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Heated debate breaks out over whether this college golfer walked in her opponent's line

February 28, 2023

As yours truly found out last week, the fine folks Golf Twitter can be a passionate bunch. That passion was on fully display once again on Monday evening, when a clip of a college golfer allegedly walking in her opponent's line at the Darius Rucker Intercollegiate went viral.

In the video, you'll see LSU Women's golfer Carla Tejedo Mulet, a junior from Spain, rolling in a birdie putt on the 18th hole at Long Cove Club to post a one-over 72. You'll also see one of her playing partners enter frrom stage right and walk directly through the line Tejedo Mulet's putt was on, though the player was technically walking behind the ball. Have a look for yourself:

Given the fact this event is three rounds of stroke play and not match play, these two are not facing off, so to speak. But they are still playing against each other in a tournament, and this is not a move you typically see on a week-to-week basis when watching golf. The fact it has half a million views tells you it certainly struck a nerve with Golf Twitter. 

The thing is, the player didn't literally "walk in her line." That would be if she did it before Tejedo Mulet struck the putt or was still reading it. The optics of her walking across it while the putt was still rolling, a putt Tejedo Mulet would like to see roll in all the way, are not great, however. Just ask these people:

All fair points. But let's not make it out to be some criminal offense here. Plus, as many pointed out, she had already putted and the player walked behind the ball, so it's really not her line anymore. People are seriously mad because for one split second, Tejedo Mulet's view of her putt was slightly blocked? Not to mention she saw it go in anyway. 

How about this for an all-time pull by Twitter user Tony Darby:

Well, well, well, would you look at that. Nobody died here. Fred Couples went on to win. He's not still having nightmares from someone walking in his line well after he struck an eagle putt in the damn Players Championship. Everybody relax. Now, having said that, this is still an odd and very avoidable move, but s--t happens.