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Video: Brittany Lang's Near Solheim Ace

The Solheim Cup opening day has had a great buzz thanks to a host of elements. The galleries are shockingly large and loud (okay, a bit too much squealing).

The clear weather means a firm-fast piece of minimalist design is playing beautifully, all heightened by some fresh camera angles we don't normally see in PGA Tour coverage. Throw in clever hole locations allowing players to feed shots and, oh yes, the players executing under pressure, and day one has been a home run.

Here is Brittany Lang nearly acing the 206-yard 6th during Friday morning foursome play. Not in the clip was a super slow-mo replay from a plane camera that Golf Channel employed in the morning before weather halted its use in the afternoon. When up in the air, the plane was producing stunning images of Colorado Golf Club with the faster speed adding an urgency that blimp shots lack.

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I like how the reaction is the same as if it actually was a hole in one.
08.16.2013 | Unregistered CommenterD.
What about the rules controversy? Lewis and Pepper came across as whiners, even though the discussion with the offical was pretty calm, I'm not sure what the point of going on and on about it was. Just venting??
08.16.2013 | Unregistered CommenterMedia maven
PGA of America should have bought CGC.
08.16.2013 | Unregistered CommenterPABoy
According to the announcers -- who, during the argument, were speculating -- the controversy concerned the fact that, when the Euros were contemplating a complicated drop, to determine "no closer to the hole" the referee used a rangefinder. In the process, he revealed the yardage involved. The announcers speculated that Stacy considered this a form of advice while the referee said it was public information.

Even if this was the heart of the argument, there was a lot more to it... If the Euro player didn't use the relief option , who cares? What was the referee's proper role? What did the referee say to the competitors, the head referee, and the captains -- and when did he say it?

One thing which the announcers said that was incontrovertible was that the argument should not have been taken place in public. It did not help Stacy's public image, and I doubt it will sit well with the European team.
08.16.2013 | Unregistered Commenter3foot1
Would using "Pepper" and "whiner" in the same sentence not be redundant?
08.16.2013 | Unregistered CommenterDTF
Well, now that both Stacy has been proven right and Dottie as well, does that change anyone's view ? I understand an official can make a mistake, the person that I really became disgusted with was Cigada. She appeared to have no opinion or knowledge as far as the rules go and looked like a lost sheep out there.
08.16.2013 | Unregistered CommenterBrianS
Distance is public information-see decision 8-1/2.
I HAD GONE TO BED BY THE TIME THIS HAPPENED BUT IT DOES SOUND LIKE a bit of a shocker.Anyone on here see the whole thing?
08.16.2013 | Unregistered Commenterchico
The whole days play here :
08.17.2013 | Unregistered CommenterJock
Just past the 10 hour mark for the Ciganda incident.
08.17.2013 | Unregistered CommenterJock
10:08 mark you get a nice show put on by a pair of hawks.
Best part at 10:10 mark, cool they caught it on camera!

08.17.2013 | Unregistered CommenterHarold
@ BrianS ... I would think you'd be better expressing your disgust at the referees' handling of this ruling rather than taking your frustrations out on a Solheim rookie experiencing one of the worst rounds of her life.
Oh and since when did professional golfers ever looked anything other than clueless when it comes to applying the rules of the game?
I watched the whole rules incident on TV and it took 25 minutes for a decision to be made. Here, the officials needed to make a decision much more swiftly than they did. It was certainly off putting to Misses Lewis and Thompson in that they failed to win the hole. Miss Pettersen seemed to have given up on the hole after her approach went into a hazard and seen her partner's also go wayward. That Miss Cigada could pull off a hefty up-and-down after the drop had been made is to her credit. If the official blurted out a yardage by mistake, it was not the player's fault.
Or, more succinctly: Drop Zone.
08.17.2013 | Unregistered CommenterMacDuff
Jock: that video is private, so cant watch it. :(

So lame they are streaming the event, but only to countries that really dont make sense.
08.17.2013 | Unregistered CommenterM
For some reason, it was working this morning.
08.17.2013 | Unregistered CommenterJock
don't do drop zones for laterals MacDuff
08.17.2013 | Unregistered CommenterChico
I watched the rules spat after the round and you just can't imagine that happening with the men. I certainly don't mean to sound sexist (I live with 4 females, by the way), but Stacey Lewis looked like a whiney, spoiled brat and Dottie Pepper failed in her role as she should have removed Stacey from the situation and suggested a discussion behind closed doors. I was disappointed that it happened with a camera right over their backs and they certainly knew the camera was there.

