spoke out Sunday about technological advances to the golf ball and gear after Ross Fisher torched The Previous Course at St. Andrews to the tune of a brand new course document.
Fisher shot eleven-underneath sixty one within the ultimate spherical of the Alfred Dunhill Hyperlinks Championship – and that included a 3-putt from the Valley of Sin on the par-four 18th. Quickly after, Participant took to Twitter to precise his unhappiness for what he believes is trendy gear making programs like The Previous Course defenseless.
“While delighted for all of the gamers, it’s fairly unhappy to see The Previous Course of St. Andrews delivered to her knees by at the moment’s ball and gear,” Participant wrote.
The 9-time main champion and Corridor of Famer additionally watched Sunday as Victor Dubuisson shot sixty three (with a late bogey) and winner Tyrrell Hatton wrapped up a 24-underneath efficiency over two rounds at St. Andrews and a spherical every on Carnoustie and Kingsbarns.
The Previous Course has already been considerably lengthened as soon as, previous to the 2010 British Open. That yr, Rory McIlroy shot sixty three on the Open, and within the subsequent 5 editions of the Dunhill Hyperlinks six gamers carded rounds of sixty two.
Golfweek‘s Geoff Shackelford addressed Participant’s feedback on Golf Channel’s Morning Drive on Monday morning, and stated he thinks that we might see gear being regulated by governing our bodies sooner or later.
“I feel that these sorts of rounds get the eye of lots of people and make them marvel if one thing’s out of stability and if the talent issue has modified,” Shackelford stated. “And I feel once you take a look at the numbers this yr, the place we’re with distance spikes, and then you definitely mixed issues like this, it definitely provides them one thing extra to level perhaps to the one that’s type of questioning if this can be a good factor or not.
“They usually’ve been very quiet recently, so my suspicions are up that I feel the discussions are happening.”