After Further Review: Pettersen disagreement lingers


Each week, takes a look back at the week in golf. In this edition of After Further Review, our writers weigh in on the Suzann Pettersen Solheim Cup controversy that refuses to go away, the Tour Championship, where PGA Tour cards were handed out for next year and first impressions of the Presidents Cup.

What specifically did Suzann Pettersen do wrong in the way she handled the phantom concession at the 17th hole at the Solheim Cup? How exactly did she violate the spirit of the game without violating the Rules of Golf? It all remains unresolved. If what happened really mattered enough to create such furor, you would like to know definitively what Pettersen should have done differently. No right answer has emerged from all the debate. No consensus emerged. Reasonable people still disagree.

The debate over what happened on the 17th green pitted The Rules of Golf against the ethereal spirit of the game. Consider the hole halved in that regard. It's a shame, because it leaves you wondering what useful purpose all the vitriol served.

Given the furor created, they are obviously questions that matter. - Randall Mell

Like an annual tradition, the Tour Finals produced mostly heartache. Sure, some players earned a promotion to the PGA Tour, but those achievements were met more with relief than joy. Terms like “survival” were often thrown around, and Robert Garrigus likened this week’s season finale to playing the first hole of the Masters for four straight days.

There is pressure to win tournaments, pressure to earn exemptions – and then there is the pressure of playing for your job. Many players faced it this week, and few did so successfully. Putts were missed, chips were flubbed, and approaches often found the water instead of the green.

For every Rob Oppenheim, who earned his card by the narrowest of margins, there are several players left on the outside looking in, earning only a wintry offseason to try to figure out where it all went wrong.

In a world without Q-School, this event represents the purest crucible in professional golf. It’s not for the faint of heart, but don’t expect anything different next year. – Will Gray 

The streets are lined with signs announcing, “The time has come” and there was a buzz early Monday morning in the Songdo district of Incheon City as the Presidents Cup matches inched closer to becoming a reality.

The time difference will make it difficult to follow the action back in the United States and travelling halfway around the globe after a grueling playoff stretch is likely not what the game’s stars want right now. But after years of too little travelling – this will mark just the fourth time in 11 matches the event has been played outside of North America – it’s what’s best for the game and the matches. - Rex Hoggard