It’s been a bad start to the season for Rory McIlroy, to say the least. After a thrilling run at the end of 2016 that culminated in a victory at the Tour Championship and some brilliant play at the Ryder Cup, the four-time major champ suffered a rib injury that has the potential to linger until Masters time. That tournament — aside from simply being the Masters — has been especially significant to Rory in recent years, because it’s the only remaining major he’s yet to win. But now the injury is forcing some changes to his schedule. Speaking to Fox Sports‘ Shane Bacon on his podcast “The Clubhouse,” he revealed that he still isn’t able to run, and that the injury will sideline him from two February
By Chris Gallagher TOKYO, Jan 24 (Reuters) - A Japanese nonprofit group has demanded the golf tournament of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics be shifted from the Kasumigaseki Country Club which does not accept women as full members. The Japan Golf Council, unaffiliated with the sport's domestic governing body, the Japan Golf Association -- said on Tuesday that it had sent a letter to International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach proposing an alternative venue. The membership policy "is quite contrary to the spirit of the Olympic Games," said Eiko Ohya, chairwoman of the council.
Get ready for arguably the biggest shake up to the Rules of Golf in generations. The R&A and USGA are set to introduce a plethora of revised rules that will come into effect on Jan. 1, 2020. David Rickman, the R&A’s executive director of rules, addressed the European Tour’s players during a meeting at last week’s Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship, where he highlighted new innovations being considered for the 2020 edition of the Rules of Golf. Golfweek understands that among the revised rules under consideration are: reducing the search time for lost balls from five minutes to three; allowing players to repair spike marks on greens; allowing players to drop a ball from any height when taking relief rather than the current stipulation of shoulder height; more of an emphasis on using red stakes for water hazards while still allowing yellow stakes in some cases; and eliminating the use of club lengths for taking relief.