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Golf Australia Express : Issue 49
SAY WHAT? LETTER OF THE WEEK YOUR THOUGHTS... BRING IT ON! The never-ending debate about how to take our great sport to the wider masses has always stumbled to find that magic formula. The adage “nothing changes if nothing changes” rings true when trying to break down old traditions. The Olympics will provide a whole new paradigm and world of possibilities for golf, and in doing so reach out to a much larger audience than has ever watched it before. Let's bring it on and not get in the way of a once in a lifetime opportunity to bring some real innovation into the game. — MARK JONES, VIA EMAIL THE LETTER OF THE WEEK WINNER RECEIVES A DOZEN DIXON GOLF EARTH BALLS VALUED AT $49.95 —Neil Kamminga, via email TELL US YOUR THOUGHTS ON A FIFTH MAJOR... I THINK THE PGA should consider adding another major championship or even replace one of the three American majors. This new major championship would be played in various countries on a rotational basis, in a similar fashion to the Open Championship. Countries from the various regions could bid to host the tournament. Regions could include Asia (China, Japan, India); Pacific (Australia, New Zealand, Fiji); South America (Brazil, Argentina); Europe (Spain, Germany, France); Middle East or Africa. I believe this change will help increase the exposure of golf to a global level and give the game Olympic credibility. — TIM BAILEY,VIAEMAIL GOLF IS A GLOBAL GAME and for the Americans to claim ownership to most of the majors is unfair to the point of arrogance. They even appear to no longer dominate the winners’ list in their home country. Non-Americans seem to hone their skills outside America and play the American circuit mainly to boost their pocket money. Majors should not be about money but about who is the best player. There are too many quality courses outside the US where this could be truly tested. Let the Americans and the British retain a home major for the established tradition, but let other nations share another three majors. This should put a far better perspective on global golf. — MARK STACEY, VIA EMAIL ON GOLF AT THE OLYMPICS... GOLF DOES NOT NEED the IOC to reinvent our game. We already have the IGF and the R&A—surely they are big enough and strong enough to say leave our golf rules as they are. — HARRY BERESFORD, VIA EMAIL WHAT A FANTASTIC DECISION to finally showcase golf on the world's biggest stage. I'm surprised it has taken so long. Just like tennis, I do agree it will not have the prestige of the majors nor will the players treat it as such. However, as athletes they will be fighting to be there because of the unique experience of participating in the Olympics. Looking at the bigger picture, it offers a massive opportunity to capture more global interest in the best individual game on earth. — CHRIS LEMBERIADIS, VIA EMAIL
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