TAP IN SHORT PUTTS, DON’T MARK BALL

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e all sym­pa­thise with poor Lexi, she is a lovely girl. Harsh penalty, but we all knew the rules, they were not changed to pun­ish her for fun. She didn’t do it on pur­pose, al­though she moved the ball at least an inch (it wouldn’t make sense, she was only a foot from the hole). But that shows two things: tap the ball in when so close, with­out touch­ing it, and con­cen­trate if you do touch. I per­son­ally would im­pose a two-shot penalty on any golfer who puts hand in pocket to find a marker when ly­ing so close to a hole (I’d make it two feet range).That alone would save half an hour per player per round.And au­thor­i­ties com­plain about slow play. As for fair­ness, re­mem­ber the US Women’s Open last year.Anna Nordqvist moved two grains of sand on her back­swing in a fair­way bunker. Did she im­prove her lie? No. But she lost it there and then. I was shocked how calmly she ac­cepted the penalty, not even ask­ing to see ev­i­dence. No tantrums and tears. No­body ever asked her about it and sym­pa­thised with her, and no changes to rules pro­posed. Mike Zubrinic

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