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  1. 2018 Masters Tournament Discussion Topic

    That was a really cool exchange, I thought. CBS went to commercial and I switched over to the featured group channel just in time to catch that. When CBS came back from the ad break, they of course showed the shot but did not give viewers the discussion (I would have thought that they would have shown it). I wouldn't be surprised to find out that Greller dies that sort of thing quite often.
  2. 2018 Masters Tournament Discussion Topic

    Ok, I'll try to adequately explain. There were quite a few posts about Reed and his family issues. My post was an attempt to say that those issues are private and should be of little to no concern of golf fans. My original post stated: "His issues during his college career, however, are issues that are pertinent to the general golf public." To more accurately state what I was originally trying to say, I suppose it would have been more to the point to say: "His issues during his college career, if they are in fact true, are issues that could be more pertinent to the general golf public." Being self-critical, the last sentence in that paragraph does seem to be an indictment of Reed (something that I honestly didn't intend because I have no knowledge of the truthfulness of the allegations): "Hopefully, he has matured and grown into an adult that now understands the error of his ways." It would have been better stated had I posted: "Hopefully, if the allegations from college are indeed factual, hopefully he has matured and grown into an adult that now understands the error of his ways." Going back and re-reading my first post, I can see that my response was more critical of Patrick Reed than I intended. To that, I plead guilty. I am ambivalent toward DJ as far as being a fan. That comment was not meant to address his personal life.
  3. 2018 Masters Tournament Discussion Topic

    You don't know why I brought them up, yet you accuse me of thinking that they are true. My original post was in response to the earlier posts about his family issues. Name-calling is a sign of weakness, imo. But that's OK. If you go back to my original post (#1573), I readily acknowledge that Reed has game. I will agree that we don't agree, on a lot of things I guess.
  4. 2018 Masters Tournament Discussion Topic

    You put words in my mouth all over this post. To be precise, I never stated that he was on my "inexcusable list", as you put it. I simply stated that I think that those two things are inexcusable. I never specifically indicated that I was completely convinced that he was guilty of those accusations. I clearly have stated that I was not a fan of Reed even before I knew of these allegations. I also have never used the term "hate". I play golf with people who I know cheat. I do not hate them, in fact some of them are friends. I just don't hold them in the same regard as someone who is honest. I'll readily admit that it is possible that the allegations are unfounded. That is possible. It is also possible that they are true. As for forgiveness, he doesn't need mine - and probably doesn't desire it.
  5. 2018 Masters Tournament Discussion Topic

    I am far from a saint. Your label, not mine. You have never questioned anyone for alleged bad behavior? If not, you would probably qualify as more a saint than I. I do not know if he is guilty. You do not know that he is innocent. I think the fact that neither of his coaches stood up for him is to some degree very damning. Maybe that makes me a bad person in your eyes and others also, but it is honestly my opinion. And to be precise, I never stated that he was on my "inexcusable list", as you put it. I simply stated that I think that those two things are inexcusable. I never specifically indicated that I was completely convinced that he was guilty of those accusations. There are people who cheat and steal. I hope that he is not, and never has been one of those people. Those are two things that cannot be excused as simply the stupid actions of a college-aged individual - those are two things that you just do not do. Have a great day.
  6. 2018 Masters Tournament Discussion Topic

    That's fine. If we all thought exactly the same it would be a boring world. I do not dislike Patrick Reed, I am just not really a fan. I never have been, and to be honest I had no reason not to be a fan when he first came to the tour - its just one of those things where we are drawn to certain individuals and not to others. The college issues, if in fact true, are troubling to me. Honor and integrity are very important qualities. I have no direct knowledge of Reed's exploits at UGA but there appears to have very possibly been some degree of dishonest behavior. There are at least enough reported accusations to bring his integrity into question. Again, I'm not a Reed-hater. I'm just not a fan. As for DJ, I'm kind of ambivalent. I think that his personal life, just as with anyone else, is his own business. How other people perceive you is, however, influenced by those actions. He must accept that criticism, as must we all.
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    On the pertinence issue, we will have to disagree. While I know that young people do a lot of stupid things (I include myself in that list), there are some things that are not excusable because he was "just a college kid". There are some things that you don't do - at any age.
  9. 2018 Masters Tournament Discussion Topic

