Rules Controversy at Torey Pines explained

With a few rules being tested (or being handled correctly depending on which side of the Atlantic you are from) last week, we take a look at the controversy from Torey Pines and the aftermath from it.

What happened? 

During the Farmers Insurance Open in San Diego California being played on the south course at Torey Pines, Golf’s bad boy, Patrick Reed, had a controversial lie on the 10th hole. 

Reed’s ball landed in the rough on the left-hand side of the green and the ball appeared to have ‘broke ground’, meaning the ball was under the surface of the grass. 

On Reed’s approach to the ball, he asked the marshall who marked the ball if it bounced and the reply was ‘I didn’t see it bounce’. This confirming Reed’s thinking it broke ground. 

This is where it gets confusing for golf fans and professionals. Reed decided to remove the ball to see if it broke ground and then called a rules official over. Rather than calling the rules official over and waiting. Have a look at the full video below to see how it played out. 

What do the rules say? 

Under rule 16/3, Reed did exactly what he should have. Due to Reed’s past, he has always been deemed the bad guy and we criticise his judgements. Here is legendary CBC commentator Jim Nantz having the rules explained by an official and Patrick Reed explaining the situation after his round.

What did Rory do that was different? 

Nothing. Rory actually didn’t call a rules official over like Rory did. But because of Rory’s reputation, he didn’t receive the critiiscim that Reed did. And Reed took to Twitter to vent his frustrations. 

What did the players say?

Lanto Griffin who finished tied 7th at the Farmers Insurance Open said: “it kind of Pisses us off”. 

The world number 4, Xander Schauffele spoke after he came runner-up to Reed last weekend and said: “Obviously, the talk amongst the boys isn’t great, I guess, but he’s protected by the tour and that’s all that matters, I guess.”

Rory McIlroy who had if not the same issue than reed said: “I was sort of giving … Patrick the benefit of the doubt because it seemed to me like it was a bit of a storm in a teacup,” 

McIlroy said. “You’re trying to deal with the info that you have at the time, and the info that Patrick had at the time was the ball hadn’t bounced, and the info I had at the time was the same. I went down, and on my life, that ball of mine was plugged; it was in its own pitch mark, so I took relief.” 

Who runs the ‘useGOLFFACTS’ Twitter account?

We do not know is the honest answer, but for the last year around the same time of a few of Patrick Reed’s controversial actions, the Twitter account comes alive and starts to comment of random Twitter accounts responses who are negatively speaking about Reed. And if you look at how Reed responds to criticism, it looks very similar and maybe some would say it fits Reed’s character.  

Examples of these tweets are below.

Whether you disagree with either Mcllroy or Reed, they both did the correct thing under the rules.  You can make the decision on who is painted the good or bad guy. 

Watch the full storyline on the PGA Tours Twitter account here

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