free breakfast?Bob Montgomery's Helmet Hat said:If they don't let Rory play up, Rory could have just said fine, I'll finish tomorrow morning. Then Phil has to stay overnight for the very small chance of a playoff. How is that a good thing for Phil?
Papelbon's Poutine said:
And I think Fowler got fucked the most. It obviously rattled him and cost him a 2nd and a lot of money.
It's not about the letter of the law, playing up is literally unprecedented (I think, rather than watxhing TGC I'm watching Anchorman with my eleven year-old, which is very questionable) and magnified by being a tournament these guys actually give a shit about.radsoxfan said:
Rory's ball sitting in the green side bunker caused Fowler to 3 putt from 40 feet in the dark? Um, OK. Whatever you say.
It made all the sense in the world to play the 18th as a foursome, or at least let them play up, given the darkness. If Phil wanted to use the letter of the law to force Rory to wait, I agree he probably shouldn't have been told otherwise by the officials. Doesn't make it any less of a dick move.
Right, the PGA took over in an unprecedented move.radsoxfan said:
Is it common for the last hole of a major to be played in near dark conditions with thunder and lightning just on the other side of the clubhouse?
Oil Can Dan said:I was a little disappointed to see the big rush to finish. It was entertaining in its own right, but this is a major and I'd rather see things wrap up in a normal, non-rushed fashion.
Yes, but the protocol is to play out in order. Phil/Rickie let Rory tee off so that he had an option to finish, not so he had the option/ability to play up with them.Bob Montgomery's Helmet Hat said:Well, they dealt with an unprecedented situation by making an unprecedented move
The weather was pre-round. They knew it was going to be dark for five hours prior to the finish.radsoxfan said:
The rush was created by the weather delay, not by Rory or the tour officials. It was unavoidable.
Freddy Linn said:The weather was pre-round. They knew it was going to be dark for five hours prior to the finish.
The PGA of America and CBS knew at the turn that this was going to finish in very questionable light. They chose to move forward. If I was Ted Bishop or whomever the fuck heads up the PGA I would have pulled the plug after 15.radsoxfan said:
Right. that's why everyone knew there was a chance there would be a rush to get the final hole in. And that's exactly what happened.
The fact that the weather delay was 5 hours prior, (as opposed to right before) doesn't change anything.
Zomp said:I dont think pace of play was an issue, especially for the last two groups. I agree about threesomes though. Also if they were really concerned about the weather they could have started the day using split tees and have the guys go off earlier.
Either way, I don't think the decision to rush through the final holes made a difference in the outcome. Phil still birdied the last.
The best part of this is he still trails Nicklaus by 10 in career second-place major finishes. Jack was first or second in 37 majors. That's more than nine straight years of majors, basically, all in the top 2.BigSoxFan said:In case anyone is wondering, Mickelson now has 9 second place finishes in a major tournament:
US Open: 6
PGA Championship: 2
British Open: 1
The US Open is the last tournament he needs for the career salami.
Papelbon's Poutine said:
It also could have literally allowed Rory to finish. If he had had to wait, he might have gotten to the point where he said, sorry, it's too dark, I need to come back tomorrow, so he comes back in the morning, cold to play the last hole of a major. Or he tries to play it out and makes a big mistake from the darkness. I think he had every right to be pissed and I would have told them to fuck off, not my fault it rained.