Punchbowl mentality


On Wednesday Phil Mickelson railed against the regulation that disqualified Jim Furyk from The Barclays for missing his pro-am tee time.

“The rule itself applies to only half the field,” Mickelson reasoned. “So if you're going to have a rule that does not apply to everybody, because not everybody played the pro-am, you cannot have it affect the competition.”

Lost in Lefty’s logic is the truth that pro golf is filled with double standards. Juli Inkster was flagged by a viewer for using a weight on her club to stay loose last week at the Safeway Classic, while another player toiling in obscurity about to miss the cut could have done the exact same thing and played on blissfully.

Point is, as a top player in contention there is a different reality within the punchbowl and no one knows that better than Tiger Woods. On Friday at Ridgewood Country Club’s second hole one of a dozen or so photographers trailing the world No. 1 snapped a picture in Woods’ downswing, he flinched and made bogey at the par 3.

“Luckily I flinched, I went back on it and threw the club down at the same time to hopefully make contact,” Woods said. “Luckily I didn't fat it or blade it . . . timed it well.”