Originally Posted by phan52
I am just a guy who plays golf and I don't do it for a living. And I can think of countless times I have gone to mark my ball and seen a spike mark in front of it and thought, damn, that thing is right in my line. But I never once just unconsciously did what Dyson did. I'm guessing he knew what he was doing.
Fair point ... I am usually the same way. You see a spike mark and the normal thought process is "That is a spike mark, and its in my line ... crap!" However, that is the exact reason why some of us are suggesting bran freeze. We find it hard to believe that anybody (a casual golfer like me who plays 25 times a year, one like you who plays 50-60 times a year, and especially a pro who plays hundreds of rounds a year, many on worldwide television) would consciously make a decision to tamp a spike mark so blatantly like that, so we think (maybe hope is now a better word) that it is due to brain freeze. As in, he's not thinking at all.
One example I can think of is a situation where late at night, probably due to exhaustion, I pull up to a green light and stop. Only after my wife says "Um, what are you doing, its green?" do I realize it. I wasn't thinking "Hey, this light is green, I should stop for no reason." I simply wasn't thinking at all. My mind was elsewhere. (Luckily I've never done the opposite ;))
Anyway, I'm curious as to why the other players seemed to, so quickly, jump to the conclusion that he's a cheater. I wonder if their review process will include interviews with other players, maybe even watching old video, to see if this isn't a one-time thing? Because, and maybe I'm being too nice here, it seems to me that DQ from the event is plently of punishment if it's the first time he's ever done anything like that. (Unless he were to admit that he did it consciously, of course)