Friday, May 24, 2013

Legal Ramifications

   I'll admit, I am no lawyer.  I do understand law, however, and I do not understand how the PGA Tour players that have formed a "coalition" think they have a case.
   Let's go over the facts.  The equipment the players are using is not being banned.  Tim Clark may still use his long putter and not supinate, he just can't hold it against his body.  Webb Simpson may still use a belly length putter, he just can't jab it in his stomach.  Adam Scott, having previously stated he would just move the putter a millimeter away from his chest, has now joined the "coalition" headed by legal firm Cooley, Manion and Jones.
   I'd now like to present some information that hasn't been discussed highly - Cooley, Manion and Jones' opponent.
   Why hasn't anyone noticed that the USGA President Glen Nager is a formidable opponent in the courtroom himself?  He's an adjunct professor at Georgetown.  In what, you ask?  LAW.  Nager has tried 13 cases in front of the Supreme Court, served as chair of the board of directors of the Office of Compliance of the U.S. Congress and in 2003 was listed as one of the top 45 lawyers under 45.  His specialty, you ask?  EMPLOYMENT LAW.
   So tell me, does anyone think that the USGA doesn't have expert knowledge of the potential legal ramifications of the new ban, in particular the case PGA Tour players may try to make about the ban affecting their employment and livelihood?  Does anyone think that this potential legal action hasn't been considered and maybe, just maybe that the ban is being enacted because the USGA and R&A know there is no legal action that will stick?
   To the nine players who are part of the "coalition," it's time to get over it.  You'll do just fine without anchoring.  You may need a few more hours on the putting green, but my guess is if you were going to win tournaments while anchoring, you'll find a way to win without it.

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