Monday, October 17, 2005

Wie Did The Right Thing

Michelle Wie was disqualified from her pro debut because she signed an incorrect scorecard that was the result of not properly dropping her golf ball after taking an unplayable lie from a bush. A reporter from SI saw her take the drop and thought it might have been dropped closer to the hole then was allowed. After the tournament officials asked Wie to show them what she had done. They determined by using a string of all things, that she did in deed drop "12 - 15 inches closer" to the hole then was allowed. Now get this - she should have assesed herself a two stroke penalty and since she didn't and signed her scorecard with an incorrect score it made it officially wrong and therefore was grounds for a DQ. Whew! Got all that.

Here's the point I want to make about all this crap. This is the kind of nonsense that helps make these pro tournaments six and seven hours long. Now, in the future, Michelle and other golfers will be too scared of making rulings on their own and will automatically call for a rules official to make the call for them. Rules Officials are like cops, they're never around when you need them. After waiting fifteen minutes they might show up. This makes every group behind them have to wait. You play that same scenario out over 5 or 6 times during the round and you just added an hour to the round.

The USGA should not allow spectators and viewers to point out rule infractions. It should be left to the players to police themselves and officials to keep an eye on play as it's happening.
This would give the players more confidence in making their own rules decisions and keep the game moving.

That's my two cents.

Golf Times


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