When two of the most powerful figures in the game have their say, well, the whole world is entitled to listen.

And when those figures are Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player – who have nine Green Jackets between them, then the US Masters seems the perfect time for the pair to have their say…and they did.GP JN Masters Tuesday 2017

Gary Player and Jack Nicklaus

After hitting the traditional opening tee shots at the 2019 Masters, two of the greatest players the game has produced were quizzed about the state of the game.

And they were unified in their suggestion that something needed to be done about the golf ball traveling just too far in these modern times, reducing the greatest courses, like Augusta National and St Andrews to not much more than pitch-and-putt on so many holes.

“The golf ball has gotten ridiculous,” said Nicklaus.

“The golf ball from 1930 to about ’95 gained about six yards. From 1995 to 2005, about 15 yards…and that’s a big difference.”

“Probably the organizations won’t tell you that, but that’s exactly about what happened.”

Player agreed, urging the governing bodies to create a new ball for the professionals to use – otherwise they will soon be driving the first hole at Augusta National.

“We’d better start thinking,” said Player.

“They are going to hit wedges to all the par-5s, and golf courses like St. Andrews, this marvelous golf course, is completely obsolete.”

“They can drive probably six greens. So I don’t know where we’re going.”

GEORGE, SOUTH AFRICA - NOVEMBER 23: Gary Player, Captain of The International team and Jack Nicklaus, Captain of the USA team after they agree to share The Presidents Cup between USA and The Internatioanl team on the November 23, 2003 at The Links Fancourt Golf Course, George, South Africa. (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Getty Images)

“And our leaders [of the game] have got to get together now and form a ball for professionals that’s different to the amateurs.”

“Let the amateurs have anything they’d like.”

“But we have got to stop this, otherwise it’s going to be a joke, in my opinion.”

The two legends of the game also called for an end to green-reading books for the professionals, which are not allowed at Augusta National.

“Bobby Locke was the best putter that ever lived, and Tiger Woods was the best putter and so on,” said Player.

“I never saw him take out a book to read the damn green. If you can’t read a green, you should be selling beans. It’s part of the game.”

Article courtesy of Golfgrinder.com

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Gary Player became the first golfer since the @PGAChampionship became a stroke play event in 1958 to go at least 10 years between championships (1962, 1972). To this date, Lee Trevino is the only other golfer to match this achievement (1974, 1984). #DidYouKnow #MemberOfTheMonth

2019 first place money:

💰 $2.5m: Nedbank Golf Challenge*
💰 $2.3m: US Open
💰 $2.3m: THE PLAYERS
💰 $2.1m: The Masters
💰 $1.9m: The Open

*final round tomorrow

With 18 holes to go 📊

⭐️ denotes #RolexSeries win.


#SouthAfrica hits a hole in one when it comes to golf courses. The 7km Gary Player Country Club in @SunCityResortSA is one of the longest in the world, and The Links at @FANCOURTSA in the beautiful #GardenRoute offers golfing enthusiasts top-notch greens and fairways. @garyplayer


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