July 21, 2009

Comments from the PGA Tour

'I think it's great. It'll be an advantage to the guys who play spin golf balls already. Guys who play a harder ball are going to have to make a bigger adjustment to the grooves. I play a pretty soft ball, and I'll have to make less of an adjustment than most.'

-- TIGER WOODS

'Quite frankly, this is a wedge rule. From 8-iron down, there's really not going to be that much of a difference.'

-- ZACH JOHNSON

'I'll switch to a softer ball. I was known as the king of the flyers in the late '80s. It's going to be crazy out here because some flyers won't just go over the green, they'll go over the gallery.'

-- KENNY PERRY

'I don't think the rule will hurt Tiger or Phil. Players will have to relearn how to hit it high and soft, how to play pitch-and-run shots. Also, a ball out of a flyer lie may take a dip, not necessarily fly, which makes playing out of the rough a guessing game.'

-- LEE TREVINO

'The rule is definitely going to bring course management back into the game. You'll have to examine your lie more closely in order to predict how much it's going to fly.'

-- VIJAY SINGH

'The game's been tipped in one direction, and I wouldn't mind seeing it come back to where the skills that were important to playing good golf for 200 years are magnified instead of being decreased.'

-- SCOTT VERPLANK

'If I'm hitting the ball well, then it plays into my game, but you're going to have weeks where you're not hitting it well, and you're going to have to guess a little bit about how it's going to come out of the rough.'

-- SERGIO GARCIA

'I believe the change will help me overall.'

-- J.B. HOLMES