Flesch: It really hurts when our stars play abroad. The field at Dubai blew away Pebble Beach. In this economy you have to bring your best to the dance, and we don't do that often enough. That's why Finchem is doing even better than you think. A lot of tournaments are putting up purses of $5 million or $6 million even though they know Tiger isn't coming and maybe nobody else in the top 10 is either. That's some impressive smoke and mirrors.
Van Sickle: This has been a year of weird rules violations. How do you feel about TV viewers reporting potential mistakes?
Henry: I'm not a proponent of fans calling in. Unlike other sports, we don't have an official watching every shot by every player. And not every shot is seen on TV, so some players are under more scrutiny than others. That isn't equal. We need to come up with a solution where a guy isn't disqualified for something he did wrong two days earlier.
Crane: Right. When a guy commits a penalty and doesn't know it, it should be a two-shot penalty, not a disqualification for signing a wrong score. All it's going to take is to DQ a leader everybody wants to see win.
Purdy: I wouldn't mind if the Tour had an 800 number. I wish they'd had that for the Heritage Classic, where Stewart Cink beat me after he moved sand from behind his ball. You can't do that except on a green. So many people called in, the officials in the rules trailer unplugged the phone. They ignored it.
Van Sickle: If justice is served, it shouldn't matter who pointed out the violation. Wouldn't it be worse if a winner got away with a violation that everyone witnessed?
Purdy: In the NFL and college basketball they review plays because they happen quickly and they want to get the ruling right. If the result of calling in is the correct call, I don't see how it's a bad thing. The more fan involvement, the better it is for us.
Flesch: Do we really need to know what viewers at home think? We don't need some truck driver calling in because he thought somebody grounded a club. Let's just put a rules official in the production truck when the telecast is on. If any violations happen on TV, he'll see them. It's pretty simple.
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