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the boondocks—saying “I’m 6-foot-2, I’m 50 pounds over weight, my children are all over weight and I am ashamed when I see you at nearly 80, lean and mean. I am now going to go on a diet. I am going to teach my children to exercise and eat properly.” These are the kinds of messages that we got and after all, that’s the message that I am trying to get through. It is a tragedy because not many people worry about health and exercise, but at least I am trying. •••

What is the future of golf? You are going to see a mas- sive change in golf. I keep telling the USGA and R&A this—they don’t seem to grasp it—you can have people like LeBron James, Michael Jordan and Shaq O’Neal coming into golf, and we have never had anybody like that. We’ve never had big men play golf—so they are all going to be hitting the ball 400 yards or more. All golf courses are going to be obsolete, and we are going to have to make massive changes. Imagine telling a man like LeBron James he has got to use a 48-inch shaft. It would be like a toothpick in his hands. They are going to be at the

second hole of Augusta, and they are going to be hitting a driver and a wedge. There are people in the world today that can hit a driver and a wedge at the second hole of Augusta. At the Masters this year, two players hit a 9-iron to the 13th. They are not big guys, so we are going to have to slow the ball down. What are they waiting for?

The ball is ruining the number of rounds of golf that are tak- ing place in the world. Profes- sional golf has never been so healthy, but rounds are down because everybody is making their golf course longer now. There’s more undulation

in greens, more bunkers in front of the greens, just making the course tough—and the members have had enough

of it. They don’t want to play that way anymore. The women don’t want to do it—they want to enjoy their golf. We are go- ing the wrong way. ••• You have continued to be an ambassador to the game of golf. How essential is it for professional golfers to connect with their fans? It is important to have manners and be good losers, as well as good winners, and to remember that the amateur is the heart of the game. It is because of the ama- teur that we play for this big prize money. We have to have more respect and give more time to people in the gallery. And that is where Phil Mick- elson is a star. People probably should take a page out of Phil Mickelson’s book. ••• You have designed more than 300 courses throughout the world. What is your design philosophy? My philosophy is to forget about building golf courses where there are going to be tournaments; that is not really going to happen. You might be fortunate to have one or two where that happens, but generally you have got to build golf courses for members—

little white ball that the USGA and R&A are not cutting back. •••

Do you have a tip for amateur golfers? The best tip for amateur golfers is to learn to play golf by transferring their weight onto their right side and then retransferring weight onto their left side. Very few amateur golfers transfer their weight onto their left side at the start of the down swing. •••

What would be your dream foursome? Lee Kuan Yew, who was the first Prime Minister of the Republic of Singapore, is the greatest living statesman in the world today. My other two players would be Winston Churchill and Nelson Mandela. ••• You are involved with the IGATE CEO Cup at Pinehurst. Why do you support it? I participated in 2013 at Saw- grass, and it was one of the most fascinating weeks in my golf career. You had all these CEOs, playing for $100,000. These people deal in billions in their companies, and they were choking over a 3-foot putt like a hound dog. Now all of a sudden, they had to hole a putt

It is because of the amateur that we play for this big prize money. We have to have more respect and give more time to people in the gallery. –GARY PLAYER

wider fairways, and not long. The longer the golf course, the more water you use, and we are running out of water. America is going to buy

water from Canada in time in certain states. We are running out of water by the year 2025. The world will be short of 20% of water. The minute you build long golf courses, there is more machinery, more water, more fertilizer, more labor—it just goes on and on. The price is so high that members are then levied, and they hate that, and so they are not playing as much golf as they used to. It is very simple. And it happened because of a small

for a $40,000 first prize. That hole looks the size of a Bayer Aspirin. It was really fascinat- ing to see this. The IGATE Cup will be

played in 2014 on March 21- 22 at Pinehurst, which is where they are going to have the U.S. Open and the U.S. Women’s Open. It’s a great opportunity for CEOs to play the course for a great cause, which is charity. When they win this prize money, they can choose a charity of their own to donate the winnings. So charity is the big winner, as it is on the U.S. Tour. Learn more at www.igate- WINTER 2014 / NCGA.ORG / 47

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