Should TV viewers be able to alter the outcome of a golf tournament?
I recently penned my first piece for GolfLink – “Putting armchair officials on trial” discusses the effect TV viewers have had on the results of a golf tournament by calling in rules infringements to tournament officials.
The more recent, most famous Tiger Woods infractions discussed but so are much earlier incidents when couch critics have enforced disqualifications and penalties on golfers from the comfort of their lounge room.
Possibly the first instance of a TV viewer having an effect on the outcome of a golf tournament occurred way back in 1987 during a tournament at Torrey Pines.
Craig “The Walrus” Stadler decided to play a shot under a tree. Forced to play the shot from his knees, Stadler laid out a towel on the ground to avoid getting his pants dirty. Stadler finished the tournament in second place until a viewer called in to say the shot was a violation of the “building a stance” rule. Stadler was disqualified.
Check out the full article at GolfLink and we’re keen to hear your thoughts on this. In the age of high-definition, slo-mo and instant replay, we’re only going to be seeing a lot more of this.