Okay, you would have to possess a very good memory to know that I am vehemently opposed to the Tour allowing people on TV and in crowd to call in violations, since I haven't spoken about it much. I feel it is so inequitable and against the spirit of the game (self-policing), that it is a mockery of the sport to allow it. However, the Tour (and many of you) have obviously disagreed with my viewpoint.
But apparently Finchem is at least leaving the door open to that changing: http://espn.go.com/golf/story/_/id/9685802/tim-finchem-discusses-spectators-calling-infractions
There is more to the article, and I urge folks at least read it before chiming in. It isn't exhaustive nor does it thoroughly discuss all sides of the issue, but it points to the possibility that the Tour may reconsider it's stance. It should be noted, however, that if the Tour changed it's stance, it would be "against the rules of golf" which apparently state the following:
So, obviously this issue is bigger than simply the Tour making a decision. But I'm curious as to how the forum feels about this now. There was a thread created two years ago with a poll that resulted in 69% saying they do not think viewers should be able to call in rules violations. As we saw with the anchored putting stroke debate, as the method became more prevalent, opinions became stronger and in some cases changed. With media coverage always growing, and our consumption of the coverage expanding to mobile devices and the internet in general, there are more ways than ever to notice an infraction that the player may not have intentionally done, and would have gone unnoticed before, resulting in a random viewer/spectator calling it in. I wonder if anybody feels differently one way or the other than they have in the past on the matter?