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SAN DIEGO – Forgive the folks in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., if this all sounds a bit heavy handed, but when players start throwing around the “c” word (cheat) it tends to make those in power sit up and take notice.

On Saturday the Tour tried to quiet the storm started by Scott McCarron’s comments regarding players using legal-but-non-conforming Ping wedges.

“Because the use of pre-1990 Ping Eye 2 irons is permitted for play, public comments or criticisms characterizing their use as a violation of the Rules of Golf as promulgated by the USGA are inappropriate at best,” the statement read, also noting commissioner Tim Finchem is scheduled to meet with players and the media next Tuesday at the Northern Trust Open in Los Angeles.

That should clear everything up.