Even worse was the fact that it wouldn't have changed anything. It was an "ugly American" moment that you Euros so often and proudly like to point out to us Yanks!
08.17.2013 | Unregistered CommenterChris from DE
The section of hazard running across the centre of the fairway should not have been deemed 'lateral.' After about 20-minutes of arsing around, I turned TV off and went to bed. Why aren't women officiating? Surely, there are enough qualified women to do the job? In Ireland, there were. Anyway, decision made, play on. Referees make mistakes - rub of the green. The players should sort these matters out by themselves in the true spirit of the game.
08.17.2013 | Unregistered CommenterIvan Morris
chico I was hoping for your analysis as I missed it as well. I didn't know that officials could use rangefinders when players could not.
S and T- distances are a matter of public information rather than advice so there is no problem giving the player that information.If the ruling did indeed take 25 minutes then that is too long but if you add up 2 ball searches plus getting to the opposite side of a hazard then 10 minutes soon goes.Add in all the questions and wrangling and its not hard to use up a lot of time.The ref would have been using his Bushnell to gauge the opposite margin- nothing to stop him doing that either.All that being taken into account though I think there would have been 2 refs not sleeping very well last night.We've all messed up from time to time- you just hope it never happens at such a high profile time!
08.17.2013 | Unregistered CommenterChico
@chico thanks for that clarification. (won't stop me from taking my usual Tiger drop though:~)
08.17.2013 | Unregistered CommenterMacDuff
I had it on as I was napping, and it was almost 30 minutes of down time.

Lots of blame to go around. My understanding is that she hit from 40 yards too far back, not unlike the TW Masta drop.

Lewis' continual moaning about the yardage being given to the Euro player, whether it was ok or not, was not going to change the outcome of the hole or the match. The shape of the creek and the event dictated the need for a drop circle, even if i was simply a one time local rule.

Pepper SHOULD have made Lewis shut up, and take the whole deal off camera.

Wie looked good.

Creamer and Lewis were both flat, as was Kerr at first.

It made no sense that Pressel and Korda didn't play in the afternoon.

US ''uniforms'' look like Mrs. Pavin had a hand in putting them together. Dark Navy blue in the dead of August? rrriiiggght.
08.17.2013 | Unregistered Commenterdigsouth
This debacle is another example of why golf will never grow into a mainstream sport. A player hits the ball pin high forty yards into a hazard and the best and brightest cannot figure out where the next shot should be played within 25 minutes. How appropriate that Kendra Graham was narrating the whole thing since her poor skills as an official ruined the end of regulation play at the U.S. Open in Oregon. Then, after a night of reading the arcane rules book the ruling was wrong anyway. Since this in one of the most viewed women's golf events I expect kids begging their parents to start the game...while we're young indeed.
08.17.2013 | Unregistered CommenterMuni hack
@ Chris DE I agree that the discussion and "whining" should have been done behind closed doors. That was not good for the event. That being said, as a competitor in the match, why wasn't Lewis and her partner, Thompson involved at the onset to protect themselves? They should have voiced an opinion prior to the completion of the ruling, much less wait until the match was over. You see this many times on the PGA Tour where the fellow-competitor will engage themselves in a ruling being made for another player; 1.) to protect the field, and 2.) to protect themselves. At no time did we see Lewis or Thompson get involved in the ruling discussion. Surely if they knew the proper ruling, or felt their opponent was being given an improper drop, they would have been engaged in the proceedings. On top of that, if they had interjected that they knew the proper ruling , then perhaps it wouldn't have delayed the match by some 30-minutes. Pepper did not show much leadership either. She should have gotten Lewis out of the limelight, and asked the official to discuss in private setting away from the cameras and media.
The John Cena "you can't see me" celebration is childish and unprofessional.
08.17.2013 | Unregistered CommenterChris from DE
Thankew , Pro. I was thinking that the whole time they kept showing the US women standing over by their ball, as if someone was gonna steal it. They had half an hour to argue their point!

If The hole had not been tied, it would have all ''went away'', as far as the bitchn n moanin, but I think Lewis wanted a pound of flesh, even if it was pointless.

My impressions of the (US)captaincy, and the leadership provided thus far- about a ''D'' at best. And I am neutral- I really pull for certain players, not either team.
08.17.2013 | Unregistered Commenterdigsouth
Thanks Chico, I have done a little small time officiating in local tournaments and made mistakes that I shouldn't have, I cannot imagine what these officials are putting themselves through today.

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