Complete coverage: ‘Groovesgate’
Golfweek.com brings you the latest updates on the ongoing ‘Groovesgate’ saga on the PGA Tour:
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James Achenbach explains the controversy surrounding the Ping Eye2 wedges.
FRIDAY, FEB. 12
• Grooves settlement isn't so black-and-white: The lawsuit settlement between Ping and the PGA Tour offers clear direction in the dispute regarding square, high-spinning grooves. It just depends on whom you ask.
TUESDAY, FEB. 9
• Riviera is no stranger to grooves disputes: History got groovy and repeated itself at Riviera Country Club this weekend, writes Adam Schupak.
THURSDAY, FEB. 4
• Paddy sticks with his Wilson wedge: Adam Schupak reports Padraig Harrington stuck with a Wilson wedge instead of switching to a Ping Eye2.
TUESDAY, FEB. 2
• Mickelson to take Ping wedge out of bag: Phil Mickelson says he won’t be using the Ping Eye2 wedge that led a fellow player to accuse him of “cheating,” saying he has made his point about a rules problem he wants to see fixed.
• Tour has three options with Eye2 wedges: Jeff Rude outlines the three options for the PGA Tour and the usage of Ping Eye2 wedges.
• Finchem to players: We’ve got options: Commissioner Tim Finchem stood before a players meeting Tuesday at Riviera Country Club, site of this week’s Northern Trust Open, and said the Tour might have some options in the grooves controversy but that none is a sure thing. Alex Miceli reports.
• Tour’s Independent Special Committee lineup: Here’s a closer look at the special committee that will eventually review the PGA Tour Policy Board request about the Ping Eye2 grooves issue.
• Hate to be Rude: ‘On the same page’: ‘Groovesgate’ may be resolved in just a few months, writes Jeff Rude.
• McCarron apologizes to Mickelson: Scott McCarron apologized to Phil Mickelson on Tuesday for his comments that Lefty was “cheating” last week in San Diego for using the Ping Eye2 wedge. Alex Miceli reports.
MONDAY, FEB. 1
• Solheim: PGA Tour can’t ban Eye2 wedges: Ping chairman John Solheim reminded the PGA Tour on Monday that it cannot make a separate rule to ban Ping Eye2 wedges, the 20-year-old clubs that led Scott McCarron to claim Phil Mickelson is “cheating” by using them.
• Commentary: Eight other ‘spirit of the rules’ violations: In the wake of Groovesgate, Jim McCabe gives eight other ‘spirit of the rules’ violations. Remember that rock Tiger had moved?
SUNDAY, JAN. 31
• McCarron not backing off wedge comment: Scott McCarron is not backing away from his opinion that Phil Mickelson or anyone else on the PGA Tour should not be using the Ping Eye2 wedges with square grooves.
• Mickelson: ‘Cheating’ comment slanderous: Phil Mickelson hinted at legal action Saturday for being accused of “cheating,” saying that if the PGA Tour did not do something about him being “publicly slandered,” then he would let others handle it.
SATURDAY, JAN. 30
• Mickelson, Tour address wedge accusations: Jeff Rude says Phil responded to ‘cheating’ accusations with another serious word: slander.
FRIDAY, JAN. 29
• Grooves dispute escalates on Tour: Scott McCarron set off a firestorm Friday by calling it cheating for players such as Phil Mickelson to use Ping Eye2 wedges. As Jeff Rude writes, closing the loophole that allows Eye2s could quiet the discord.
• McCarron: Mickelson ‘cheating’ with Eye2s: Scott McCarron is accusing Phil Mickelson of “cheating” for using Ping wedges that were made 20 years ago with square grooves that the USGA now outlaws for professional golf.
THURSDAY, JAN. 28
• Could Tour stop use of Ping Eye2 wedges?: James Achenbach asks if the PGA Tour could stop Phil Mickelson, John Daly and other players from carrying square-grooved Ping Eye2 wedges.
• Lefty relies on arsenal of Eye2 wedges: James Achenbach has the details of Phil Mickelson’s unique array of Ping Eye2 wedges.
TUESDAY, JAN. 26
• 2010 wedges: Year of grooves: James Achenbach take a closer look at new wedges to be released this year.
THURSDAY, JAN. 14
• Ancient Ping wedges spotted at Sony Open: Jim McCabe says old Ping wedges have been spotted at the Sony thanks to a loophole in new USGA groove regulations.
• Daly playing legal square-grooved wedges: John Daly is using a set of wedges at the Sony Open this week that have square grooves, even though new USGA regulations require V-shaped grooves.