Webb Simpson Flummoxed With No-Rulebook Aspect Of PGA Tour

Webb Simpson is surprised that PGA Tour doesn’t carry rulebook. The proud USGA champ, who is also the winner of US Open 2012 cannot accept that PGA Tour would be administered week-to-week via their own version of Golf Rules.

“I do not feel that we would be administered by any amateur organization”, stated Simpson who is seeming offended with no-rulebook aspect of PGA Tour.

“I do love USGA & I am friends with many officials endowed with the responsibility to run this esteemed organization. They work great and it’s remarkable how they come up with possibly the greatest of golf tours in the whole world in U. S. Open. However, we are the sole sport which as in my knowledge, is governed by some amateur organization.”

“What I feel is that there is a disconnect”, he continued.

“Where they would have power & where they must not have power.”

The golf star remarked that it’s not just he who feels that there’re 3-4 rules which simply do not convey any sense for this pro game. (more…)

Focus on Martin Kaymer

Martin Kaymer was born on 28 December 1984, in Dusseldorf, West Germany. He is now a professional golfer representing Germany. He started playing at a professional lever in 2005. He currently has a membership of the European tour. He achieved victory in 10 of the tournaments, including the 4 in 2010 to win the Race to Dubai for the first time. He became the second German to win a major championship by winning the 2010 PGA championship. In 2011 he became the 10th player in the world to have won a major championship and a world golf championship event by winning the 2011 WGC-HSBC Championships.

Martin Kaymer failed to make the cut in the first five events of the season though his debut was on the 2007 European tour. At the Singapore Masters Kaymer made his first cut by finishing in a tie for the 20th place. Once in Europe he found success again. At the Madiera Island Open he finished 15th. In the Portuguese open, he finished in a tie for the 3rd position. He signed with a Sweden based sports company on 2nd November of the same year. His streak of success continued and helped him sail through 2008-09, the Abu-Dhabi Golf Championship, BMW International Open, Barclay’s Scottish Open to name a few.

In 2010 he won his first PGA Championship by defeating Ian Poulter. On 15 August 2010 he won the PGA Championship at the Whistling Straits. At the end of the year he was awarded the Tour Golfer of the Year award, jointedly with Greame McDowell. In 2011 Martin Kaymer went on to become the rank 1 player according to the official world golf rankings following his WGC-HSBC Championship victory. However he lost his rank to Westwood after staying for just 8 weeks. In 2013 he decided to join the PGA tour for 2013.


In what turned out to be one of the most talked about and controversial rulings of recent years, Dustin Johnson was penalized by 2 strokes immediately ruling him out of the chance to compete for the win in the playoffs which were eventually competed for by Bubba Watcon and the eventual winner Martin Kaymer. Golf is more than just about low scores and in what will be a life long lesson to Dustin Johnson, his score eventually became a 1-over 73 and the gold moved from the greens to the calculation boards and about reading notices and calculating the moves.

It was a sort of flashback for golf enthusiasts who would remember something very similar that happened in 2004 when Stuart Appleby was handed out a four shot penalty in the third round because of his negligence in reading the rule sheet. Here, both Johnson and his partner Watney ignored the rule sheets which eventually cost Johnson big time as he was within striking distance of the win. With birdies in the 16th and 17th holes, he had taken a one-shot lead which was totally wiped out when his bogey became a triple bogey more or less ruling him out of title contention.

Going into the 18th hole, Johnson held a one-shot lead and blew his tee 40 yards wide of the fairway. Aerial views show that though the area was designed as a bunker, the lack of heavy sand meant it could easily be confused as dirt brought around by the huge throngs of crowd watching the match. Johnson grounded his club on the dirt, something that you aren’t allowed to do in a bunker, which cost him two shots, even though he didn’t realise he was in a bunker?! If you ever get bored then you can get information about the PGA Tour and all the quirky little rules and penalties on the golf channel website.

Johnson’s caddie barked a “No Comment” when the eventual ruling of the 2 shot penalty was announced. Even the crowd booed the judgment as it was harsh and uncalled for. There was a huge crowd of journalists waiting outside as Dustin Johnson was being interrogated and he also had massive support from his fellow professionals on social media like Twitter. It’s very rarely that a ruling causes such an upheaval and the PGA has been forced to address the crowd and appeal for a bit of calm.

Former pros have been scathing in their attack of the rules and have dismissed as amateurish attempts to pass on a poorly constructed bunker filled with spectators as a proper bunker. The huge crowd and lack of sand is what Dustin Johnson claims misled him into believing it was a normal grass rather than a bunker.