by Mike Purkey

The Rules of Golf can be imperfect, confusing, confounding, arcane and often difficult to interpret. But they are sacred.

Not for your Saturday morning foursome when someone hits it OB and you play it like you would a lateral hazard to save time and keep from backing up the rest of the course. Not when you play “ready golf” instead of waiting for who’s away. And not for when you play winter rules in the summer.



One in a weekly series of stories about golf gear to run each Wednesday.

By Gary Van Sickle

Fourteen months later, the other shoe (with or without spikes) still hasn’t dropped. It was May of 2017 when golf’s governing bodies, the USGA and R&A, announced they were looking into whether green-reading books should be allowed.

It was a buy-one-get-one-free bombshell. First, most recreational golfers and golf fans had never heard of green-reading books and maps and had no idea that many PGA Tour pros used them. Second, those maps were considered so helpful for putting that they might be banned? That sounds like something the worst putters in the world – us – really could use.


Hawkins lurks as dinosaur with a laptop

Well, well. We have a living dinosaur trying to bring back John Wayne, stick shifts on the column, persimmon clubs and 1-iron blades (“Get a grip, dude, and ban the bro-hug,” July 3).

C'mon, man. This is not 1953, and we don't have Ben Hogan trying to stare a hole through Sam Snead. These guys are all multimillionaires, and they’re having a fun time taking corporate America's money that was foisted from us. Let them have their fun.


Released: By the PGA Tour, a statement addressing allegations by Joel Dahmen that playing competitor Sung Kang “cheated” when he took a wrong drop after hitting his second shot into a water hazard left of the par-5 10th fairway during Sunday’s final round of the Quicken Loans National. “A PGA Tour rules official handled the ruling, interviewing both players, caddies and marshals in the vicinity. The official then took Kang back to where he hit his second shot, and Kang confirmed his original belief that his shot had indeed crossed the margin of the hazard. With no clear evidence to prove otherwise, it was determined by the official that Kang could proceed with his fourth shot as intended, following a penalty stroke and subsequent drop. The PGA Tour will have no additional comment on this matter.” Kang got up and down for par and ultimately finished third. He also earned a berth in the British Open via the Open Qualifying Series.



Number of years that Rory McIlroy has served as tournament host of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open, which begins Thursday at Ballyliffin (Ireland) Golf Club. This will be the final year as the Irish Open frontman for McIlroy, a four-time major champion from Northern Ireland whose foundation hosts the tournament (tee times).




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Co-hosts Bob Bubka and Jay Randolph Jr. discuss Francesco Molinari, who cruised to victory at the PGA Tour’s Quicken Loans National, and Tiger Woods, who tied for fourth. In Groove Up with Vertical Groove Golf, David Toms’ victory in the U.S. Senior Open and John Daly’s latest outburst merit attention. Alex Miceli, the founder and publisher of Morning Read, appears on the Vertical Groove Hotline.

July 2-4
Men's amateur: Sahalee Players Championship

Sahalee CC, Sammamish, Wash.

July 5-8
European Tour: Dubai Duty Free Irish Open

Ballyliffin (Ireland) GC

PGA Tour: Greenbrier Classic

Old White TPC, White Sulphur Springs, W.Va. Tour: Lecom Health Challenge

Peek’n Peak Resort, Clymer, N.Y.

LPGA: Thornberry Creek LPGA Classic

Thornberry Creek (Legends), Oneida, Wis.

July 6-8
Men’s/women’s college: Arnold Palmer Cup

Evian Resort GC, Evian-les-Bains, France

12700 Sunrise Valley Dr, Suite 300, Reston, Virginia 20191
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