Zurich Classic of New Orleans

Change could be windfall

The wind has been known to whip rather fiercely around golf's ancestral home, as anyone who saw Round 2 of last year's British Open can attest.

As mist gave way to bright sunshine at St. Andrews, play was shut down for more than an hour when 35 mph gusts off the North Sea began pushing balls around the greens.

That said, one has to wonder about the Machiavellian thought process that led some 19th Century rules-maker to penalize an ill gust.

If the wind moves your ball while you're standing over it, it's a stroke.

"There is no way in the world that a player can put his putter behind the ball and cause a ball to move without touching the ball," said Webb...