Stand-up guys in a game of integrity

August 17, 2020 05:07 PM

Integrity plays a fundamental role in golf, as Alex Miceli points out. He offers exhibits A and B from recent action. How the affected players handled seemingly adverse situations “is so refreshing to see,” Miceli says. Consider Argentina’s Segundo Oliva Pinto, who was playing the 18th hole of a tied Round of 16 match with American Tyler Strafaci in the U.S. Amateur. With his ball in a greenside bunker at Bandon Dunes, Oliva Pinto lost the hole after his caddie stepped into the bunker and tested the sand, a no-no under the Rules of Golf. Strafaci went on to win the Havemeyer Trophy. A week earlier, an incident at the PGA Championship elevated Rory McIlroy’s stature in the game. McIlroy declined to take advantage of a favorable drop in the rough. As McIlroy said, “Golf is a game of integrity.” Contrast those actions with what Patrick Reed did in December at the Hero World Challenge, Miceli says. Yep, no comparison.

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