Ross Fisher fired a final-round 11-under 61 at the Old Course at St. Andrews to capture the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship.
Fisher’s new course record didn’t sit well with legend of the game Gary Player.
He tweeted this Sunday night.
Whilst delighted for all the players, it’s quite sad to see The Old Course of St Andrews brought to her knees by today’s ball & equipment.
— Gary Player (@garyplayer) October 8, 2017
The Old Course was lengthened substantially ahead of the 2010 British Open. Rory McIlroy fired a 63 that year. At least one player has carded a 62 in the previous five Dunhill Links.
The most telling and significant tweet from Player, however, came in reply to a reply, as it were, to his original tweet.
That reply reads, in part, “we have been questioning the ball, equipment & conditioning for 50 years. #bifurcation”
The drum has been steadily beaten since the USGA’s 2004 limits on head size and COR by those anxious about the constant need to lengthen courses and the obsolescence of certain classic tracks.
Geoff Shackelford told Golf Channel’s Morning Drive on Monday he thinks the game’s governing bodies are seriously considering further regulations.
“I think that those kinds of rounds get the attention of a lot of people and make them wonder if something’s out of balance and if the skill factor has changed… And they’ve been very quiet lately, so my suspicions are up that I think the discussions are going on.”
Will something happen? Should something happen? Why is this something we care about it golf? The lowest score wins…why do we care if it’s 59 or 79? What do you think, WRXers?