McCar­ron lashes out at tour over wedge dis­pute, says he will ‘not be si­lenced’

Cape Breton Post - - SPORTS - BY DOUG FER­GU­SON

irons to be more a more shal­low V-shape, which gen­er­ate less spin.

How­ever, the Ping-Eye 2 wedges made be­fore April 1, 1990, are ap­proved for com­pe­ti­tion be­cause of a law­suit that Ping set­tled with the PGA Tour and USGA some 20 years ago.

It has not been proven whether the grooves of a 20-yearold golf club — Mick­el­son played them in col­lege at Ari­zona State and found this wedge in his garage — spin more than Vshaped grooves made with to­day’s tech­nol­ogy.

John Daly and Dean Wil­son were the first play­ers to use the Ping wedges this year, at the Sony Open in Hawaii. Mick­el­son, who fin­ished 19th at the Farm­ers In­sur­ance Open, said he was not sure the Ping wedge was more ef­fec­tive than his new wedges from Call­away.

Mick­el­son, how­ever, has been an­gry with the USGA since the groove pol­icy was an­nounced. He claims he sub­mit­ted wedges un­der the new rules that the USGA did not ap­prove, yet he was al­lowed to use a Ping wedge with square grooves that are not con­form­ing.

“I un­der­stand black and white,” Mick­el­son said Fri­day. “And I think that my­self or any other player is al­lowed to play those clubs be­cause they’re ap­proved — end of story.”

McCar­ron said to use the Ping wedges vi­o­lated the spirit of the rule.

On Mon­day, he di­rected some of his frus­tra­tion at the USGA and the PGA Tour for know­ing the po­ten­tial for this con­tro­versy be­fore it blew up on them last week at Tor­rey Pines.

“In­stead of ad­dress­ing the mat­ter, the tour chose to put the onus to com­ply on its play­ers,” McCar­ron said. “Un­for­tu­nately, a hand­ful of play­ers have cho­sen not to com­ply, and that is what has led to this cur­rent or­deal. In my opin­ion ... the tour must now put a rule in place to pro­tect the field and ban th­ese wedges.”

McCar­ron said the fo­cus should shift from a small num­ber of play­ers us­ing the Ping-Eye 2 wedges to the ma­jor­ity of play­ers “who chose to do the right thing.”

“I am still ap­palled by the fact

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