Sport: Par Cut Off at the Knees

On the rules of golf and other merciless inventions of man

How Golfer Craig Stadler came to own a $37,000 pair of trousers has nothing to do with a paroled bank robber who served 4 1/2 years in federal prison. Stadler's startling disqualification of two weeks ago is a complicated parable about the relative weight of rules. But it helps to view the affair from the vantage point of Rick Meissner, late of the golf circuit, who in lieu of a more traditional backer knocked off 19 savings and loans as he toured.

A hopeful player of not inconsiderable gifts, Meissner qualified for U.S. Opens at Hazeltine and Winged Foot during the...

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