Agreed - 1/2" margin of error on a 12" putt. Even George Knudson would sink 999 out of 1000 from that distance - and George was a horrific putter!
The right course of action would have been to let the tournament finish - confront Lexi with video evidence and if she admits guilt - fine her 1/2 her purse - BUT DON'T TAKE A MAJOR AWAY FROM ONE OF GOLF'S RISING STARS!
With the Asian Invasian well underway - Lexi Thompson is the brightest female star in golf - she's athletic, she hits the ball a mile, she's confident but not super outgoing (ie. mouthy).
This was an idiotic ruling - although Judge Gorsuch would confirm it (he's a letter of the law guy, right?)
In a strange twist - and sports, like life is full of twists - this bizarre event elevates Lexi Thompson into being golf's pre-eminent sportswoman. She handled it well, and she was unfairly treated.
With the sexy American stars like Paula Creamer, Michelle McGann, Stacy Lewis games in the toilet - Lexi Thompson, early 20s is NOW the IT GIRL OF AMERICAN GOLF! :cowboy: