Originally Posted by iacas
On the flip side, a fan can point out a rules option that SAVES a player strokes. I was at The Memorial near the fifth green when someone said "drop it on the other side" (of the lateral hazard) and the player did just that and chipped it close to save par when they'd have had a terrible angle otherwise.
My opinion is changing now, sort of. This story got me thinking of a time where me and a friend were watching the then Buick Invitational at Torrey Pines, and we were camped out behind the third green. Stewart Cink pulled his tee shot into the heavy rough left of the green and then he couldn't find it. My friend watched where it landed and was able to help redirect Cink to the right spot and he found his ball. (We were jokingly "bitter" that Cink didn't give us the ball after the hole was finished ;))
I had sort of rhetorically asked in a few previous posts why we can use fans and video to penalize a player but not help them. I couldn't think of any situations where it went the other way, so it seemed unfair against those guys who were on TV all of the time. Well, for some reason, none of you guys brought up Rory McIlroy at last year's PGA Championship. IIRC, he hit a tee shot into a tree (on Sunday, I think) that seemed to never come out, and was only able to find it after the announcers relayed the info to the on course reporter, who then told him to check in the tree.
So if we eliminate the ability to penalize the guys who are on TV more to keep it fair, then we also have to eliminate the ability to help them with TV as well ... otherwise they are now receiving an unfair advantage over the nobody's who aren't on TV. I don't think anybody would argue that Rory shouldn't have recevied assistance in that situation to help find his ball.
Still not a fan of after-the-fact call-ins, but certainly less worried about video replay, so to speak, after these revelations.