A week of bad rulings and loud galleries

Denny McCarthy
Denny McCarthy and caddie Derek Smith were the victims of a horrible two-stroke penalty on Friday… until it was rescinded on Saturday. Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

This has been the week of bad golfer behavior, incredibly confusing rulings and other oddities in professional golf. The amount of content to comb through on social has been staggering, so here are a few items to round out this week’s review in the caddie-o-sphere.

Leading us off this week is a reminder that the Rules of Golf are as hard to understand as they are to enforce. This was on full display at this week’s Waste Management Phoenix Open, as player Denny McCarthy and caddie, Derek Smith, unknowingly walked into one of the worst rules fiascos in years.

A number of players and caddies weighed in on the ruling, which was later retracted by the USGA as cooler heads — and common sense — prevailed.

The crowds at TPC Scottsdale were incredible, and having the chance to attend for the first time with a group of friends this year was equally as special. It’s an experience I’ll never forget and it’s all about what’s happening off the course as much as on.

Caddies always take notice as fans scream and berate (and sometimes applaud) their players, so it’s interesting to see what is said on social after each round. Geno Bonnalie took to Twitter to comment on the McCarthy ruling, complete with an artist’s rendering of how he’ll approach his player, Joel Dahmen, at the WMPO moving forward.

Of course, there was still a lot of great fan interaction with the player-caddie teams this week, including this moment between the team of Chez Reavie, Justin York and a lucky young fan in Scottsdale.

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