MONDAY | OCTOBER 23, 2017
by Mike Purkey

Although it’s sometimes inconvenient, often confusing and at times seemingly unfair, we can’t play golf without the rules.

Even when we don’t know how to enforce them evenly and fairly.

Over the weekend, a rules kerfuffle in Korea was so outlandish and outrageous as to baffle any reasonable person or the most experienced rules expert.

 



Players, not the game, are at fault

You can't compare the pace of play in golf to the shot clock in basketball or other time restrictions in baseball or football (“From the Morning Read inbox,” Oct. 20, http://bit.ly/2xTbzxZ). In those sports, it's the game that's slow; in golf, it's the players who are slow.

 


3

Number of career PGA Tour victories, among seven in his career, that American Justin Thomas has won in Asia after he claimed the inaugural CJ Cup at Nine Bridges on Jeju Island, South Korea. Thomas made a two-putt birdie Sunday on Nine Bridges Golf Club’s par-5 18th, the second hole of a sudden-death playoff, to defeat Australian Marc Leishman. They had tied at 9-under 279 after Thomas posted an even-par 72 in the final round and Leishman shot 70. Australian Cameron Smith (70) finished third at 8-under 280. Thomas, 24, is the Tour’s reigning player of the year after a five-victory season (scores: http://bit.ly/2hQyFzr).

 



Announced: That he will begin his mandatory military service in South Korea, Seung-yul Noh, 26, a one-time winner on the PGA Tour. Noh said that he intends to enter the service, which is mandatory for all South Korean males ages 18-35, in November. Noh tied for 36th in the CJ Cup at Nine Bridges in the PGA Tour’s debut in South Korea on Sunday. It was expected to be his final Tour event.

 


CALENDAR
October 26-29
PGA Tour: WGC HSBC Champions
Sheshan International Golf Club, Shanghai
LPGA: Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia
TPC Kuala Lumpur, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
PGA Tour: Sanderson Farms Championship
Country Club of Jackson (Miss.)
Amateur: Asia-Pacific Amateur
Royal Wellington GC, Upper Hutt, New Zealand
October 27-29
Champions Tour: PowerShares QQQ Championship
Sherwood CC, Thousand Oaks, Calif.

      
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