Absurd golf rules ruin sport

Absurd golf rules ruin sport

There are 3 comments on the Journal Gazette story from Sep 7, 2010, titled Absurd golf rules ruin sport. In it, Journal Gazette reports that:

Sometimes I think it went like this: Six or eight guys sitting in a back room late one night, passing around a 100-year-old bottle of single-malt Scotch.

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#1 Sep 7, 2010
A silly article. These golf rules have been around forever. Golf is about rules. The rule that got Furyk was made in 2004 because too many pros were missing the pro-am. Grounding the club in a sand trap has been around as long as I have been playing golf. There was a notice in the locker rooms regarding the sand traps. Johnson even admitted he should have read the notice. Inkster should have known about the rule she broke or, at the least, a question mark should have entered her brain.
Now, granted, some rules in golf are ridiculous. But, they are still in the rule book so that means that neither the players or the officials have questioned the silliness of them in the past. Not one player complained about getting screwed. They all admitted they should have known better. The writer of this story is making a mockery of the rules of golf, in general, by his attempt at humor. Maybe all this publicity will have the players committee and the league officials take another look at some of the rules and make a change.
People tend to forget the the game of golf is a game of rules--always has been and always will be--and yes, the rules can be changed, the sillier ones, if the players and the officials get together.
Mo Money

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#2 Sep 8, 2010
I like the rules, although I believe there must be a more clear/concise way to write and list them.(USGA get to work on that)

What I don't like are some of the rulings. One comes to mind. The ruling that allowed Woods to have fans (or anyone other than the player) move a boulder (loose impediment) that was blocking his shot.

How could this apply to the golfing populace? It can't and should not have been allowed under the rule.(Shame on the Officials!- take a penalty drink!)

I think if you're going to play any game, know the rules.

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#3 Sep 9, 2010
Yeah, they do need to re-visit the rules regarding the fans. The fans, as you said, helped Tiger remove a loose impediment--not against the rules--I have seen fans remove leaves-twigs-etc- when a player drives the ball into the woods. Fans also help find lost balls--They can call in rules violations, which might not be too bad since officials cannot watch every player at ALL times.
But, it is up to the players/PGA/LPGA and the USGA to change rules and, so far, it hasn't happened. Finchem did suspend, temporarily, the rule that got Furyk.

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