For a game that has been guided for centuries by the simple, unwavering tenets of rules we sure have gotten willy-nilly of late, and maybe that’s not a bad thing.
On Wednesday PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem surprised many when he acknowledged that the circuit ignores its own policy and continues to allow a co-sanctioned event at Augusta National despite its all-male membership.
A day later the Tour again colored outside the lines to sidestep one of the most embarrassing episodes in pro golf history since Roberto De Vicenzo mixed up his math and lost a Masters.
It was a day that began at 7 a.m. for Brian Harman, an up-and-coming Tour rookie and this week’s first alternate into The Players Championship. After hitting some warm-up shots on TPC Sawgrass’ practice tee Harman informed Tour officials he’d be in the clubhouse if someone withdrew.