Is playing the Ping Eye 2 wedge cheating

By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 30, 2010, 8:18 pm
Scott McCarron accused anyone - a small group of players which includes Phil Mickelson - using the Pinge Eye 2 wedge, which has approved square grooves, of cheating? Is he right? In this edition of Punch Shots, GolfChannel.com senior writers Rex Hoggard and Randall Mell weigh in with their opinions.

By REX HOGGARD

SAN DIEGO – Phil Mickelson picked a bad time to make a political statement and he and the others playing the non-conforming-but-legal Ping Eye 2 wedges may be a little too NASCAR for a sport built on self-policing, but they are not cheating contrary to what Scott McCarron or anyone else thinks.

Paul Goydos, the sage of the short grass, said it best: “If you have a beef with the rule you should take it up with the Tour’s lawyers, not a player. That’s like saying I don’t like the speed limit at 55 mph and instead drive 80 (mph). You can’t do that.”

Golf is filled with rules that stretch the imagination and blur the boundaries of commonsense. European Tour official John Paramor wasn’t trying to ruin a special Sunday last year when he put Padraig Harrington on the clock at the Bridgestone Invitational, just as Tiger Woods wasn’t attempting to get away with one in 1999 when he had fans move half a mountain under the “loose impediment” rule at the Phoenix Open.

The Tour may deserve a two-shot penalty for its handling of this, but not Mickelson or any of the others who are simply following the rules.
By RANDALL MELL

Phil Mickelson isn’t cheating; he’s being clever.

It’s wrong anyway.

The square or U grooves on the Ping Eye 2 wedge he put into play at the Farmers Insurance Open are approved for play, but they don’t meet the U.S. Golf Association’s new standards for groove configuration. Mickelson is wrong to deliberately circumvent the intent of the new rules. He’s doing so within his rights based on the loophole created when a court settlement grandfathered the square grooves on these Ping Eye 2 irons into the rules.

Basically, what Lefty’s doing is making a mockery of the Rules of Golf. But he’s doing it intentionally. I think he sees this as an act of defiance for the ultimate betterment of the game. I think he’s convinced the USGA is to blame for making a mockery of the rules with a poorly conceived standard. Mickelson isn’t happy with the USGA, and he’s sending a message. He isn’t happy that the grooves on a Callaway wedge he submitted were not approved, though he says they are conforming. In Lefty’s mind, he’s exposing the injustice of a poorly written rule. But the manipulation at the expense of fellow competitors feels wrong.
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Angela hits Sergio in stride on field at Superdome

By Grill Room TeamDecember 18, 2017, 3:22 pm

Sergio and Angela Garcia's super 2017 keeps getting more ... Super ... Dome. (+1 awful blog lede.)

The couple started the year with Sergio's win at the Masters, then embarked on a whirlwind green jacket media tour, then kicked off El Clasico, then attended Wimbledon, then got married, then announced they were expecting their first child ...


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And now, they're throwing each other passes on the New Orleans Saints' home turf at the Superdome.

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Newsmaker of the Year: No. 1, Justin Thomas

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 18, 2017, 1:00 pm

He won a major, captured the FedExCup and was named the PGA Tour’s Player of the Year. It should come as no surprise that Justin Thomas holds the top spot on our Newsmakers list for 2017.

Thomas entered the year ranked outside the top 20, and few might have pegged him for a transcendent campaign. But he kicked off January with a win in Hawaii, added another before leaving the Aloha State and never looked back.

Thomas’ seminal moment came in August when he captured the PGA Championship at Quail Hollow for his breakthrough major title. One month after greeting Jordan Spieth behind the final green at Royal Birkdale, this time it was Thomas’ turn to have friends stick around to snap pictures with the trophy that signaled his arrival among golf’s upper echelon.


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In addition to racking up the hardware – five in total, including the inaugural CJ Cup at Nine Bridges in his first start of the new wraparound season – Thomas dazzled with style. His runaway win at the Sony Open included an opening-round 59, and his third-round 63 at Erin Hills marked the first time anyone had ever shot 9 under on a U.S. Open venue.

Thomas’ consistency was rewarded at East Lake, when a runner-up finish at the Tour Championship netted him the season-long title and $10 million prize. It was in the subsequent press conference where he shared the goals list he had written into his cell phone in February, having ticked off nearly every one. It showed a dedicated attention to detail as well the tactical approach with which Thomas had steered his rapid ascent.

Heading into a new year, he’s now very clearly entrenched as one of the world’s best. And as his career progresses, it’s likely we’ll look back at 2017 as the point where Thomas first transformed great potential into eye-popping results.

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Cabreras win PNC Father/Son Challenge

By Associated PressDecember 17, 2017, 11:36 pm

ORLANDO, Fla. - Angel Cabrera and Angel Cabrera Jr. closed with a 12-under 60 for a three-shot victory in their debut at the PNC Father/Son Challenge.

The Cabreras opened with a 59 at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club and were challenged briefly by the defending champions, David Duval and Nick Karavites, in the scramble format Sunday. The Argentines went out in 30, and they had a two-shot lead with Cabrera's son came within an inch of chipping in for eagle on the final hole.

They finished at 25-under 199 for a three-shot victory over Duval and Karavites, and Bernhard Langer and Jason Langer. The Langer team won in 2014.

Mark O'Meara and Shaun O'Meara tied for fourth at 21 under with Jerry Pate and Wesley Pate.

Cabrera wasn't even in the field until two-time U.S. Open champion Curtis Strange and his son, Tom Strange, had to withdraw.

Duval and his stepson went out in 28, but the Cabreras regained control by starting the back nine with back-to-back birdies, and then making birdies on the 13th, 14th and 16th. The final birdie allowed them to tie the tournament scoring record.

''This is certain my best week of the year,'' said Cabrera, the 2009 Masters champion and 2007 U.S. Open champion at Oakmont. ''To play alongside all the legends ... as well as playing alongside my son, has been the greatest week of the year.''

The popular event is for players who have won a major championship or The Players Championship. It is a scramble format both days.

In some cases, the major champions lean on the power of their sons for the distance. O'Meara said Saturday that his ''little man'' hit it 58 yards by him on the 18th. And on Sunday, Stewart Cink said son Reagan told him after outdriving him on the opening four holes, ''In this tournament I may be your son, but right now I'm your Daddy!''

Jack Nicklaus played with his grandson, G.T. They closed with a 64 and tied for 15th in the field of 20 teams.