    The issue of Reed and his family is a private matter, as far as I'm concerned. While it may show an aspect of his character (we don't know all of the elements involved in this, and we shouldn't), it isn't something that I think the general public needs to know about. **It seems that his mother, father, and sister disagree since they spoke to journalists. His issues during his college career, however, are issues that are pertinent to the general golf public. Hopefully, he has matured and grown into an adult that now understands the error of his ways. He sure can play the game.
  10. New Rules for Video Call-Ins

    I completely agree with this. DQ would have been the appropriate penalty if this was obvious. Here, I cannot agree. It is the player's responsibility to replace correctly, something that Lexi clearly did not do in this case.
  11. New Rules for Video Call-Ins

    So, you think she cheated but you don't think that she deserved the additional two strokes for cheating? Wow! Where is the logic in that? *Edit: I am not proposing that Lexi cheated. You did in your post, however. Responding to some of these posts in support of the new ruling, I'm feeling sort of like a billy goat.
  12. New Rules for Video Call-Ins

    To be blunt, this is all in response to events on the professional tours over the past several years. The ruling bodies have seen fit to change the rules for everyone in response to public outcry over the perceived injustices done to Lexi, DJ, and others. The scorecard penalty change was brought about, in my view, based almost solely on the Lexi Thompson situation. They have done this under the auspice of fairness. What they have done, however, it to pollute the system in favor of players who do not deserve to be protected - players who knew, or should have known, that their actions were violations. They have chosen to protect players who are either dishonest, ignorant, or both. Even worse, in my opinion, some of the rule changes affect not only those "poor, innocent" professionals but all golfers who compete in tournaments from the local level all the way to the international level. I can live with the call-in ruling as it really only affects the professional tours, except for a very few rare cases such as the US Amateur. So that I'm not misunderstood, I don't agree with ever ignoring a known violation - regardless of how it is discovered - but it will not affect 99% of the other competitions in golf around the world. If the PGA or other professional tours wish to play under rules such as these, I say more power to them. It is their product and they have the right to use any rule set that they see fit. They could very well afford to write their own rules. There is no need for the USGA and R&A to change rules which were not broken in order to accommodate the desires of these professional entertainment corporations, because that is indeed what they really are. I see this as a major mistake by the ruling bodies.
  13. New Rules for Video Call-Ins

    This is it. This is my biggest problem with this new rule. It actually rewards players who are dishonest or lack the knowledge necessary to correctly penalize themselves or their playing partners. It doesn't get any simpler than this. Thanks, Phil.
  14. New Rules for Video Call-Ins

    First of all, I have never accused Lexi of cheating. Nobody but Lexi knows what her thought process was at the time of this incident. Without obvious proof of willful cheating, I would never accuse any player of it. I must assume that Lexi was just very careless in marking her golf ball. That said, let's assume hypothetically that Lexi knew exactly what she was doing. Let's assume that there was a spike mark or other imperfection in her line of putt. Let's assume, again hypothetically, that she marked the ball incorrectly so as to avoid having to putt over the imperfection. Do you think that in this hypothetical situation that the 4 strokes be an appropriate penalty? You see, that is the problem that I have with reducing the scorecard penalty. We cannot know what Lexi knew. We can only know that she replaced her ball incorrectly (a 2 stroke penalty) and that she then signed for a score which wasn't correct because she didn't apply the correct penalty (another 2 strokes). That penalty will seem harsh to some if her actions were simply carelessness. I would submit that the penalty is very lenient, however, if her actions were more devious than careless. By abolishing the extra penalty for scorecard signing, the ruling bodies will eliminate any additional incentive for players to get it right the first time, to be accountable for their actions - whether intentional or not. The rules, I think, should attempt to adequately balance the good and the bad while protecting all of the players who are abiding by the rules. I feel that the new scorecard rule only attempts to protect those that accidentally break rules. It promotes ignorance of the rules and carelessness. I see it as a step backward. Absent the ability to know peoples' thoughts, there must be penalties for any action that seeks to circumvent the rules, even if careless players are sometimes penalized in what might seem to some to be a harsh manner. It would all be so much easier if we could simply read other peoples' minds.
  15. New Rules for Video Call-Ins

    Thanks. I wasn't aware of that. That makes it even more troubling. In 2019, it becomes standard operating procedure. The rule does nothing but lessen the degree of accountability that is required of a player.

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