Increasing distance on the major tours isn’t news really. We’ve watched players dominate courses with the long ball going back over two decades to the Tiger Revolution.
That Lexi Thompson assumed she understood the ruling without consulting an official is hard to explain. That golf continues to be a sport filled with such complex rules that even professionals can still be caught making mistakes is unacceptable.
Justin Thomas was very careful with his words but the meaning is clear. The players are tired of disruptive crowds and the Tour needs to do something sooner than later to get things back under reasonable control again.