LEXI HAS ONLY HERSELF TO BLAME
While some may feel sorry for Lexi Thompson (May Behind the
Scenes) and the penalties she incurred, I would have thought that anyone playing at the top level would be very conscious of how they do anything with TV cameras watching their every move. Not replacing the ball exactly behind the marker is what I would expect of social golfers rather than professionals. In fact, club golfers who mark and replace their ball erratically on the greens are quickly spotted by others with sharp eyes, and warned.
I read that Jack Nicklaus, in commenting on Thompson’s transgression, said he had NEVER in his career replaced a ball incorrectly. At the 2015 Presidents Cup match in Korea, he said an International player was drawing complaints for the way he was replacing his ball and was notified. “They got the captains together and had a little conversation with the young man, and it was probably the best thing that ever happened to him.” Nicklaus said an accommodation was reached in which the player was pulled out of the lineup for one day.
Thompson is fortunate not to have been admonished too. LPGA Tour player Chella Choi withdrew from the 2014 Canadian Pacific Open after she was presented with video evidence that showed her placing a coin down on one side of the ball and replacing the ball on the other side of the coin, on a short putt.