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THORNIEST CONTROVERSIES
Jim Gorant
December 12, 2005
In the age of the 24-hour news cycle, one man's controversy is another's overblown nonevent. How then does one pick golf's controversy of the year? There was no shortage of dustups to choose from, so we went with a scientific approach (sort of). We came up with 11 elements that figure into any good public brouhaha and then charted how many of those elements apply to each of 2005's contenders. We have a winner. [This article contains a table. Please see hardcopy of magazine or PDF.]
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December 12, 2005

Thorniest Controversies

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Controversy Recap Senior CartsGeezers angry about Champions tour cart ban Appearance FeesTop Tour players receive cash to play in pretournament pro-am Monty's Bad DropColin Montgomerie gets caught improving his lie after a rain delay SpikegateVijay and Phil feud over spiked-up greens at Augusta Christina Kim @ Solheim Cup Excitable Cup rookie pours on the partisanship Tiger Splits PGATwo shots out of a playoff, Woods blows off the Monday finish Wie Debut DQTeen phenom disqualified after her illegal drop comes to light Phil Just Says NoWorld No. 3 takes a pass on the Tour Championship Creamer v. SorenstamRookie and superstar get heated over where Sorenstam's ball crossed a hazard
Breach of Decorum Bonus (2 points) Standard (1 point) Bonus (2 points) Bonus (2 points) Double Bonus (3 points) Standard (1 point)
Breach of Rules Standard (1 point) Standard (1 point)
Distasteful Behavior Bonus (2 points) Bonus (2 points) Standard (1 point) Standard (1 point) Standard (1 point)
Closed-door Meetings Standard (1 point) Standard (1 point) Standard (1 point) Standard (1 point)
Official Sanctions Standard (1 point)
Threat of Legal Action Standard (1 point) Standard (1 point)
Personal Rancor Standard (1 point) Standard (1 point) Standard (1 point) Bonus (2 points) Standard (1 point) Standard (1 point) Standard (1 point)
Chance of Fisticuffs Double Bonus (3 points) Bonus (2 points) Standard (1 point)
Flight Problems Standard (1 point) Standard (1 point) Standard (1 point) Standard (1 point) Standard (1 point)
Initiated by SI Writer Standard (1 point)
Media Frenzy Standard (1 point) Standard (1 point) Bonus (2 points) Bonus (2 points) Double Bonus (3 points) Standard (1 point)
Points 3 5 10 11 5 9 6 5 4

In the age of the 24-hour news cycle, one man's controversy is another's overblown nonevent. How then does one pick golf's controversy of the year? There was no shortage of dustups to choose from, so we went with a scientific approach (sort of). We came up with 11 elements that figure into any good public brouhaha and then charted how many of those elements apply to each of 2005's contenders. We have a winner.

[This article contains a table. Please see hardcopy of magazine or PDF.]



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