The golf world gets so worked up about the Ryder Cup that you'd swear it's the only match-play event of any consequence. Haas, 34, has never pegged it in a Ryder Cup but he might have more big-time match-play experience than just about any would-be Ryder Cup rookie.
For the last five years, the top rules experts in golf have come together from around the world to study a jigsaw puzzle. That's what Thomas Pagel of the USGA refers to as the book more commonly known as the Rules of Golf. The purpose of these private meetings essentially is to break up the puzzle and start over so the rules make more sense, without losing sight of the tradition or ethos of a game with six centuries behind it. Sessions can last at least eight hours. The singular goal is to make the rules less complicated. It has not been easy. "Everyone wants the game to be simple, but it's a complex game," Pagel, the USGA's senior director of rules, said in an interview at the Olympics. "You
Ryan Asselta, Michael Bamberger and Alan Bastable discuss the terrific finish at the Rio Olympics and whether it will have an impact on the game globally.I am dedicating, and eventually turning over, this column to my friend Fred. Fred Anton of Philadelphia is 82, and for nearly 30 years now he has been one of my most trusted tutors on delicate subjects, such as golf and life.