Did Lexi Thompson commit a penalty at the LPGA’s first major of the year? Probably. Did a LPGA official catch it? Nope. Then who did and why was she penalized? A loser couch potato fan who wants nothing more than to matter. If an official catches it, by all means penalize her. Heck, even if the official doesn’t catch it until the next day, although I don’t agree with next day penalties, but there is more of an argument, penalize her still. However, to let a fan have so much say in sports outcomes is down right wrong, and a very very fine line for other sports. Although an emotional Thompson hung in there and made it to a playoff, lets be honest here. That email from that fan created the outcome of this tournament. Lexi’s mindset, although tough, was still skewed and same goes for eventual winner So Yeon Ryu. Mentally, both golfer’s went different directions.
If this is how it is going to be from here on out, then every fan should take note. The next time the NBA misses a review on a buzzer beater for your team, email the still shot to them until they not only admit it, but change the outcome because of you. The next time the NFL misses a review on a touchdown for your team, email the still shot to them until they change the outcome because of you. Lexi was very classy and gracious through all of this and she should be commended for that. That is very rare these days in sports when so many athletes go to the media to complain about officials. The LPGA and their officials have started a very dangerous game I don’t believe they are ready or other sports are ready to deal with. Getting it right is important, but not if you have to have the fans do your job a day later. Really…LPGA…Really!!!