Monday, August 16, 2010

Dusty gets screwed by the PGA...other odds and ends

Young American golfer Dustin Johnson was screwed out of the opportunity to win the PGA Championship Sunday on the 72nd holes as he was assessed a two stroke penalty for grounding his club in a bunker that didn't exist. Johnson was called for grounding his club in a bunker, which resulted in a two stroke penalty and him missing the playoff by those two strokes. Johnson was outside of the ropes when the penalty occurred. Johnson did not even think that it was a bunker and was very confused when approached by officials. The golfer hit his second shot from the gallery where patrons had been walking all day so he obviously did not think he was in a bunker as they typically are inside the ropes. This is a low blow call by the PGA. This is a dumb rule to begin with. First, if the bunkers outside ropes are not maintained who gives a fuck if you ground your club before the shot. It is not like he played lift clean and place. It a rule which I am sure was broken more than once during the week but may not have been called. The only reason they could enforce the rule here was that CBS had HD views of him grounding his club which had no effect on his shot. Johnson could not never get back the chance to win his first major.Johnson has had tough luck in majors this year but has had strong finishes in the last three. He took the lead into the final round of the U.S. Open before shooting 82 and then had a top 15 in the British Open before the PGA which he finished in a t5 with this call. He would have been in a three way playoff with Bubba Watson and Martin Kaymer(aka Hitler). Kaymer eventually won in a three hole playoff. Johnson may not have won anyway but just having that chance is all the guy could ask for. Let the golf determine the winner not some bullshit rule.

Other local sports notes:

-Patriots defensive end Ty Warren and WR Torry Holt go on injured reserve. Warren is obviously the bigger of these two injures as he was a key in the front seven of the Patriots. He is suffering from a torn labrum and will have surgery in the next week out in Colorado. Holt, who was becoming a longshot to make the roster, will have possible career ending surgery on his knee. Holt has had a stellar career and is 11th all time in receptions.

-Sox 2B Dustin Pedroia returns to the lineup tomorrow night from a broken foot. Pedroia gives the Sox a much needed spark they need to make a push for the playoffs. They currently sit 5.5 games out of the division and the Wild Card.

-46 days until the exhibition opener against University of Toronto for our BU Terriers.

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