Annika had a mental relapse apparently.  She should know the rules.  It is reported that she attended a school teaching her all the rules of golf.  Anyway, her ball ended up next to a replaced divot and she walked up to the ball and lifted half of the replaced divot.  When she realized what she had done she replaced the divot just as it was.  Probably hoping for a little compassion from the judges, she asked for a ruling.  The ruling was a two stroke penalty.  Now get this, when she hit her ball it was just as it was and the divot beside it was just as it was before her slip.  The actual playing of golf was in no way affected by the circumstances that led to a two stroke penalty.  What has all this to do with golf?  Like I said b4, it is hard enuf just as it is without the additional rules.

If the game of golf is going to have rules like this one, maybe they ought to consider some more.  Finchen should rule that golfers can not play a round in a tournament unshaven.  Real beards will be acceptable, but if a player wants to develop a beard, he must not play in tournaments while he is growing his beard.  In a similar manner, no player can use snuff while playing in a tournament event.  Have you seen guys like VJ ham it up by going up to a kick in putt and putt it in with the toe of his putter.  There should be a rule that a club can not be used in a fashion that it was not intended for.  Similarly, if a player finds his ball next to a tree and the only way he can hit it is to take out his 9 iron, turn it upside down and hit the ball left handed – if he is a rt handed golfer- should be illegal.  In fact a player should be required to announce to the tournament officials whether he is going to play the round left or right handed, and then stick with that declaration for the rest of the round.  Oh, I know baseball allows switch hitting, but baseball also allows chewing tobacco and spitting and rearranging bodily parts in front of the spectators.  Baseball and golf are in different worlds. I doubt if Finchen controls this, but golf announcers should be prevented from saying, "unforced error".  That statement only applies to tennis and hos no place in the golf vocabulary.  Also, announcers, particularly Lanny Wadkins should only be allowed five "no question" statements per round.

By the way, I have started my post on War and Peace, and by the end of the next week, or at the latest in the following week it will be posted.  I hope it will stimulate some reflection on the critical issue of war and peace.


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