Phil Mickelson on Marking the Ball, Mark Crossfield Addresses the Point, and My Take.

170404-phil-mickelsonBravo to Phil Mickelson

Phil Mickelson was using his time yesterday in the Press room at Augusta National to discuss the Lexi Thompson debacle. But he did it by calling out his fellow tour pros. Bravo! Phil Mickelson below:

“So rather than address that specific instance, what I would say is this: I know a number of guys on tour that are loose with how they mark the ball and have not been called on it. I mean, they will move the ball two, three inches in front of their mark, and this is an intentional way to get it out of any type of impression and so forth and I think that kind of stuff needs to stop. But I think it should be handled within the tour. I think that the tour should go to those players and say, look, we’ve noticed you’ve been a little lax in how precise you’ve been in marking the ball. We’d like you to be a little bit better at it—and see if that doesn’t just kind of fix the thing.”

He even went a bit further later in the interview.

“But to have a tournament be decided like that, with all the scenarios going around, as far as viewers calling in, as far as it being a one‑foot putt with really no advantage, just a little bit of loose marking, if you will, something that happens all the time, intentionally and unintentionally, I just think that’s — I think it should be reversed. I think that she should be given the trophy.”

To those arguing with me yesterday. Rookies! Ahem! BM – Sometimes you have to look around and see if you’re in good company. I do find it interesting that both Phil Mickelson and David Duval cited ,”No Competitive Advantage…” Both lads have won their share of majors and one – was the #1 Ranked Player in the World to unseat Tiger Woods – both think it’s unjust.

My Take

So I’ll just leave my opinion below.

I’m Buying

My buddy Mark Crossfield also did an excellent video making some points – with his children – before he’s headed to The Masters.

And here is the proverbial – I’m at the Masters video. I’m sure more is to come.

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