Tiger Woods on persimmon and balata

This quote is on the Louisville Golf website, promoting one of their persimmon drivers:

“Woods hits a bevy of persimmon-head drivers and fairway woods on the range at Isleworth, saying he loves the sound and feel and the smaller margin for error. ‘If I ruled golf? We’d be playing persimmon and balata,’ he says.” From: The year of living dangerously by By Jaime Diaz, Golf Digest

Well Mr. Woods actually does rule Golf (and a few other things). If the quote is true its easy. All he has to do announce a persimmon open at one of the many classic courses and pay the bill.