26 Feb '13, 6pm

Discuss: Are gimmes good for the game?: Golfmagic debates Rule 2-4

Discuss: Are gimmes good for the game?: Golfmagic debates Rule 2-4

Under 2-4 in the Rules of Golf you will find the following words: A player may concede his opponent’s next stroke at any time, provided the opponent’s ball is at rest. The opponent is considered to have holed out with his next stroke, and the ball may be removed by either side. Better known to you and I as the “gimme”. At last week’s WGC Matchplay Championship, Sky Sports’ Tim Barter asked some pros how long a putt they would be prepared to concede. Most said around three feet, though generous Justin Rose claimed he would probably give a five-footer if it was straight and uphill. Gimmes have provided talking points at many golf events. Back in 1990, a 20-year-old Phil Mickelson was four feet from the cup in just two strokes. His opponent, Jeff Thomas, was 25 feet away in three. To the bemusement of everyone at Cherry Hills, Mickelson conceded his opponent’s putt for a four...

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