Saturday, October 22, 2005

Knowing the Rules

If you play in tournaments, it's clear that you must know the rules of golf. And, if you don't, then you should ask someone in your foursome what the rules require in your given situation.

Michelle Wie's disqualification is a sad outcome for her inaugural professional event. I'm more dismayed at the interference of the reporter and his timing of his concern with her drop on the day before. I believe Michelle when she says she thought she made a proper drop. Neither her nor her caddie was trying to cheat by dropping the ball a few inches closer to the pin.

No doubt that this event will make her more cautious when taking a drop in future tournaments. But, it certainly is worth considering whether outsiders of the tournament, i.e. fans watching on T.V., reporters, or the gallery, should have any say about the rules during a tournament. I opt that they shouldn't or, if there is concern, it should be voiced at the time of the ruling, not a hole later and certainly not a day later. But, if a player chooses to disqualify him- or herself for an infraction (like David Toms during the British Open), then that's permissible.

Play well and according to the rules of the game!

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dave said...

I agree with everything you said and I really liked the idea of a time limit on the thing when reported by an outsider. I also think the caddy should be the one helping her, where was the caddy on this one. 10% is big pay to just carry a bag.

Suzanne Woo said...

Her caddy, Greg Johnston, is an experienced caddy and used to carry for Juli Inkster. Michelle is ultimately responsible and unfortunately her caddy didn't catch the problem either. Just a sad ending for her debut as a professional.

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