It was a pretty big golf story so I’m guessing you heard about it: after marking her ball, Thompson replaced it in a different spot. The LPGA was alerted to the infraction by a TV viewer a day after it happened. After they reviewed the video tape, they assessed a heavy penalty which cost Thompson the coveted championship.
I was at the course when the news broke. Fans were outraged at LPGA Rules officials. People were screaming, “They screwed her,” and “They stole this from her!” I, too, was upset, because I assumed Thompson had replaced her ball just a blade of grass from the right spot and some viewer, some trigonometry buff using signs and cosigns, had calculated a 1/100th of an inch breach.
As Warner Wolf used to say… let’s go to the video […]