There is not much to talk about when it comes to Gary Player. It can be said that Player, 87, has left a huge mark on the golf world, and is one of the most well-known legends of this game. Although he is 87 years old, he is still in excellent health and looks as good as ever.
There was a lot of controversy surrounding the new rules in the interview Player gave to golf.com, and he was particularly upset with one particular rule. “I think the worst rule ever invented is leaving the pin, the flag in the hole.
You get these guys with their big hands, and they go to take the ball out of the cup, and they squeeze their hand in between the cup and the flag. They pull the cup up, and every cup you play now is raised”. - he said, as quoted by golfmonthly.com.
Gary Player and his view
Player explained his view. “There will no longer be a penalty if a ball played from the putting green hits a flagstick left in the hole. Players will still have the option to remove the flagstick or to have someone tend the pin and remove it after the ball is struck”.
Gary Player believes that this cannot save time. It is obvious that he is dissatisfied with the changes that have taken place and believes that they should be changed. “They tell you you’ll hole more putts hitting the flag.
That’s hogwash. The greatest putters in the world never ever left a flag in a hole. And they were as good as putters as you’ll ever find today. The whole idea is to save time. It doesn’t save time. I’m all in favour of everything you can do to save time, but get the flag out.
That’s my opinion”. Over time, Golf will introduce many innovations to attract additional attention and popularity. Modification in sports is a normal thing. However, sometimes things should be seen in the right way.