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Finchem also sounded a warning that the tour reserves the right to make its own rules for its players, and that the USGA pledged “open and effective communication” on any future discussions on the rules.

“It is not inconceivable that there may come a time in the future when the policy board determines that a rule adopted by the USGA, including in the area of equipment, may not be in the best interests of the PGA Tour, and that a local rule eliminating or modifying such a USGA rule may be appropriate,” he said.