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  1. Some people say Steve is abrasive, but I've met Steve and played golf with him and he is a kind, intelligent, and amiable person dedicated to his player. Steve has caddied for Peter Thompson, Greg Norman, Ray Floyd, Tiger, Adam Scott and has 150 wins on the tour almost double what any other caddy has done and is in the Caddy Hall of Fame. A so-called "abrasive person" could not accomplish what Steve has accomplished. Like Tiger, Steve has achieved the height of his profession and is arguably the greatest caddy in the history of golf. Tiger or any other golfer would have the advantage to have Steve as his caddy but Steve is retired now and playing golf well in New Zealand with his mates for the Southhead GC Pennants Team. Steve recently wrote an article for "Players Voice" about Tiger's Victory which everyone who is amazed at Tiger's comeback should read here > 'The rule I broke for Tiger' by Steve Williams Steve Williams wanted to see if Tiger Woods could make history at The Masters. So Tiger's former caddie broke the rule of a lifetime.
  2. Stew w was the best match for Tiger in my opinion. An amazing accomplishment from going from a severely injured spine to putting on another green jacket. What a amazing and almost unimaginable accomplishment! Hope we see more!
  3. Would like to see an official definition of "pitch mark", i.e. does the ball have to descend and not move from it's mark? Can a rolling ball make a pitch mark?
  4. This all started when I asked a rules official recently in the UK about why the new rules did not give free relief for a ball falling into a fairway divot. The official replied that in his opinion, the new rules do give relief and claimed 16.3a does clearly give relief to a ball partially sunk in a dry fine-grained, sand-filled divot. The ball has to sink into the divot - resting on top of the sand isn't embedded. He was also of the opinion that a ball wedged into the side of the hole is not considered to be holed out even though the ball is partially below the level of the green since the ball wouldn't fall in by itself if you carefully removed the flagstick. That seems to make sense. I think he makes a good argument on a ball embedded in a sand-filled divot. It is fun for old aging brains to think about these scenarios!
  5. I enjoyed reading “Travels with Lovers: A Collection of Short Stories & Poems” by Steve Dreben. The opening story, “The Tower” gives you a preview of what you are going to read in this amazing reading journey through the mind of this very intelligent writer. He takes you through the story making you guess about what is going to happen next as the writer dramatically describes emotions and intense scenes of very high drama in a relaxed yet foreboding manner which hurriedly and unexpectedly leads you into the crushing ending where I was wishing I could reach out and stop it. The author has unique talent painting pictures with words. An excerpt from another story, “The Mongoose and the Python”: “She was yellow, gray and blue-gold. Her scales reflected the embers of the sun’s surface and yet she blended in perfectly with the jungle fauna. Her species had developed hunting skills over hundreds of thousands of years, perhaps millions of years, which made her one of the great predators in this dense terrain.” The stories are extremely entertaining and show the versatility and brilliance of this author. Poetry follows his stories and again the author is an artist with words, “The Dancer She glided across the floor, moved in perfect rhythm like a Cheetah forward to prey. The music filled the room, her sleek body “confronted us” internal genuflections via muscular perfection…externally crafted…. We…we were allowed a place… a place where absolution, commitment and connection meet… where stunning sculpted arms reached for the sun, spinning and leaping to the driving pulses of “The Rites of Spring.” Caught in her spell…we gazed at her as she spun and twisted, in one direction and another… rapidly she danced with the speed of a champion boxer … speeded coordination…in an exquisite unction of canonized rhythms… “and time stops.” I enjoyed this author’s writing very much. He’s brilliant with his story organization and an excellent writer. Highly recommended! On the lighter side, Wayne Willson’s “Time Particle: Sophie's Story (Volume 1)” is a brilliant dark humor- satire set in the year 2131. I hadn’t read a book that made me laugh so hard since reading Joseph Heller’s “Catch 22” many years ago. I laughed until I cried when I read this hysterically funny book. It started off a bit rough for me since I thought the book was going to be pure science fiction and didn’t expect to be humorous. The story is about various villains chasing the brilliant Sophie (“It’s not paranoia if they really are after you”) who discovered the secret to time travel, and the villains want her time travel secrets. The villains chase and kidnap her, and JoJo is out to save her along with a cast of amazing, amusing, and uproariously funny characters, with many changing scenes leading up to a great “let’s get Junior” (one of the villains) climax ending. My favorite character was a severely stern-faced mother named Hattie, who could shoot such grave looks that would “make a dead man sweat,” or “turn Satan into a saint.” I enjoyed the way the good characters on the brink of defeat turned the situation around giving retribution to greedy villains – especially how Margot, the gorgeous female robot, dealt with Junior. Marty the monkey was amazing as well. Greedy, backstabbing James hilariously got what he deserved in the converter machine scene. I could go on and on but I don’t want to give too much detail since I don’t want to spoil anything. I was sad to see the book end so I’m going to read it again and will be looking forward to reading the sequel. LMAO
