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http://sports.yahoo.com/golf/blog/devil_ball_golf/post/Caddy-charges-golfers-LPGA-disregarding-serious?urn=golf-267309

 

 

The abridged version is, two LPGA-ers knowingly played the wrong ball on to the 18th green at the last tournament. One of the caddies caught the "mistake" and notified Rules officials, who in a nutshell, said there wasn't an infraction.

 

This is coming off a tournament where a TV viewer has the ability to call in to let people know Julie Inkster is (unknowingly) breaking the Rules by swinging with a weight on her club during a break. Everyone remembers the SI reporter getting Michelle Wie DQ'd years back.

 

So, what say you? Is this a big deal, or not? I don't know about any conspiracy theories, but no matter how you slice it I don't like how a TV viewer has more pull than a Tour caddy.

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Here is the blog link for Larry Smich the LPGA caddy who "blew the whistle", the players were disqualified but the LPGA has determined no intentional breaking of the rules.

He blogs about Korean players blatantly breaking the rules and cheating...interesting but we all know that nobody cheats at golf, eh?

And we know what happens to whistle blowers.

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He blogs about Korean players blatantly breaking the rules and cheating...interesting but we all know that nobody cheats at golf, eh?

 

LOL- I remember reading stories of fans walking in a favorite player's usual miss in the rough to help with the lie; how some people have thrown a golfer's ball out of the trees; some stompped on an unliked golfer's ball... Granted, these stories are old, pre-TV days, but still...

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  • 12 years later...

Lydia Ko cheated on November 20th. When placing her ball several times, she purposely rolled her ball down the hill in order to get a better place to hit her ball. It’s just not fair considering how much money they make. Watch the video. 

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20 minutes ago, Jai said:

Lydia Ko cheated on November 20th. When placing her ball several times, she purposely rolled her ball down the hill in order to get a better place to hit her ball. It’s just not fair considering how much money they make. Watch the video. 

How about post a link to the video.   No news articles indicating anything questionable about this weekends tournament and with her leading the tournament and all the cameras an official would have noticed.  

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1 hour ago, cnosil said:

How about post a link to the video.   No news articles indicating anything questionable about this weekends tournament and with her leading the tournament and all the cameras an official would have noticed.  

I just did a quick search using "did Lydia Ko cheat?" and got absolutely nothing.  Nothing at all.

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I am not that savvy at using computers. She used her right thumb to roll the ball down the hill until she had an advantage to hit her shot. Sorry for not having the video. I’m surprised that she hasn’t been called on this. Although she is golf royalty. 

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8 minutes ago, Jai said:

I will try to post the video. It may take a minute.

Copy the URL from the website and paste it in a reply message on this thread.  Or give us a website, where the video is located, and a time stamp in the video. 

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31 minutes ago, DaveP043 said:

Its really common that a home viewer will have substantially greater expertise and a more appropriate viewing angle than an actual trained rules expert standing a few feet from the player.  🤣

I'll add, its also extremely common for an experience professional player, one who knows with absolute certainty that there are cameras showing her every move to the entire golfing world, will intentionally cheat when taking a drop, while under the continuous observation of said trained rules expert.

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On 11/21/2022 at 1:32 PM, Jai said:

Lydia Ko cheated on November 20th. When placing her ball several times, she purposely rolled her ball down the hill in order to get a better place to hit her ball. It’s just not fair considering how much money they make. Watch the video. 

Just watched the video since it is being replayed on the golf channel.   There was no evidence that I saw of her purposely rolling her ball down the hill;  it rolled by itself each time it was placed.  

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9 hours ago, cnosil said:

Just watched the video since it is being replayed on the golf channel.   There was no evidence that I saw of her purposely rolling her ball down the hill;  it rolled by itself each time it was placed.  

Look he is a new poster and IMHO he is trolling us. And I saw the same thing you did and share your opinion

On 11/21/2022 at 5:51 PM, DaveP043 said:

Its really common that a home viewer will have substantially greater expertise and a more appropriate viewing angle than an actual trained rules expert standing a few feet from the player.  🤣

LOL some THINK they do

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I watched it live and saw her looking like she was using her hand to get it moving down the hill. I also wondered why she wasn't required to place it there instead of getting to move it up the hill to a nice flat lie. I've never seen anything like it but I will acknowledge I may not know the rules and there was that official standing there.

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15 minutes ago, Snapjack said:

I watched it live and saw her looking like she was using her hand to get it moving down the hill. I also wondered why she wasn't required to place it there instead of getting to move it up the hill to a nice flat lie. I've never seen anything like it but I will acknowledge I may not know the rules and there was that official standing there.

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I watched this on my DVR recording.  After dropping twice, (and the ball rolling down the hill), a player gets to place the ball where the ball hits the ground.  Lydia's ball would not stay in position when trying to place the ball on the ground.  The player continues to place the ball with their hand on the ground till the ball stays in position.  The rules official watched her place the ball multiple times.  Each time the ball would not stay in position.  Lydia continued the ball placement process until it finally stayed still.  She was allowed to keep placing the ball, moving up the hill.  I would highly suggest that all golfers know the rules regarding drops.  2023 will bring even more relief to the drop procedure with the new rule changes. Come Jan. 1, the procedure will be more forgiving. Your ball merely must come to rest within one club-length of where you drop it, even if it is one club-length closer to the hole.  https://golf.com/instruction/rules/rules-golf-changes-2023-more-forgiving/

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59 minutes ago, Snapjack said:

I watched it live and saw her looking like she was using her hand to get it moving down the hill. I also wondered why she wasn't required to place it there instead of getting to move it up the hill to a nice flat lie. I've never seen anything like it but I will acknowledge I may not know the rules and there was that official standing there.

Rule 14.3.c.2

 What to Do if Ball Dropped in Right Way Comes to Rest Outside Relief Area. If the ball comes to rest outside the relief area, the player must drop a ball in the right way a second time.

If that ball also comes to rest outside the relief area, the player must then complete taking relief by placing a ball using the procedures for replacing a ball in Rules 14.2b(2) and 14.2e:

The player must place a ball on the spot where the ball dropped the second time first touched the ground.

If the placed ball does not stay at rest on that spot, the player must place a ball on that spot a second time.

If the ball placed a second time also does not stay on that spot, the player must place a ball on the nearest spot where the ball will stay at rest, subject to the limits in Rule 14.2e.

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At no time did she try and place it where it landed and started rolling. Weirdest drop I've ever seen, never seen it before and no way it was correct. When she dropped it looked like she was bowling, no talk about it on the broadcast which was weird too. How many times have we seen the rules official pointing to where the drop landed and where the ball should be placed by the player?

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