Paige Spiranac believes the time has come to finally allow free drops when finding a divot in the fairway.
Spiranac made her feelings be known on Twitter last night after watching Lee Westwood send his drive scampering down the heart of the fairway on the par-4 18th hole at Bay Hill in the final round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational, only for it to end up in a divot.
Cue more debate on whether you should get a free drop from a divot...— Underpin Sports (@UnderpinSports) March 7, 2021
Great par and week from Westwood, up to No 6 in the world for DeChambeau after his eighth win on Tourpic.twitter.com/2capIH9xVk
Westwood, who trailed his playing partner Bryson DeChambeau by one shot down the final hole, duly sent his mid-iron into the heart of the green but could only match the American's par to finish in the runner-up spot.
Spiranac tweeted in capital letters: "YOU SHOULD GET FREE DROPS FROM DIVOTS IN THE FAIRWAY"
YOU SHOULD GET FREE DROPS FROM DIVOTS IN THE FAIRWAY— Paige Spiranac (@PaigeSpiranac) March 7, 2021
This isn't the first time the issue has been raised in the game. Far from it. It's been a talking point for many years.
It was certainly an even bigger talking point off the back of Spiranac's tweet on Sunday night.
Check out some of the tweets:
That’s an absolutely honkin rule, perfect drive, rolls into a divot in the centre of the fairway. Should be able to take it out 100% #Westwood— Christopher Thomson (@ChrissyT1874) March 7, 2021
Anyone who says golf is fair, ask Westwood’s freakin divot lie lololol— Kirk Oguri (@KIRKOGURI) March 7, 2021
No yours is a bad take— Paige Spiranac (@PaigeSpiranac) March 7, 2021
Couldn’t agree more. I always take the free drop when I play. You should never be punished for a good shot— Jared Kelhart (@jaredkelhart) March 7, 2021
Plenty of good shots get randomly penalised and plenty bad shots get rewarded depending on the bounce. Just accept it (don't have to like it), hit the damn thing and move on— cd_1976 (@colindonnet) March 8, 2021
No way! Do you want relief from a plugged lie in the bunker too? Best and worst thing about golf is the breaks you get or don’t get.— Brent Henley (@BRENTHENLEY) March 8, 2021
Right?! Bryson gets relief greenside bc he claims the sprinkler is impeding his stance, yet Westwood will have to hit out of a divot in the middle of the fairway on 18 trying to catch him SMH— Mike Battista (@Mike_Battista) March 7, 2021