Cables in the Trees at Augusta

Strange to note the unusual Phil Mickelson affair on 11 today. Phil hammers it deep into the trees and pretends he’s a weekend hacker by trying some crazed punch out and rattling it off the trees, deeper into the woods.

And just when you think he’s dead, he gets relief from some cables that were for some reason running through the trees to the left of the fairway. Augusta is in remarkable condition, but what’s the deal with some cables running into the woods? Why in the world were they there? It all reminded me of Ernie Els strange relief ruling from a pile of cut branches deep in the woods at Augusta a few years back.

In the end, Phil managed to make a bogey.

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A bestselling author and award-winning columnist, Robert Thompson has been writing about business and sports, and particularly golf, for almost two decades. His reporting and commentary on golf has appeared in Golf Magazine, the Globe and Mail, T&L Golf and many other media outlets. Currently Robert is a columnist with Global Golf Post, golf analyst for Global News and Shaw Communications, and Senior Writer to ScoreGolf. The Going for the Green blog was launched in 2004.

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  • I seem to remember reading somewhere that Augusta has installed permanent fibre-optic cabling throughout the course so when CBS shows up each year they can just plug in their cameras and avoid the unsightly cables we see every other week on tour.

    That would probably explain why it was ruled as an immovable obstruction, unlike a normal week when the cables can simply be moved.

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