6. No carts at Pebble Beach: One of the biggest crimes in golf was building cart paths on Pebble Beach, one of the most glorious pieces of real estate on the planet. Ever seen an overhead view of Pebble? The cart paths look like scars. So I'm sending jackhammers out to Pebble tomorrow to take them out. There will be no carts at Pebble Beach, only caddies. You need a cart? The 1st tee is open at Poppy Hills, thank you.
7. Scoring changes: Scoring conditions on the PGA Tour are simply too good. Let's put excitement and local knowledge back into the game. Each bunker on a tour course will have a different kind of sand with different consistency. No two will be the same. The greens will be mowed at various heights. The 4th green may be like molasses, the 7th slicker than diamond. And fairways are mowed too close, the lies are too perfect. Raise the mower blades, cut down on the amount of roll and let's see which players can adjust the best and who can really play.
8. Merge LPGA and Champions Tours once a year: While the LPGA Tour has never been more watchable, thanks to an influx of appealing young stars such as Michelle Wie, Morgan Pressel, Paula Creamer, Natalie Gulbis and Lorena Ochoa, the Champions Tour is struggling to find an audience. Neither tour gets the kind of television exposure it would like, or deserves. So let's merge one tournament a year and let the ladies and the seniors play together from the same tees. Invite 60 players from each tour. It would have instant appeal as a battle-of-the-sexes event and it would be a great showcase. Let's face it, can you even name a Champions Tour event other than one of its majors? Probably not. Would anybody want to follow the Nancy Lopez-Arnold Palmer-Lee Trevino pairing? I thought so.
9. Change pension requirements: The PGA Tour's pension plan is way too top-heavy and way too performance-based. The more you win on tour, the bigger your pension. Funny thing is, the more you win, the less you need a pension. Like Tiger Woods needs a pension. Meanwhile, the players on the Nationwide Tour, a tour founded by the PGA Tour as a developmental tour, have no access to the pension plan. So here's the change. Anybody who passes the $10 million mark in career earnings is bounced out of the pension plan, on the premise that they no longer need it. That money is recycled back into the overall pension fund and shared by those who are more needy.
10. The Bib Rule will be in effect for all golfers at every course: Each group is handed a baby's bib on the 1st tee. The first member of the group who whines, complains or moans about a bad shot, the rough, the speed of the greens, his back -- whatever -- must put on the bib. That golfer wears the bib until the next person complains about something. Then the bib is transferred to the latest whiner. The bib is especially effective on golf vacations, but the concept is so good we should all use it. The idea is to have fun.