Rickie Fowler suffered an unlucky penalty final week through the WGC-Mexico Championship when he dropped a ball from shoulder peak as an alternative of knee peak. The USGA and R&A modified the drop peak heading into this 12 months to hopefully stop a number of drops.
After the penalty, Fowler instructed the media:
“I believe, with the brand new guidelines which have been put in place, it’s not doing any favors for our sport. I believe it should undoubtedly be modified. We now have been making enjoyable of the knee drop for thus lengthy that it was ingrained the primary time I took a drop this 12 months. Like, ‘That is an iconic second. I get to drop from my knee and look silly.’ So, no, like I stated, it was on me, however I believe it’s a horrible change.”
Whereas I perceive Fowler’s frustration with the change contemplating it has been accomplished a method for so long as I can bear in mind, the change ought to profit professionals if accomplished appropriately as it’s a lot nearer to putting the ball than it initially was.
On Thursday, through the first spherical of the Honda Basic, Fowler wanted a drop and mainly summed up his emotions about dropping from knee peak in a single fast movement.