Golf: Defeated by the Rule

Few sports are so rulebound as tournament golf. A competitor can be penalized for carrying more than 14 clubs in his bag (two strokes for each excess club), for accidentally moving a ball (one stroke), for playing too slowly (two strokes), or for wiping mud off his ball (two strokes). Yet few are so strict or so harsh in their application as Rule No. 38, which holds a player responsible for the accuracy of his scorecard —even though he does not keep his own score. His opponent does: each player checks his score,...

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