Patrick Cantlay against golf rule change: "I don't think it would be good"

PGA Tour pro Patrick Cantlay has had time to think about the plans by rulemakers to rollback the golf ball and he still isn't convinced it's a good idea.

Patrick Cantlay against golf rule change: "I don't think it would be good"
Patrick Cantlay against golf rule change: "I don't think it would be good"

When it was finally confirmed golf's powers-that-be were going to curb distance by rolling back the ball, Patrick Cantlay wanted to take some time to learn more before offering his thoughts. 

Which was strange, given Cantlay is the type of PGA Tour pro who has strong feelings on each and every topic in the game. 

The news was a welcome distraction from the schism between PGA Tour and LIV, but it would be an understatement to suggest it has divided opinion. 

A number of elite men's professional golfers suggested the plans by the R&A and USGA aren't necessary. 

Certified bombers such as Justin Thomas and Bryson DeChambeau have expressed their anger at the proposals that will affect all golfers from 2028. 

World number two Rory McIlroy was the only high-profile voice who didn't understand the fuss. All along, he has been an advocate for bifurcation. 

McIlroy, 34, said he couldn't understand the 'anger', adding: "It will make no difference whatsoever to the average golfer and puts golf back on a path of sustainability. .

"The people who are upset about this decision shouldn't be mad at the governing bodies, they should be mad at elite pros and club/ball manufacturers because they didn't want bifurcation.

"Elite pros and ball manufacturers think bifurcation would negatively affect their bottom lines, when, in reality, the game is already bifurcated.

"You think we play the same stuff you do? They put pressure on the governing bodies to roll it back to a lesser degree for everyone.

"Bifurcation was the logical answer for everyone, but, yet again in this game, money talks."

Cantlay was asked his opinion now he's had time to 'hear more about' what the rollback will entail after his first round at the Genesis Invitational

Having seen Korn Ferry Tour pros break 60 in recent weeks, has it changed his mind?

"Not at all," he said. 

He continued: "I don't think it would be good for the game.

"I think more people are excited about golf now more than ever hearing some of the numbers that there's been more rounds played in the last year than ever before in this country.

"I think that's fantastic and I know it's growing worldwide as well. That should be the emphasis."

What changes will be made?

Patrick Cantlay against golf rule change:

Under the new proposals, golf balls struck at a robot-controlled swing speed of 125mph - up from 120mph - must not exceed 317 yards to conform.

Touring male professionals are expected to see the distances they hit reduced by 9-11 yards. 

Amateur male golfers are expected to see their distances reduced by around 3-5 yards.  

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