PINI DI TORRE: Four-time main winner Rory McIlroy (pixel) expressed his support for the PGA Tour banning green reading books for next season.
Speaking Wednesday before the US Open in Torrey Pines, the Northern Ireland golf star was asked Golf week report that the PGA Tour Gamers Advisory Council voted to outlaw the books at a virtual meeting two weeks ago.
“Look, everything that was talked about in those meetings is somewhat confidential,” said McIlroy, who chairs the board. “But what can I say, I think: I use a green book and I would like to get rid of it.
“I think everyone is in the same boat, most of the guys on the Tour are in the same boat, that if he is available to us and helps us, people will use him, but I think for the sake of play, I would love to see them outlawed and that are no longer used. “
Currently, the Masters is the only event during the season that prohibits the use of green books, which draw illustrations of each green on a course to show the slope and directions of the breaks.
McIlroy said having the books at their disposal makes the Tour players “lazier”.
“It’s not that it’s really an advantage, it’s just taking away a skill that takes time and practice to master,” McIlroy said. “I think reading greens is a real skill that some people are better at than others, and it cancels that out. Cancel that advantage that people have. Yes, honestly, I think it made everyone lazier. People don’t take the time to prepare as they used to, which is why you see so many more players in Augusta, for example, taking their time around the greens, making so many more putts, it’s because they have to. It is because there is no Green Book in Augusta ».
Golfweek reported that the full board of directors of the PGA Tour could vote as early as next week to approve the rule change, which will go into effect at the start of the 2021-22 season in the fall.
McIlroy, 32, was elected chairman of the board in February and often shares his sincere thoughts on what’s going on around golf. But he probably had more pressing things on his mind the day before the first round of the US Open, which he won in 2011.
McIlroy hadn’t won a major since 2014 and most recently battled an 18-month winless drought that ultimately ended by winning the Wells Fargo Championship in early May. He will be looking for a better start in Torrey Pines than he has had in the last majors; drew for 49th place at last month’s PGA Championship after a 75 in the first round and missed the cut in the Masters with rounds of 76 and 74.
McIlroy said he was “probably just putting a little too much pressure on myself” in the early rounds of the recent majors and offered an unconventional idea of how he would deal with change.
“I think I’m indifferent,” McIlroy said. “Not out of disinterest, but not putting myself under pressure because I have to worry about it, I guess that’s the right way to do it. If I went out and played on this golf course another week, you play for free and it’s the same thing. Like I said, you just need to be able to swing with that freedom, and that’s kind of what I’m trying to get back to. “- Field-level support