Originally Posted by iacas
Hooter, or anyone else who is against anyone pointing out penalties, I have but one simple question to ask you:
Why does it matter WHO sees the infraction if an infraction occurs?
Other sports aren't self-officiated. When that fails… then what?
When you ask the question like this, the answer is obvious ... it doesn't matter who sees it. The only problem with this line of thinking, though, is that it's not equitable. Yes, it's good to have the penalty called on Tiger when Tiger deserves it, no matter who makes the call, but if it's not called equally on everybody, then, well, that isn't really fair, is it? What I mean by that is simply that Tiger, and to almost the same extent, Rory, Phil, and a handful of others are under a microscope, with virtually every shot of theirs on television. Ken Duke? Not so much.
If this exact same scenario played out Friday with 30, 40 or maybe even 50 or more of the other players who are barely shown on TV then nobody would bat an eye (because nobody would have seen it). They would have "gotten away with it" so to speak. So I don't really see it as "protecting the field" when there are only 15-20, maybe 25% of the guys in the tournament who the field is being protected from.
I know it's a little bit of a silly analogy but ... Imagine if they played a tournament where for whatever reason they had no TV coverage. Let's just say that the tournament got rained out and pushed back a day to Monday and the network had to pack up and move on to get ready for the big major the next week. So in the morning they have a players meeting and they inform them that there are no TV cameras, and that there are 6 rules officials on site. But instead of having them scattered throughout the course like normal, they are each going to only follow one of the marquee players for the entire round, watch them like a hawk, and make sure they don't screw up. The rest of the field is on the honor system.
Anyways, that said, I'm not really against it per se, but I can appreciate the view of those that are.