Measuring the backspin buzz


SAN DIEGO – The buzz over backspin reached a crescendo on Friday when word spread of Scott McCarron’s comments regarding the use of the old Ping Eye 2 wedges, which feature non-conforming U-grooves that have been grandfathered in because of a 1990s-era lawsuit between the Tour, U.S. Golf Association and Ping.

On Friday McCarron did nothing to quiet the issue saying, “I didn’t say Phil (Mickelson) was cheating, I said anyone who is using the clubs is cheating.”

For the record, according to the Darrell Survey four players have at least one of the Ping Eye 2s in play this week, with Mickelson leading the way tied for 10th place at 7 under. Chris Couch and Tim Herron are tied for 42nd and Mark Calcavecchia missed the cut.

With all due respect to McCarron, it’s hard to see much of a competitive advantage.