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Two Golfers Reported To Be Out Swinging With 20-Year-Olds At Sony Open

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Gasp! Controversy on the Tour! Even without the presence of Tiger Woods at a PGA Tour event, rumors are circulating that two golfers – presumably in open marriages – have been seen out messing around with some 20-year-olds.

Okay, okay. I’ll fess up – the 20-year-olds I am alluding to are not sexy golfing groupie gals spicing up the sex lives of married PGA golfers. Too bad, because that would have made a far sexier story. But what if I told you the story involved John Daly? Would that count for something? It would? Super!

You see, the story goes that John Daly – along with  Dean Wilson – have eschewed their customary clubs and have resumed playing with some 20-year-old wedges they had laying around.

Daly is using Ping-Eye 2 wedges – pitching wedge, sand wedge and lob wedge – that he first used at the 1986 U.S. Open when he was a sophomore in college. He stopped using them shortly after winning the 1991 PGA Championship when he signed with a different company.

Dean Wilson also is using a Ping-Eye 2 wedge that he found in his garage. He’s had it since sometime in the 1980s.

The reason that the choice of Daly and Wilson to use old wedges is stirring up controversy stems from the fact that the wedges have square grooves and the PGA has instituted a rule this year that more v-shaped grooves are to be used. Clubs with square grooves create much more spin than their v-shaped counterparts.

Due to a technicality, the clubs Daly and Wilson are legal and are do not fall under the conditions of the new rule.

Even in this new era of grooves, the old Ping wedges remain legal because of a lawsuit Ping filed against the USGA over square grooves that was settled in 1990. Under the settlement, any Ping-Eye 2 made before April 1, 1990, remains approved under the Rules of Golf.

“That settlement still takes precedence” over the new regulation, said Dick Rugge, the USGA’s senior technical director.

Well played, gentlemen. Unfortunately for the other Tour pros who might like to use the old wedges, Ping cannot reproduce them – and even if the company could, a player still wouldn’t be allowed to use them. The clubs have to have been manufactured before 1990, so a player would have to find the clubs on eBay or at a garage sale.

So, if anyone out there has an old set of Pings gathering dust in your garage or basement, now would be a good time to polish them up and get them on an online auction site, because the gettin’ is about to get good.

My only wish is that the governing bodies of the professional tennis organizations institute some new rule so the players would feel compelled to go back to more traditional-styled racquets, because I am sick and tired of my scenes on Pawn Stars winding up on the cutting room floor after lugging these suckers into their shop. Jerks.

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2 players using 20-year-old wedges at Sony [Sporting News/AP]