Quick show of hands from our esteemed readership.
- Do you take gimmes way outside the leather of your putter?
- Are breakfast balls simply an unspoken understanding amongst friends?
- Do mulligans flow like PBRs at a Bayou wedding?
Slugger White & Mark Russell are likely groaning and rolling their eyes as they recline further into their chairs.
Who you may ask? This tandem is only the longest-tenured set of rules officials on the PGA Tour.
- Sam Snead still played Tour events when these two started
- European Tour veterans John Paramour and Andy McFee also retired last year
- 160 years of collective rules officiating experience has just left the game
Just a quick visual to paint a picture for those who only tune in to watch professionals obliterate golf courses.
Slugger White - he looks like the gentleman you’d hire to operate the fan boat on a tour of the Florida Everglades:
- Played 73 PGA Tour events from 1976-81, best finish T-4 at 1976 Texas Open
- Started as a tour official in January 1982
Mark Russell - he looks like the gregarious fellow that convinced you to go on said fan boat tour after overindulging on bottomless Bloody Mary’s.
- Played golf at Elon University, worked as the Director of Golf at Disney World
- Started with the PGA Tour in 1980
Rules officials have stressful jobs; telling petulant professionals looking for any advantage that they are in the wrong.
Guys like Slugger and Mark always lead off with questions like “How can I help?’. Well, gentlemen, after a lifetime of wiping tour pro’s asses and solving problems, you can help by helping yourselves to a mint julep and relaxing on your Barcalounger watching some golf on TV.
You now get to live a life where perhaps the rules can be bent a bit to satisfy your leanings, and nobody would blame either of you a bit.