Originally posted on The Pin Sheet  |  Last updated 5/1/13
Here's your May 1st Pin Sheet: The PGA TOUR's statement dropping the Vijay Singh "deer antler" case.  Kudos if you understand what in the hell happened just from reading this. Jason Sobel tries to explain with the help of "A Few Good Men":  "So, let’s review that one more time: Singh took a substance, later found out it was banned, admitted his guilt, was sanctioned as a penalty, appealed the sanction and was acquitted on all charges when WADA claimed the substance isn’t prohibited – even though he was originally sanctioned because he admitted guilt, not because he used it." Rex Hoggard says this is the right decision:  "This was about justice – slow and minutia filled and sometimes, like in the curious case of Vijay Singh, entirely unexpected. A slam dunk in doping parlance, turned into a slippery slope over the last few weeks that luckily, for both golf and Singh, had an emergency exit." Randall Mell makes the obligatory counter-argument:  "It’s about that scientist in the lab and the possibility he will find a substance that will help a golfer hit a ball longer and straighter, or putt with more focus, or with less nervousness, or concentrate more singularly when pressure is ratcheted the highest. It’s about the possibility a new breed of golfer may be coming to the sport which is more steeped in Olympic traditions than the ancient game of golf’s traditions. It’s about the day those practiced scientists find those new golfers." Right.  Back to golf. Webb Simpson gears up for US Open defense in his backyard:  "Furthermore, this tournament, where he finished fourth last year, is an important stop on the slow march to Merion. He will be in The Players Championship and the Memorial between now and the U.S. Open, but this is home, where it feels the best to hear the announcer on the first tee call him a U.S. Open champion." About those greens at Quail Hollow:  "Presently, six greens could create potential problems — and alter approaches to the greens. Patches of troubled grass could lead tournament officials to shorten some of the holes to allow players to use wedges and 9-irons for shots into the greens instead of 4-irons and 3-irons." Ian Poulter withdraws.  So does Dustin Johnson. Tiger commits to Players Championship. Mercedes becomes new Masters global sponsor.  It's okay, we're all thinking it:  Mercedes golf carts barrelling up and down the fairways.   PGA and R&A not on the same page regarding anchoring:  "PGA of America president Ted Bishop has been vocal about his opposition to the proposed rule that would ban the anchored stroke used for long putters. Royal & Ancient chief executive Peter Dawson last week referred to Bishop's public comments as a "campaign."" H/T Dawn for this fascinating look at the physics of driver loft (nerd it up, people):  "The low loft of a golf driver is very surprising from the perspective of physics.  Everyone in freshman physics learns that the optimal launch angle for a projectile – the angle that makes a ball fly the farthest – is 45 degrees.  But 45 degrees is the angle of a pitching wedge, which (as every golfer knows) hits the ball less than half as far as a driver."
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