30 Jul '16, 12pm

Why does it seem that golf's rules are always doing more harm than good

SPRINGFIELD, N.J. — How do you know when your sport has a rules crisis? When it takes almost 15 minutes of television time and 600 words of transcript to describe it, and the folks watching still don’t really know what happened. Jordan Spieth’s adventure on the seventh hole at Baltusrol Golf Club Friday was just the latest iteration of the absurdity that is the Rules of Golf—an Encyclopedia Arcana that has become so complex that even the walking rules officials at major championships can’t be trusted to interpret it correctly, and can leave golf fans with the impression that the purpose is to hit players with nitpicking gotchas. Facebook Pinterest Getty Images It took Spieth and the official walking with his group 15 minutes to figure out how the two-time major champion could legally proceed from a puddle of water on a gravel cart path wide right of the fairway. And even a...

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