Lexi Thompson's golf title bid derailed by TV viewer's email

Ross Houston
April 5, 2017

Ahead of the start of the Masters, which is the first major of the calendar year for the men, other professional golfers said they would support a rule change.

"Lexi lost lead on Sunday due to something that happened Saturday".

Use some common sense.

She was leading by two shots in Sunday's final round when she was penalised for incorrectly replacing a marked ball in Saturday's third round after a TV viewer emailed tournament officials.

She incurred a two-shot penalty for the breach and another two-shot penalty for returning an incorrect scorecard.

Although Whan said that it was possible the LPGA could review the rules that allowed a television viewer to call in a penalty on Thompson a day after the infraction, there would be no hurry to change the system because of the controversy.

"Is this a joke?" she asked.

Speaking at a press conference in the build-up to the Masters, which starts on Thursday (April 6), Walker said he found the whole episode odd to view, adding that he thinks a law change is required.

"I can't go to bed knowing that I let a rule slide", she added.

"Also to the fans out there, words can't describe what you being there for me meant to me".

Golf fans on the course and the Internet erupted with outrage when the LPGA's decision became understood. "He said: 'Stay with it, you can still win".

"And it's extremely upsetting for everybody, and this is the last thing that the rules team wants to do".

"I don't think it should happen because you're only showing the people out there who are in contention". Have a rules official whose job it is to watch the broadcast and leave it at that.

The feeling was strong among golfers who were at Augusta National, and one who was not.

Fighting back tears, Thompson said "Four-stroke penalty, that's just ridiculous". Her lead was wiped out and then some.

"I feel frightful for Lexi Thompson, who proved she's one of the best golfers on the planet and certainly played well enough to earn a trophy", he continued.

The galleries felt the same, chanting and cheering for Thompson as she completed her round.

The South Korean said she knew Thompson would get a lot of backing from the partisan American crowds, so she herself tried to feed off the Korean fans in the stands and also those watching on TV back home, reported Yonhap news agency.

She persevered and forced a playoff with three birdies down the stretch.

Defending champion Ko, who finished tied for 11th at seven-under par, took to social media to express her outrage at the fact viewers at home could influence the result of tournaments.

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