STACY LEWIS'S STRANGE PENALTY
Ritter: Stacy Lewis was penalized two shots on Saturday night after TV video revealed that her caddie, Travis Wilson, hopped into a fairway bunker and used his foot to test the sand's firmness as Lewis contemplated her shot. Who takes most of the blame: the caddie, Lewis, or television, which tracked her every shot and provided indisputable evidence of the violation?
Garrity: I'm quick to blame TV when Slo-Mo catches violations that can't be seen by the naked eye in real time, but this isn't one of those cases. If Wilson flexed his knees and scrunched his foot, he tested the sand. Case closed.
Godich: A caddie isn't asked to do a lot, but he or she better know two things: the boss's tee time and the rules.
Van Sickle: The caddie for Stacy Lewis gets the blame. His mistake, his blame. He should know the rules better than that. Besides, the caddie shouldn't be setting foot in the bunker before his player hits the shot in the first place. Cardinal sin. That said, Stacy should keep Wilson around. That's one mistake he'll never make again.
Walker: The caddie took responsibility, as he should have. I don't have any problem with people calling in violations from television.
Lynch: Unless a TV cameraman was pulling extra duty as her caddy, the medium is blameless. It's all on the bagman.
THE NEW NO. 1
Ritter: Despite the penalty, Lewis still won the Founders Cup and ended Yani Tseng's 109-week stranglehold on the No. 1 ranking. Feels like we're at the start of a new era on the LPGA, doesn't it? Who, if anyone, do you see as Lewis's biggest challengers this season?
Godich: We haven't heard the last of Yani. She's in a bit of a slump, but she just hits it too far to be dismissed.
Wei: Lewis's performance on Sunday was very impressive, especially since she started from four strokes back and Ai Miyazato is no slouch. It was almost shocking to see her mess up and double the 16th. All credit to Lewis, though, who found a way to find the positive out of the unfortunate two-shot penalty on 16 in the third round. I think her biggest challenger will be Yani Tseng, who hasn't been playing well in the last year. Maybe the pressure of not being No. 1 will be a relief and we'll start seeing results again.
Walker: Na Yeon Choi looks like the most formidable challenger for Lewis. It won't be an American player. Lewis is the only American in the Top 10.
Van Sickle: Since there's no heir apparent on the horizon, I'll go with Yani Tseng as the most likely candidate to be the next No. 1 in women's golf. Lewis seems like she just keeps getting better and better. Yani was too dazzling to go away. Maybe it's a new era, maybe not. There's got to be a Lexi Thompson or Lydia Ko or some big-hitting teenager about to bust loose on this tour soon. No idea who that'll be, though.
Morfit: As Rory has proved this year, when you get to No. 1 the biggest challenge comes from no single competitor but all of the added demands and expectations that go with it. In this case, Lewis might benefit, albeit just a little, by the relative lack of attention the LPGA gets.
Garrity: This season? Don't know. I'm waiting for Lydia Ko to get her card.
Ritter: Lewis is a great for the Tour and a cool story. More than any adversary, I think her biggest challenge this season will be the new pressure that comes from being No. 1 -- and I think she's ready for it.
Lynch: Even if it is a new era, will anyone notice?