Responses of the week: Jan. 15-21
After Padraig Harrington was disqualified from the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship on Friday, Golfweek's Alistair Tait (@GolfweekTait) wasn't alone in saying that something needs to change.
Check out the responses to his column, which suggested that the R&A and PGA Tour do away with the automatic "wrong score" DQ rule and instead assess the appropriate penalty strokes.
If this incident had occurred on Sunday (the last day of the tournament) and it wasn't reported until the next day, there would be no action taken because the tournament would be over. How equitable is that?
I agree it is time to reconsider the DQ penalties in situations like the Villegas and Harrington incidents. Stroke penalties should be the worst players should suffer for unintentional violation pointed out after their cards have been signed.
Why allow input from couch potatoes? The guys near the back of the field who never make the TV coverage are not subject to this exposure.
DL3 looking to buck the trend
Jeff Rude (@GolfweekRude) reveals that Davis Love III would be interested in becoming the first playing Ryder Cup captain since Arnold Palmer.
Anyone who is playing well at the time of the Ryder Cup should be selected to play. If a player is not in the top 12 but has won a major or two events just prior to the cutoff date, he should be selected as well. If Davis Love fits into either of those categories, he should play.
Vegas overcomes long odds
Sean Martin (@GolfweekSMartin) details the incredible story of PGA Tour rookie Jhonattan Vegas, who moved to the U.S. alone from Venezuela to chase his dream of becoming a professional golfer. Vegas was the 54-hole co-leader at the Bob Hope Classic.
I was a walking scorer for Jhonattan at the Fort Smith Classis last year. What a pleasant and personable young man. Huge driver. Keep it up and win this thing big guy!
I’ll echo what Gary says about Jhonattan. I was a standard bearer at the Utah Championship last year and I was very impressed with this young man’s talent, level head, and grace under pressure. Good luck, Jhonattan, I’m rooting for you.
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