5. College players using push carts at the NCAA golf championship were criticized on Twitter by, among others, Bo Van Pelt and ex-NFL player Trent Dilfer. The critics' feeling is that carrying your own bag is more macho than using a push cart. Where do you stand on the push-cart-vs.-carry-your-bag debate?
SENS: Frankly, I think it was un-macho of Trent Dilfer to win a Super Bowl by relying entirely on his defense, but I happen to agree with him on the push carts. They’re ridiculous-looking and able-bodied college golfers should not be allowed to use them in competition. That said, are they really an advantage? I find it much more convenient and relaxing to carry than push a cart, which can be a pain on certain kinds of terrain.
RITTER: I was anti-cart before visiting Scotland for the first time, but the wheels are ubiquitous over there, including at St. Andrews. Rolling your sticks around the home of golf has a funny way of making the cart seem just fine.
PASSOV: Boo to Bo and I'm dissing Dilfer, too. Push carts are celebrated in the U.K., where you see them regularly on many of the top 20 courses in the world. The walk is the thing, whether you carry, push, or engage a caddie.
VAN SICKLE: I forgot Trent Dilfer was a golf expert. The NCAA golf championship is now overloaded with rounds of golf since it went to match play. These players are often going 36 holes a day. There's not a thing wrong with using push carts.
WALKER: I keep my bag light because I like to carry, but do whatever you want, I won’t judge. The important thing is to walk whenever you can.
BAMBERGER: Push carts are where it's at! They should be allowed everywhere.
6. Shoprite Classic winner and new No. 1 in the world Stacy Lewis visited New York last week to announce a collaboration between the PGA of America and the LPGA, the venerable 59-year-old LPGA Championship is being remade as the KPMG Women's PGA Championship. The forecast sounds promising, but is it wrong to mess with the very identity of the one of the two oldest majors in women's golf?
VAN SICKLE: All I know is that Wegman's, one of the best sponsors the LPGA ever had and the reason the LPGA Championship still exists, isn't going to have a tournament any more because it can't afford a major. You do and do and do and this is the thanks you get.
BAMBERGER: Not at all. This can be a great thing for women's golf. Rock on, KPMG!
PASSOV: The LPGA Championship has serious history and a sterling list of winners, but it's always felt second-tier to me, compared to the Women's U.S. Open and even compared to the Dinah Shore/Kraft Nabsico. Venues were really mediocre in the early years; in the past two decades, they've been better (notably Bulle Rock in Maryland), but not famous or Top 100-type courses. So, too there has been a mish-mash of sponsors attached to the tournament name, making it confusing as to whether it was a normal LPGA event or the actual major. With NYC as home base, and top women in financial circles involved, I see this move as a huge positive.
WALKER: It’s an exciting time in women’s golf and the PGA of America has become one of the game’s most forward-thinking organizations. I think they can revamp the event while still paying respect to its history.
SENS: I don’t like the ring of it, but at least it’s honest. Name a big-time professional sporting event today that would survive without title-sponsor-size corporate investment. Personally, I’m already looking forward to the 2021 IBM Green Jacket Spring Invitational.
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