PGA Tour gives first slow-play penalty after 22 years
It was in the first round of the Zurich classic that a semi-retired player and an 18-year-old dominated the leader board. Things got only wilder when the PGA Tour handed its first slow-play penalty after more than two decades during the first round at TPC Louisiana. It was the pair of Miguel Angel Carballo and Brian Campbell who was penalised for a shot in their opening round. The pair was formed as alternates for the event. The pair was cautioned on the 10th hole. A hole later, Carballo took more than the allotted 40 seconds to play his shot and received a bad time. The same happened during a bad time on the 14th hole. The pair tried to protest the penalty again, but it was to no avail. Previously it was Glen Day in the third round of the 1995 Honda Classic who was penalised for slow play. In the recent past, 14-year-old Tianlang Guan was penalised for slow play at the 2013 Masters, but the Masters is run by Augusta National Golf Club and not the PGA Tour.
Michelle Wie continues with good form in Texas
Michelle Wie has already finished in the top-10 twice in 2017 and on Thursday at the Volunteers of America Texas Shootout; she went on to have her fourth first round score in the 60s this season. She shot a four under 67 in the windy conditions around, keeping her two behind leader Mi Jung Hur. It is not just Wie’s form, but his mental state looks pretty good. After a troublesome period with tough seasons and injuries, she finally looks on track for big things. She is smiling around on the course and enjoying her game. It is her change of stance that has technically improved her game. Wie can surely go on to win something with the form she has lately been showing.
PGA Tour players express mix reactions to the Lexi Rule
In the wake of the Lexi Thompson controversy that happened at the ANA Inspiration earlier in the month, the Lexi Rule has been introduced. The rule allows scrutiny from the couch to call in penalties. While it has gone down well with some of the players, some seem furious about it. Jerry Kelly positively believed that the rule would bring some common sense into the game. William McGrit didn’t seem that happy with the rule as he believed such scrutiny shouldn’t happen to the players on the field. The rule has created a difference of opinion among the players, and it is tricky to understand how effective the implement of the rule will be on the overall game of a player.