integrity vs. inane

I LOVE golf and love that it is a game of integrity. I love that it has rules that are enforced by the players themselves. BUT this rule that if your ball moves by an outside agency after you have addressed it causes a one stroke penalty is inane and stupid. Since golf tournaments are about determining who is the best golfer that day, this rule is contrary. Webb Simpson recently lost the Zurich Open in New Orleans as a result of this silly rule. He has now been penalized in the US Open by this rule. The rules are to make sure no player gains an unfair advantage over his opponent by improving his lie or by moving his ball closer to the hole etc. In this situation the ball usually moves no more that a half an inch and a lot of times away from the hole! How has the player gained an advantage? It is high time the PGA and R & A get together and amend this rule. Where is the integrity when someone loses a million dollar purse because the ball oscillates a half an inch away from the hole.

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