Saturday, January 30, 2010

Little girls on the PGA Tour?

I didn't know that the PGA had allowed little girls to join its ranks. But apparently after listening to Scott McCarron accuse Phil Mickelson of cheating, it made me think of a whiny little baby.

I'm sure everyone has heard the controversy. The USGA banned square-grooved clubs at the beginning of the season, but a few golfers found a loophole in the rule change that allows them to use vintage Ping Eye 2 wedges because of a lawsuit filed decades ago.

But that didn't stop McCarron, who finished in the Top 10 just three times last year, from blasting Mickelson for using square-grooved clubs at this weekend's Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines.

“It’s cheating, and I’m appalled Phil has put it in play,” McCarron told The San Francisco Chronicle.

Come on, Scott. Are you sure that this has more to do with the fact that you missed the cut and Mickelson is tied for 10th at the start of today's third round? You didn't call John Daly a cheater. You didn't call Hunter Mahan a cheater. Or Brad Adamonis. Those guys reportedly also used the old Ping wedges. Could it be because Daly and Adamonis both missed the cut too, and Mahan is barely in the Top 40 in the tournament?

Mickelson has a target on his back. He's possibly the heir-apparent to the No. 1 spot in golf with Tiger Woods' return to competition up in the air. No offense to Steve Stricker. So, it should come as no surprise that Lefty will be scrutinized significantly this season. But to accuse the man of cheating because he's using clubs that are legal in the eyes of the governing body is unfair.

McCarron said that Mickelson is violating the "spirit of the rules." Whatever. If all we had to go on was the spirit of the rules, we wouldn't need any real rules. The USGA has a set of guidelines that golfers must follow to compete fairly. One of those guidelines allows the use of the Ping Eye 2 clubs. I agree with Mickelson. How are you supposed to interpret the spirit of the rules when you have actual rules in place?

“It’s not my job or the job of any of the players to try to interpret the spirit of the rule or the intent," Mickelson said. "I understand approved or not approved. I didn’t make this rule. I don’t agree with the rule, but I’m abiding by it.”

And I don't know if the club made that much difference. Mickelson isn't leading the tournament. Others who have used the Pings didn't make the cut.

Scott McCarron should keep his mouth shut about what other golfers are doing and worry about his own game. Or maybe he should pick up an old Ping wedge for his next start. Either that, or just wear a dress for his next tee time.

Whiny little girl.

1 comment:

  1. Outstanding post, Eric. It made me laugh out loud repeatedly. I couldn't agree with you more, and apparently Phil's lawyers will be letting the whiner know just how wrong his slanderous comments were. A guy throwing spitters or juicing or corking his bat or improving the lie for his Titelist is a cheater. A guy reading the rules as written, then abiding by them would seem to be smart.