From the Rough

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Archive for April 18th, 2010

Brian Davis and Bobby Jones have a lot in common after Verizon Heritage playoff defeat

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The scene was the 1925 U.S. Open at Worcester Country Club in Worcester, Mass., and Bobby Jones was in the hunt for his second major championship.

As Jones prepared to hit a shot out of the rough late in the tournament, he noticed that his ball had moved ever so slightly during address. His playing competitor, Walter Hagan, never saw the incident. The same went for his caddy and the spectators watching his round. The pressure was placed squarely on Jones to make the right call.

Unlike other sports where a referee makes the final decision on a penalty or foul, golf lives by different set of rules. These rules of course include putting the onus of calling a penalty on yourself. The ability to live or die with that decision is one that makes golf such an honorable sport. Read the rest of this entry »

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Written by Jonathan Wall

04/18/2010 at 10:26 pm