Wednesday 22 November 2017

Harrington hopes to find his groove in eye of Ping storm

Karl MacGinty

Padraig Harrington has pitched himself into the 'Ping-Eye' of one of the biggest storms to hit professional golf.

Harrington has been testing a controversial Ping-Eye 2 wedge and admits he's sorely tempted to follow Phil Mickelson's example and put it in his bag tomorrow for his first competitive round of 2010 at the Northern Trust Open in Los Angeles.

Scott McCarron accused Mickelson of "cheating" when he carried one of the rule-busting wedges at last week's Farmers Insurance Open, an assertion which drew a threat of legal action.

Ping clubs manufactured before April 1, 1990, are exempt from new rules banning box grooves from professional golf on foot of an out-of-court settlement in the US at that time between the manufacturer and the United States Golf Association.

In testing, Harrington has discovered "a significant advantage" for users of the old box-grooved club instead of the approved V-grooves. So Harrington was keeping fingers crossed that PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem might resolve the dilemma when he makes a statement today.

"I'm kind of waiting to see what the Tour's direction will be," said the Dubliner. "I'm preparing myself for all eventualities.

"Because we govern ourselves when we play golf, we have to strenuously stick to the rules. So they must be black and white. The problem here is that it is black and white -- it (the Ping-Eye 2) is legal."

Irish Independent

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