Barely one year after Tiger Woods’ caddy Steve Williams insulted Phil Mickelson , Lefty is the center of yet another controversional debate after fellow PGA professional Scott McCarron (winner of three PGA Tour titles) accused Mickelson of cheating during the second round of the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines.
In Friday’s edition of the San Francisco Chronicle , McCarron made the remark with respect to Mickelson’s use of the Ping Eye 2 wedge. The club features squared grooves - exactly the kind of club banned all around the world as of January 1. Mickelson is only one of several players who are using the club at this week’s tournament. This is technically legal because of a loophole in the new equipment rules arising from a lawsuit in the 1980s.
All major professional golf organizations have banned the use of squared grooves in order to make it more difficult for players to spin the ball out of the rough and thereby make it more important to hit the fairway of the tee.
However, McCarron stated that using the club was "against the spirit of the game" and that the rule should be changed immediately. Several TV commentators reacted by pointing out that McCarron himself might be acting against the spirit of the game by using a belly putter.
When asked about McCarron’s statement Phil Mickelson agreed that the "rule is ridiculous and that it should be changed". But he insisted that using the pre-1990 club isn’t cheating and that "it isn’t my job [...] to interpret the intent of the rule".
How do you feel about the new groove rule and Scott McCarron’s statement? Do you think that Phil should stop using a club he had in his bag for over a decade? Do you feel that the USGA and/or the PGA Tour need to make further changes to their rules? Please use the comment function to share your thoughts.