April 16, 2014
By Jonathan Wall, PGATOUR.COM
- Justin Rose putts to a 15-inch cup Monday at Reynolds Plantation. (TaylorMade Golf)
What would the reigning U.S. Open champion and an eight-time PGA TOUR winner shoot if they were given the opportunity to play a golf course with a 15-inch cup? That question was answered on Monday at an event co-hosted by TaylorMade CEO Mark King and PGA of America president Ted Bishop.
Sergio Garcia and Justin Rose were both in attendance at Reynolds Plantation in Greensboro, Ga., and played nine holes with a 15-inch cup, shooting 30 (6-under) and 33 (3-under), respectively, in just over 90 minutes.
King and Bishop introduced Hack Golf -- an initiative aimed at attracting more people to the game -- and the idea for a 15-inch cup at the 2014 PGA Merchandise Show.
"It is clear our game needs something to recapture the incredible growth and momentum we were experiencing a decade ago,” King said. “Whether it is this 15-inch-cup concept or an idea that comes in from outside the industry, we need to spark a revolution that will bring new participants to the game.”
In the coming weeks, 20 golf courses will participate in a beta test with the 15-inch cup, and by the end of May, TaylorMade said 80 additional courses across the nation will be enrolled in the program.