CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Players began weighing in on the ruling that likely cost Webb Simpson his first PGA Tour title on Sunday at the Zurich Classic.
“The problem with the rule is you get greens like this that they get pretty bare, almost like this table top, wind's blowing, balls can wiggle and move so easily,” Simpson said on Sunday in New Orleans.
Simpson was penalized a stroke on Sunday at the Zurich Classic when his golf ball moved a half inch on the 15th green during his closing duel with Bubba Watson. The second-year Tour player finished 72 holes tied with Watson and lost the event on the second playoff hole.
On Tuesday at Quail Hollow Simpson’s frat brothers echoed his sentiments on Rule 18-2b.
“It’s a borderline rule,” Martin Kaymer said. “You haven’t done anything wrong. It’s tough and I hope it doesn’t affect him because he’s played great golf recently.”
Kaymer said he’s never been penalized for violating the rule, which the U.S. Golf Association confirmed on Monday was being reviewed, but Gary Woodland felt the sting of the capricious edict at last year’s U.S. Open.
“It was on the ledge, I looked up at the hole and when I looked down it had moved,” said Woodland of the penalty which occurred on the 13th hole during Round 1. “It was like this (a tap in). I mean it was really no good.”