Drop dated rule and let amateurs earn money
Published 22/07/2015 | 02:30
Watching Paul Dunne stand over his tee-shot to begin his fourth round on Monday, I wondered about all the things flashing through his mind. Destiny awaited him. Do what no one since Bobby Jones in 1927 had done and he'd instantly become an Irish sporting legend and an immortal of golf.
One thing he wasn't thinking about was what he'd do with the £1.1m he'd win if he lifted the Claret Jug - obviously, his amateur status prevented him from taking any earnings from the tournament, bar a lowly £500.
It is high time for golf to revisit this dated rule. If professional golfers can sully the Olympics then surely it is time to allow amateurs to earn a bit of coin from their outings at Majors.
A rule change would surely disrupt the US college system which nurtures golfers like Dunne (and prohibits athletes from earning any money from playing) but disruption is the fairest solution to this conundrum. Jordan Spieth claims an amateur is going to win a Major in the next decade. That money would trickle down all the way down and mean money for the guys who finish tied for 70th.
It just ain't right.