After Further Review: Controversy will follow Pettersen


Each week, takes a look back at the week in golf. In this edition of After Further Review, our writers weigh in on controversy at the Solheim Cup, the new world No. 1 and whether or not there's a legitimate debate over who deserves the title of PGA Tour Player of the Year.

There was the great concession at the 1969 Ryder Cup at Royal Birkdale, when Jack Nicklaus famously conceded a 2-foot putt to Tony Jacklin on the 18th hole, ending the competition in a draw. Nicklaus was lauded for his sportsmanship.

Now there’s the great anti-concession from Sunday’s Solheim Cup, with Europe’s Suzann Pettersen being criticized for failing to step in and rectify an incident at the 17th green at St. Leon-Rot, where American Alison Lee scooped up her ball, thinking she heard her 18-inch putt to halve the hole was conceded. Lee was in tears losing a vital hole that way.

Pettersen will be remembered for her part in that just as Nicklaus is, but not as kindly. - Randall Mell

Say what you will about the Official World Golf Ranking and the math that gave us a change atop the ratings when one player (Jordan Spieth) missed the cut and another (Rory McIlroy) watched a tournament from home, but there is no debating Jason Day’s status atop the world order.

Day won the BMW Championship on Sunday by a half dozen shots for his fourth victory in his last six starts, a run that included his first major championship and two playoff triumphs.

The ranking doesn’t always get it right, but in this case, few will question the math. - Rex Hoggard

It doesn’t seem possible. Somehow, Jordan Spieth could not win Player of the Year, even after becoming the youngest player since 1922 to win multiple majors. But if Jason Day can continue this torrid pace and win next week’s Tour Championship, don’t be surprised if he’s able to steal a few votes.

The seasoned players likely will compare the major haul (2-1) and vote for Spieth. The younger crowd likely will compare the number of total victories (6-4, if Day wins at East Lake) and vote for Day. The vote here would still be for Spieth, who owns the edge in total major performance and scoring average.

But it’s a testament to the quality of golf we’ve seen this season that we’re even having a discussion. – Ryan Lavner