I’ve been watching the 2016 Masters in Augusta.
Here’s the story from ESPN.
Billy Horschel never marked his ball. His second shot — under the rules of the game — was deemed to have gone in the water. So, rather than have an eagle putt or settle for an easy two-putt birdie, he had to take a penalty stroke and finished with a bogey.
“I was hoping the ball would stop so I could put my coin back on it [to mark it], because I knew what was going to happen,’’ Horschel said. “I knew that once the ball rolls, once it’s in play, if it starts rolling, you have to play it from where it finishes and obviously I didn’t have my scuba gear to play it from the water.“ It’s an unfortunate situation where a big old gust came through, my ball was a foot or two from a false front, and it started rolling and the wind kept pushing it to the false front and it went in the water.’’
Am I the only one who is enjoying what these pros are experiencing? It just doesn’t seem fair what the wind at Augusta is doing. But I’ll bet any duffer has been there, if you’ve golfed through the years.
Okay, here’s my point, up front.
No one tells the wind what to do. No one. Not even a pro golfer at Augusta. We’re all reminded of our humanity in golf – for sure. We can’t change the rules in tournament play. But when I’m golfing with my buddies, we give mulligans, tell a guy to pick up his putt, call for winter rules because we’re playing social golf. All kinds of stuff. Is it a purest approach to the game? Of course not.
But whether we play social or pro golf, no one and I mean no one tells the wind what to do.
This reminds me that no one tells God what to do. We can’t cry out “RULES! Let’s change the rules because God isn’t fair.”
Here it comes. Now I’m stretching this. Golf is the game of heaven. Told you it was a stretch. But It does remind us that we’re all human and respecting God is the beginning of wisdom.
I liked what Horschel said as he kept his composure and did not rip into the rules official. “It wasn’t the officials’ fault,’’ he said. “They can’t do anything about it.”
Asked if the rule should be changed, Horschel said, “I’m not in the business of changing rules.’’
Like I said previously, “No one tells the wind what to do.”