The Loop

Which is it, Phil?

February 13, 2009

Phil Mickelson on the USGA's new V-groove rule, then and now:

Aug. 5, 2008 -- "I like the V-groove rule. I have no problem with that because I feel like it's more a challenging thing for a player to judge shots out of the first cut of the rough or out of the rough; judge fliers; is the ball going to spin, how is it going to come out. And I like that challenge and I feel like it gives me a better chance, I believe, as well as I think it will affect some of the course setups."

Feb. 3, 2009 -- "I don't think that this particular rule change will have an effect on the game."

-- John Strege