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Ping, USGA meet and...nothing yet

February 11, 2010

USGA and Ping officials met in Dallas on Wednesday to discuss a possible settlement of the Ping Eye2 issue, and while each party said the meeting was productive, nothing has been resolved.

New USGA President Jim Hyler released this statement: "We met with representatives from Ping yesterday. Our conversation with Ping regarding the status of the Ping Eye2 irons on the major professional American tours was productive, and we are hopeful that a solution can be found that respects and reflects the best interests of golfers and the game."

Ping chairman and CEO John Solheim said this in a statement: "We had a productive meeting with the USGA yesterday regarding the Ping Eye2 groove debate on the PGA Tour. I'm encouraged by their willingness to openly discuss some of the challenges the golf industry faces relating to equipment issues. We left the meeting with an understanding we would continue to seek a solution that benefits golfers and acknowledges the importance innovation plays in the game."

-- John Strege