Augusta chairman vows long drivers won’t humble course


Golf ball (Photo by Shaun Roy/Sunshine Tour/Gallo Images)


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With extended drivers like Bryson DeChambeau threatening to overpower Augusta Nationwide, membership chairman Fred Ridley vowed Wednesday that the Masters course isn’t going to be made irrelevant and by no means using a battle.

“I actually really feel we’re at a crossroads as pertains to these components,” the Augusta Nationwide supremo talked about on the eve of the 84th Masters, along with, “We’re coming near a fame for motion.”

Augusta Nationwide has lengthened up to now to its present 7,475 yards to battle know-how advances which have boosted driving distances, nonetheless DeChambeau has taken the problem to a mannequin new stage alongside collectively together with his US Open victory.

World quantity six DeChambeau, who bulked up through the three-month PGA Covid-19 shutdown, humbled Winged Foot to seize his first principal title, driving the ball for max distance and place regardless of dense highly effective so he may use wedges and shorter irons into greens.

“What Bryson has accomplished has been completely unbelievable,” five-time Masters champion and 15-time principal winner Tiger Woods talked about. “We have all been amazed at what he is been in a position to do in such a fast span of time.”

After proving his methodology may win a extreme, he purchased proper right here to Augusta Nationwide experimenting with a maximum-allowed 48-inch driver so as in order so as to add extra dimension off the tee and talked in regards to the course carried out as a par-67 to him as a replacement of a par-72.

“As rapidly as he begins messing with that longer driver and has a bit bit extra free time, as loopy as a result of it is, he might need the facility to hit it additional,” warned third-ranked Justin Thomas.

“It is a very gettable course for him. It is a considerably simpler course for him than it’s for everyone else.”

Ridley and completely completely different golf leaders are pondering all types of the way in which during which to deal with the aerial bombardment.

“Because of it pertains to our golf course, now we have selections,” Ridley talked about. “We’ll take the required motion to substantiate we keep related.”

DeChambeau is planning on hovering tee pictures over bushes at Amen Nook’s par-5 13th, the 27-year-old American furthermore making his non-public distinctive paths to completely completely different holes.

Referring to the 13th gap, Ridley talked about it “nonetheless supplies a substantial amount of drama, nonetheless its draw back is being diminished. We do not assume that is good for the Masters. We do not assume it is good for the sport. Nonetheless the problem is loads bigger than Augusta Nationwide and the Masters.”

Ridley talked about closing yr he certainly not thought the Masters would want a specific ball to restrict distances, nonetheless that was earlier than DeChambeau began blasting 400-yard drives.

Ridley helps the R&A and US Golf Affiliation, golf’s governing our our our bodies, on the problem nonetheless hopes a deliberate April evaluation will present the way in which during which whereby on what actions should be taken.

“They’re good stewards of the sport,” he talked about. “Nonetheless I am hopeful that with the work and the evaluation which had been ongoing for a while… I do assume that we’re coming nearer to a fame to motion.”

It has to work for novice and PGA star alike.

“We’ve to develop the sport after which as soon as extra we’re saying we’re anxious about distance,” Ridley talked about. “I actually really feel all people merely has bought to get their head collectively and resolve it out.”

Ridley dominated out any modifications earlier than subsequent April’s Masters, nonetheless added, “Earlier that, I would not speculate.”

Three-time Masters champion Phil Mickelson predicts DeChambeau might need a substantial amount of prospects to win at Augusta Nationwide.

“He’ll find yourself worthwhile correct proper right here ultimately, whether or not or not or not it is this week or ultimately,” Mickelson talked about. “He has bought the sport, the brilliance, the work ethic and dedication.”

Ridley furthermore launched a $10 million contribution to Augusta to redevelop two shut by areas of metropolis, together with a youth membership and group centre.



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