Rory McIlroy has called for a faster version of golf in a bid to attract young players to the sport.
Sport England figures show that the number of 16-25-year-olds playing the game regularly almost halved between 2009-10 and 2012-13.

Isn't it amazing just how comfortable the governing body of golf (the R&A) still feel after losing 50% of young golfers in just a few years?

However, McIlroy goes on to say, "I don't think they need to alter tournament play formats, I think they work very well. It's the grass roots - definitely not at our level."

It can’t be working very well if young people are running to other sports as fast as you can say ‘Lewis Hamilton’. This sharp decline in young participation levels also coincides with a number of top professionals winning on tour as teenagers.

Golf Refugees suggest that its no good just changing the grass roots, the tours also have to change and adapt to our faster world. You've seen this in other sports who have brought in shorter, faster formats for professionals.

Sorry Rory you've got to change too. You cannot just carry on as you are and leave it to grass root golfers to change in order to keep young people playing golf.

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