Forsman also worries that going back on Tour as a non-exempt player could put him on the wrong track "I've seen the sorrowful side of the veteran who could play in his day but hung on and hung on until his family left him and his friends left him," Forsman says. "All of sudden he's sneaking beers out the side door and getting bombed in his car, saying, 'Remember how good I was?' Then I think of the other day, when I called Lennie Clements, who left the Tour a year ago. He told me, 'I never thought I could be so happy.'
"Right now, that's kind of where I am—a lot happier away from the game. Where I go with that, I'm not sure."
Driving for Show, Not for Dough
Considering the furor caused last month by Callaway's introduction of the ERC II, a driver whose design had been banned by the USGA but not by the R&A, little attention was paid to who was using it or how well it performed at the American Express Championship. Only four of the 53 players used the ERC II or its predecessor, the original ERC. Similar results occurred at the British Open, at which 12 of 155 players used the original ERC.
One possible reason that the ERC wasn't more popular at the AmEx or the British was that extra distance was not a high priority at either site. Even longer courses on the European tour, though, haven't inspired additional players to put ERCs into their bags. ERC usage on the Euro tour has hovered between five and 10 players a week since July. Pierre Fulke is the only player to have won in Europe with an ERC, earning victories at the Scottish PGA and the Volvo Masters.
The USGA, which governs the game in Mexico and the U.S., banned both ERCs after the club exceeded the association's test for springlike effect. The R&A has ruled that the clubs are conforming, making them legal for competitions in the rest of the world. "Our view remains that springlike effect is not having any material effect on distance," says R&A secretary Peter Dawson. "We remain comfortable with our decision, although it is a great shame that we differ with the USGA on this relatively minor point."
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