One-Year Wonders: The best out-of-nowhere great years in modern golf history
By the Numbers by Shane Ryan and Mark Broadie TROON, SCOTLAND - JULY 18: Todd Hamilton of USA plays...
This article takes a look at how those players who had a great year then seemed to disappear are ranked statistically.
It all boils down to the understanding players have with each other that determines if someone is a "cheater".
Over the years, I've played with serious players that try their level best to follow the rules and guys out there just belting the ball around and everything in between.
Guys out there once or twice a month are out there to have a good time. You shouldn't expect them to not improve their lie, take funny drops or give themselves every putt inside of three feet. For the casual guys I play with, it's a given. There's never any money on the line, so those guys are not cheaters. They are also not really golfers either and there's nothing wrong with that. The sport needs those guys paying for rounds.
You only get real cheaters when they are pretending to be playing a legitimate game and there is something at stake besides whatever little bit of satisfaction they get out of there less-than-legal score.