Re: 2013 Golf Season Thread
The fact that this is such a polarizing issue is just more evidence of how golf needs to overhaul it's rules entirely. Seriously, does anyone think that something like this should disqualify someone from a tournament? If it were not Tiger, and just some random golfer in a random tournament, would so many be thinking that the player should definitely be DQ'ed? I doubt it.
You can argue that based on the rules and how things have played out in the past, that he should have been DQ'ed. I don't agree, but I can see it. But if we were just looking at the sport and trying to decide what is reasonable and what isn't without regard for how the rules were originally written, would anyone look at a scenario like this and think a rule needs to be written to make sure that this scenario would take someone from in contention to win a big tournament to completely disqualified? That just seems asinine to me.
One thing that some are missing is that the rules officials looked at video of Tiger's drop when he was playing the 18th hole. They concluded that it was a legal drop. It wasn't until his comments that they decided it wasn't legal. Hunter Mahan commented that he didn't think Tiger should be DQ'ed because no rules officials questioned the drop before he had a chance to sign his scorecard. I don't think it's fair that a simple comment made in an interview resulted in 2 strokes being added to his score. This whole thing is just dumb, IMO.
So the rules officials looked at the drop without any noise from the outside and had no problem with it. Now all of a sudden it's an outrage that he's playing at all, even though 2 strokes in that situation is an incredibly severe penalty for something where no advantage was gained? This makes no sense to me.
Honestly, how close does it have to be to be considered "as close as possible". Is it 6 inches, a foot, a yard, etc....? I think one could argue that 2 yards falls within the parameters of the rule and that in his mind that was as close as possible. No other sport would even be having this conversation. The fact that it's causing this much outrage is not a great reflection on the sport, IMO.
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