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If I'm DJ I hire an astrophysicist to prove that the position of the moon at the time of the putt was enough to move the ball on the stimp they set this tournament up for 

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Just some of my take: I was there Wednesday and yesterday, stood right next to Colin Montgomery for a little while by 9 green and he is A LOT less heavy in person than he appears on tv. It was od

My dad picked up me up at 9am this morning.  We wanted to wait until rush hour had died down.  Today, no parking pass.  So we parked at the Pittsburgh Mills mall and took the shuttle to Oakmont. I mea

Ok.  Credit where it's due.  I've gotta commend Fox on their camera work following Paulina walking with DJ to the scorer's tent...

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1 minute ago, ChrisP said:

USGA screwed up big time telling him they may or may not assess him. Can't leave it hanging like that. Now you're opening it up for backlash either way.

I blame DJ. Accept the penalty and play on.

He doesn't know the rule. Go figure.

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Maybe IACAS can answer this because I really don't know...

So what is Westwood's authority on this situation? If the officials are basically going to call DJ out and give him a pointless benefit of the doubt, yet still penalize him, then what is the point to ask your playing partner their take? Does it have no merit?

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5 minutes ago, Golfingdad said:

I said yesterday that I was loving Foxs coverage.  Today, however, they are spending too much time showing them at the desk and talking when there is freaking golf being played.

Fox sucks and you can tell they're pulling for DJ

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1 minute ago, Hazsa said:

Butch Harmon on Sky TV screaming out for someone from the USGA to come and explain exactly what the situation/ dispute is. He has a point, it might settle everyone down.

Well, someone from the USGA went to the FOX booth and did exactly that, Butch.  

1 minute ago, David in FL said:

Tend to agree.  I've been pleasantly surprised by the quality of their overall coverage, but just don't care for Joe Buck.  He just doesn't strike me as knowledgeable enough about golf...

Yes, it is an awful lot like his football coverage.

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Me too, but I'd put that aside for a reason to use the term "oscillate-gate."

Yeah.  The exception I had in mind was Watergate (it was at the "Watergate" hotel), but I've also liked the use of it for the thing a few years ago where the Chargers had a TE who owned a rental property and the fence's opening wasn't wide enough for a wheelchair to go through, in violation of ADA compliance.  Gates'-gate's-gait-gate was amusing. 

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1 minute ago, atb5079 said:

So what is Westwood's authority on this situation? If the officials are basically going to call DJ out and give him a pointless benefit of the doubt, yet still penalize him, then what is the point to ask your playing partner their take? Does it have no merit?

I'm not Erik, but I think I know this.  As a witness, they can take his statement, same as any other witness.  He had a better position to see it than anyone else that isn't a camera.

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3 minutes ago, iacas said:

I blame DJ. Accept the penalty and play on.

He doesn't know the rule. Go figure.

Yup.  The tweets tend to show how a lot of players don't have a good understanding of some of the rules.

As they say, if you're gonna play the game (especially at that level), you've gotta know the rules.

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2 minutes ago, BallStriker said:

I was telling a friend that the USGA seems incapable of pulling off a tournament without a sh&tstorm

They pull off several each year.

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A couple times, I've noticed that the ambient noise on the broadcast has dropped out, and the only audio that's coming through is the announcers. Very jarring to hear. 

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