Tag Archives: Peter Dawson

Jul
11
2016
By Stephanie Wei under Olympics

It was only a matter of time when it comes down to it — once one star drops out, it’s not a massive surprise when his peers end up following suit and doing the same. Well, at least it was rather predictable with regard to the top-ranked male golfers in the world and their decision to take a pass on competing in next month’s Olympics in Rio.

During the International Golf Federation press conference Monday at Royal Troon, where the Open Championship is being held this week, President Peter Dawson announced that Jordan Spieth, the world no. 3 and two-time major champion, withdrew from the participating in golf’s return to the Olympics, citing the Zika virus as part of the reason.

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Sep
18
2014

Women now allowed in R&A!

The Royal and Ancient Golf Club has voted in favor of allowing female members for the first time in its 260-year history. The St Andrews-based club consists of approximately 2,400 members worldwide, all of whom were entitled to vote — 75% of the membership took part in the ballot, with 85% opting to change its outdated policy. 

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Jan
22
2014
We're growing golf!
Following the template started in 2009 when the organizations created the Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship (AAC), the Masters Tournament, along with the R&A and the USGA, announced the formation of the Latin America Amateur Championship (LAAC), which will debut in 2015.

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Jul
17
2013
Peter Dawson doesn't think same-sex clubs are a big deal

Peter Dawson doesn’t think same-sex clubs are a big deal

Interesting enough, the R&A press conference kicked off with Jim MacArthur, chairman of the championship committee, reading a prepared speech that included platitudes about the greatest golf championship in the world and the advancements in technology, like WiFi, that have enabled them to bring the Open into the modern era. All the while, the massive gender elephant loomed and it felt like they were filibustering the uncomfortable questions regarding Muirfield’s all-male membership policy.

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Nov
28
2012

As expected, the USGA and the R&A proposed a new rule that would ban anchoring of the club, most applicably the putter, to the body when making a stroke on Wednesday morning in a joint teleconference (see below for video aired on Golf Channel).

While golf’s governing bodies call it a “proposal,” it’s pretty much been decided that the rule will be implemented — but of course, to cover their bases, there will be a 90-day thorough review, so the members of the USGA and R&A rules committees can hear every side to every argument possible (as if this hasn’t been discussed enough) before the next approval in Spring of 2013.

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Jul
23
2012
By Conor Nagle under Equipment

Ernie Els’ Open Championship victory appears to have reinvigorated the debate surrounding the use of so-called “belly putters”.

Speaking in the wake of the South African’s victory at Royal Lytham, R&A chief executive Peter Dawson suggested the sport’s governing bodies were poised to take definitive action in the interest of resolving the long-running controversy.

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Jul
20
2012
By Conor Nagle under The Open Championship

Scene of a sell-out: Portrush's 18th during the Irish Open.

Buried amidst the mounting pre-tournament hysteria at Royal Lytham this week was news that Northern Ireland’s 61-year wait to host the Open Championship will continue for the forseeable future.

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Apr
20
2011
By Stephanie Wei under European PGA Tour

Chief Executive of the Royal and Ancient, Peter Dawson, thinks the top tours should publish details of fines doled out to players, according to the BBC’s Iain Carter (via Geoff Shackelford). In other words, he’s calling for the tours to publicly humiliate guys who are slapped with fines for breaching rules, like slow play, spitting, etc. Which is something that the media has been demanding for years. Perhaps J.B. Holmes or Ben Crane (among others) would speed up if they were named and shamed — then we might actually see change and results.

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