Phil Mickelson sparks controversy at Torrey Pines by including a golf club in his bag that has grooves the PGA tour deems illegal. A lawsuit dating back more than a decade filed by clubmaker Ping has led to a loophole allowing such a club made before 1990 to be allowable on the course.
Mickelson has taken advantage of that loophole. Fellow golfer Scott McCarron is less than pleased by his decision.
Rocco Mediate: "You look for a loophole? Why? That makes me crazy. Use the grooves we’re supposed to use, and that’s enough. It’s going to cause a problem.”
"It's a terrible rule. To change something that has this kind of loophole is nuts," Mickelson said. "But it's not up to me or any other player to interpret what the rule is or the spirit of the rule. I understand black and white. And I think that myself or any other player is allowed to play those clubs because they're approved - end of story."
Don't ask Phil to pose with his club, either.