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  1. What is with the ugly matching shirts a number of the guys have been wearing Day, Finau, Fleetwood, Pieters?
  2. I believe the USGA added it to their appendix and it had been in the R&A appendix. The USGA had always dissuaded players from removing stones in the bunker whereas it was the norm outside of the US. The other difference I recall from my younger years was that the R&A allowed the use of the smaller "british ball" and the USGA did not.
  3. I just looked it up and the USGA added that local rule in 2004
  4. It has been universal for the R&A Rules since Adam was a lad but was only recently adopted as an allowable local rule by the USGA. I think that may have been the final item that made the two group's rules identical.
  5. i'm pulling for a Noren vs Thomas match.
  6. I have about 30 years with precisely the opposite experience. I play about 10 member/guest tournements per year at different clubs. 9 out of 10 will be bracket style four-ball match play and one will be a Ryder cup mixture. Most of the stroke play events I come across are one day lunch plus golf informal/fun affairs. How do you play a stroke play skins game?
  7. Interesting I have seen numerous articles that outside of the professional tour the vast majority of play in the US is still match play. Nassau, skins, better-ball etc. Match play or stable ford is probably most common outside of the US.
  8. I play often in the early morning when there is a lot of dew. If a caddie touches the line of putt (often with the end of the flag stick), it leaves a visible mark that can be used as an aim point. I assume this will not be allowed since it creates and advantage?
  9. I seem to recall Faldo saying years ago that if there were no sponsorships they all would be playing Mizuno.
  10. I have played them. Six out of 10 have public access. I am a member of two and get on one more based on reciprocity. The others took a bit of networking and schmoozing.
  11. Royal County Down -- best course The Old Course -- best town and always in awe North Berwick -- most fun Lahinch -- What Ireland is all about Augusta -- best experience, fried chicken and olives Kingsbarns -- most dramatic Fishers Island -- most scenic Ballybunion -- best craic Cypress -- best combination of scenery and shot value The Misquamicut Club -- Home
  12. The concept of ready golf is being pushed to include ignoring honors from the tee in stroke play in order to speed play if any player can hit safely. Here is what we are doing at St Andrews (Scotland): Ready Golf Over the past year or so there has been quite some discussion on this subject by the golf authorities and club golfers in general. In the past, the etiquette of golf always gave the “honour” to the player with the lowest score at one hole in medal play to tee up first at each hole once the 1st hole has been played. So now we, The St Andrews Golf Club, would like to slightly amend the way we play in stroke-play events by adopting Ready Golf. Studies have shown that an average additional time that 3 or 4 people take per hole under the etiquette system, is 100 seconds for a 3 ball and 125 seconds for a 4 ball. The problem arises from the order in which the group plays from the tee. If the “honour” is with a golfer who must wait for the group in front to clear to a safe distance before he can play, the delay is estimated to be 3 minutes at its longest. In an average round, therefore, not counting par 3s, there is a potential saving of up to 42minutes per round. If we could see even a 30 minute saving per round that would be a great benefit to us all. Some members of the Club are currently using this method, but it is not the norm. The Committee of Management is now asking members to start adopting the Ready Golf method in an effort to speed up play. If you are safely able to play when the group in front of you are out of range please do so regardless of the scoring at the previous hole. Prior to teeing off in a stroke play competition please try to make sure that the Ready Golf method is promoted. Thank you all in advance. This will not apply to Matchplay events.
  13. True. The only time the hole by hole net score matters in stroke play events (or qualifying rounds) is under many "match of cards" methods.
  14. There is also a misconception that he always crafted greens that were mounded like turtle shells. Most of that dome effect is the result of 100 years of sand top-dressing.
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