Morgan Pressel was slow on the hole in question and had been given warnings.
Clearly her actions reflected a :they won't penalize me as this is too big a stage
for that , being the semi final...attitude. I infact thing she probably didn't really think
about it at all.
Regardless of her delays, the importance of the moment and the fact that
there were no real other groups who were impacted that much make
it seem somewhat surprising that they chose THAT MOMENT to enforce
a slow play rule.
Clearly it impacted the outcome. I dont think anyone (except those sticklers for the rules at any price) can feel wonderful about the application of this rule in this situation.
I noted how Charlie Rymer, a stick in the mud kind of guy when it comes to this, really
jumped on the bandwagon of support for the establishment LPGA policy. I wonder
if he would have been so inclined when Tiger was given all those breaks earlier in his career
(like hitting a ball into the parking lot and not being called for OB , or, in Tucson I think,
when he allowed the crowd to move a huge boulder ...under the pretext of the
allowability of moving a pebble or small rock...and no one, except old Ken Venturi, still in the booth, realized how inauthentic it was to allow this...)
It would be interesting to know just how many other times this rule has been
applied, and, particularly, when it was applied with such an important match
or stroke situation on the line. I would guess not much and not recently.
Anyone know that info? Too bad for both golfers, as Munoz, a fine young talent,
will always have her first win ...this one...tainted as a result.