Jim Souhan: Maybe it's time to disqualify the Rules of Golf

  • Article by: JIM SOUHAN , Star Tribune
  • Updated: June 11, 2013 - 2:56 AM

Let’s hope more arcane rulings don’t play a role in the U.S. Open.

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larbo1Jun. 9, 1310:25 PM

I disagree. It's unfortunate if a player or his/her caddy makes a mistake, but who is to determine if a mistake is made accidently (or intentionally) and is inconsequential. Are we to trust the players or the officials to make these decisions? The rules are in place to cover every scenario no matter how unusual. Unfortunately, sometimes the unusual happens. A few of the mistakes listed in the article are so obvious that the player deserves to be penalized. As a side note, I think TV viewers should not be able to call into a tournament to point out a rules violation. Let the players and on-site officials handle it.

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beenthere05Jun. 9, 1310:39 PM

I disagree Mr. Souhan. First of all, who is to be the one who decides on which rule is cheating and not an oops. The one change I would like to see made is to to eliminate the call in detective from altering the tournament.

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fishstixJun. 9, 1310:59 PM

souhan's a great writer but this article is not one of his best efforts. it has all the depth of a 6th grade paper. Here is his "solution:" Imagine if, instead of an arcane and lengthy rule book, golf was governed by one simple rule: Each player will try to put the ball in the hole in as few strokes as possible without taking an unfair advantage. If a player cheats, he or she should be penalized harshly. If a player inadvertently makes an inconsequential mistake, he or she should not be penalized at all. It's totally preposterous. Life isn't that simple, Jim.

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fishstixJun. 9, 1311:48 PM

apply souhan's simple rules to other sports: in baseball the players would govern themselves. the runner stealing a base would get to decide if he was safe; the batter would decide if it were a ball or a strike. in football the receiver's would decide if it were a catch, etc... and we all could decide how much was a fair amount to pay in taxes. the comman man on kfan likes to say: he's either on to something or on something. jim is clearly the latter.

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nonewtaxesJun. 10, 13 4:53 AM

Sounds like this guy is part of the self esteem movement. Rules matter.

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nomedsJun. 10, 13 6:11 AM

The person calling into the Master's wasn't the reason Woods was penalized. The officials looked at the tape and did not penalize Woods. It was Woods' own statements that led to him being penalized.

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sgjsdadJun. 10, 13 6:19 AM

Each of you sounds like the people who sit in their living rooms with a bag of chips and a few beverages and just can't wait to call in violations while watching golf tournaments. Souhan is right; cheating is one thing but dumb 'rules' are just ridiculous. Especially the one they hit Dustin Johnson with at the PGA. If an area is a considered a 'bunker' by local rules then why was the gallery permitted to walk, sit (on folding captain's chairs), stand, move around and watch the tournament from those areas???? When is the last time you saw patrons allowed to set up shop in a bunker at any tournament? Dumb rule, not cheating by Johnson. And golf has a lot of dumb rules!

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jtuder1Jun. 10, 13 7:30 AM

Not all of the examples cited here are equally silly applications of the rules. But "mistakes on the card" should be taken out of the game. Real-time scoring is happening at the course and on the television. These mistakes don't give anyone an unfair advantage, and are just a "gotcha!" at this point.

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ActTwoJun. 10, 13 8:27 AM

The only thing that needs to change is to quit answering the phone when "rules guy" calls in from his couch. Until the NBA starts letting us call in every time Tony Parker or DeWayne Wade takes 3 steps, the PGA needs to stop answering the phone.

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hagfan50Jun. 10, 13 8:31 AM

Wow! Souhan had to go back 70 yrs to make a point? The rules can't be too bad, for him to go back that far for examples. There could be a couple of tweeks that could be done, but for the most part, these rules are needed to spell out solutions for things that can happen on the course. Golf is the ultimate gentlemens game. Lets keep it that way.

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