Barnes marks at horn blow
Sunday, June 21, 2009
FARMINGDALE, N.Y. – Decisions, decisions. To play or not to play? When the horn sounded to announce a suspension in play in the fourth round, players all over Bethpage Black had the option to finish out their hole or mark their golf balls.
The man of the hour, 54-hole leader Ricky Barnes, chose to leave his ball in thick, gnarly rough on the side of the hill left of the second fairway. While some could question his decision and wonder why he’d want to go to bed with thoughts of such a difficult second shot, perhaps they could refer to Michael Sim. The young Aussie was even par on his round, 2 over for the tournament, and playing alongside Tiger Woods when he drove it wild at the par-4 seventh. It appeared as if Sim wanted to mark and call it a day, but whether he got talked into it by his caddie or felt pressured by Woods’s decision to play out the seventh (and make birdie), he wound up making a double bogey.
Yes, it made for a rough ride back to the hotel.
All the while, Lucas Glover – at 7 under, tied with Barnes, though seemingly poised to take the lead – was at ease with his decision to mark his ball in the fairway at the second. “I’ve got my yardage to the hole (123) in the morning and I’ll practice that shot on the range,” Glover said.