The LPGA event in Rancho Mirage ended in clusterfuck fashion on Sunday as Lexi Thompson lost a three shot lead because of a dumb penalty brought about by a viewer email – which would be the opposite of an awesome way to end a tournament. 

Since the whole thing is just surreal, I will let ESPN handle the recap of the bizarre events:

The fateful email arrived during Sunday’s final round, alerting officials to the violation committed Saturday. Thompson marked a 1-foot putt with a coin on the 17th green during her third round, but she replaced the ball perhaps 1 inch out of position.

After an extensive video review, Thompson was penalized 2 strokes for an incorrect ball placement and 2 strokes for an incorrect scorecard.

Thompson fought back tears after the penalty was announced.  She forced a playoff with three birdies but eventually lost to So Yeon Ryu.

The whole thing is incredibly awful.  And I am not alone in saying this:

No sporting event should be decided by someone watching at home – which is something I never thought I would have to say, but here we are.