Sunday, July 6, 2008

Bifurcation? No. How Bout TOURFurcation?

Whenever Tom Pernice gets into contention (thanks to an amazing 63 at Congo on Friday), you know you're going to get some killer sound bytes. The guy used to be a part of the PAC and is very opinionated. When he got into the press room on Friday, he made a stink about the lack of action from the Tour, the R&A, the USGA, and every other governing body on technology. It's good stuff.

Here's the full interview. Then Doug Ferguson breaks it down for you with the big quote:

"Why isn't the PGA Tour and Tim Finchem stepping to the plate and using our own rules?" Pernice said. "Tim's been against it all the time. We should have our own rules, and this way we could use V-grooves and everybody can have the same set, and driving the ball in the fairway might make a difference."
As I have mentioned in Sports Central pieces before on the subject of grooves, the Tour seems unlikely to engage in self-bi-furcation because it would be a nightmare to administer and Finchem doesn't like that idea - he has said the governing bodies should handle that. But, it does seem like at least one player is growingly frustrated about the lack of action. Join the crowd, Tom.

Of course, Pernice also used the mic time to scream that the Tour should make Tiger play more events. That's not going to happen.

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