A little lost in the turbulence created by the alignment rule in the men's game is the fact that the change was seen as directed at the LPGA, where caddies in line are more common players. Brittany Lincicome, an eightfold L.P.G.A. Tour Winner and two-time Grand Champion, said she was happy "it was not one of us" who became the first victim of the rule.
After the caddy alignment episode with McCarthy and several similar situations with other players, the USGA and R & A explained: if players reset their position after their caddies have viewed a shot, there is no penalty .
"When we went inside, we knew that there would be certain things you would do" d: "We are not sure if we have considered this or the intention was never to have this outcome" "Mike Davis, the chief executive of the USGA told the Global Golf Post, adding:" All in all, in terms of how they are perceived all over the world, it is very positive. "
That was not the case for Rickie Fowler, who was the dead target on the caddy alignment rule during the Phoenix Open. "You're talking about growing the game and making things play faster and if not," he said, "but that does not make the game bigger. "
Addition to Fowler's annoyance was a run-up with one of the rules unchanged rules of the book on the Sunday of the tournament. He took a penalty of two succeed in striking a shot in the water and then absorbed a one-off penalty ate his ball a few seconds after he walked the green back in danger of looking at his chip.
Fowler chose a triple bogey and in a show of gallows humor pleaded the official rules, Slugger White, for a change of rules.
Fowler lingered, but Tony Finau, who followed the round, unfolded on television after missing the cut, saw the gravity in a joke by Fowler.