  6. Apparently, an argument can be made if you hit your ball down the fairway and it bounces several times and comes to rest in a soft sand-filled divot and makes a "pitch mark" in the sand (i.e. when the ball comes to rest and because the sand is soft, part of the lower part of the ball is below the surface) and technically may meet the definition of an embedded ball resting in its own pitch-mark after you've hit it. I tend to think players will be filling in divots with way more sand than needed which will mess with mower blades?! Perhaps a few rule geeks can comment on this🤓
  7. According to a UK referee I was corresponding with about the new rules, the R&A gentlemen said in his opinion free relief can be taken under the new golf rules from a sand-filled divot or sand filled next to a drain, etc. in the fairway under Rule 16.3a. Here is the explanation: Ball in Sand Filled Divot in General Area– Possible Free Relief. This may be a gray area, but if a ball is embedded in sand on the fairway or other general areas, there seems to be free relief allowed if the sand is in an area cut to fairway height or less. This would mean in effect, you can get relief for a ball embedded in a sand-filled divot or drain on the fairway provided the sand or drain is in an area cut to fairway height or less (Rule 16.3a and exceptions under that rule). Rule 16.3a provides: When Relief Is Allowed (1) Ball Must Be Embedded in General Area. Relief is allowed under Rule 16.3b only when a player’s ball is embedded in the general area. There is no relief under this Rule if the ball is embedded anywhere except in the general area. But if the ball is embedded on the putting green, the player may mark the spot of the ball and lift and clean the ball, repair the damage caused by the ball’s impact, and replace the ball on its original spot (see Rule 13.1c(2)). Exceptions – When Relief Not Allowed for Ball Embedded in General Area: Relief under Rule 16.3b is not allowed: When the ball is embedded in sand in a part of the general area that is not cut to fairway height or less, or When interference by anything other than the ball being embedded makes the stroke clearly unreasonable (for example, when a player is unable to make a stroke because of where the ball lies in a bush). (2) Determining Whether Ball Is Embedded. A player’s ball is embedded only if: It is in its own pitch-mark made as a result of the player’s previous stroke, and Part of the ball is below the level of the ground. If the player cannot tell for sure whether the ball is in its own pitch-mark or a pitch-mark made by another ball, the player may treat the ball as embedded if it is reasonable to conclude from the available information that the ball is in its own pitch-mark. A ball is not embedded if it is below the level of the ground as a result of anything other than the player’s previous stroke, such as when: The ball is pushed into the ground by someone stepping on it, The ball is driven straight into the ground without becoming airborne, or The ball was dropped in taking relief under a Rule. DIAGRAM 16.3a: WHEN A BALL IS EMBEDDED Rule 16.3b provides: b Relief for Embedded Ball When a player’s ball is embedded in the general area and relief is allowed under Rule 16.3a, the player may take free relief by dropping the original ball or another ball in this relief area (see Rule 14.3😞 Reference Point: The spot right behind where the ball is embedded. Size of Relief Area Measured from Reference Point: One club-length, but with these limits: Limits on Location of Relief Area: Must be in the general area, and Must not be nearer the hole than the reference point. See Committee Procedures, Section 8; Model Local Rule F-2 (the Committeemay adopt a Local Rule allowing relief only for a ball embedded in an area cut to fairway height or less). Anyway, when we fill in divots we can't put too much sand in a divot because it will mess with the mower blades, but as this rule change gets to be known more and more, I think players will be filling their divots a lot more with sand than they used to. Haha!
  8. Tiger and Steve were an excellent winning team. Tiger was a mess being ostracized by society norms and got rid of Sreve, in my opinion, by an ill thought out knee jerk reaction to sponsors, etc getting rid of him. Perhaps Tiger will get his winning team back together if he,s smart.
  9. I volunteer in course maintenance at a cliff top course in New Zealand with winds sometimes reaching 60 mph + and we occasionally have to pull the flags out to prevent damage to the hole during these times. Generally, leaving the pin in during normal play doesn't damage a golf hole. Yes Kidnappers, Gulf Harbour and others. (I corrected this to say 60 mph not 60 kph)
  10. I volunteer in course maintenance at a cliff top course in New Zealand with winds sometimes reaching 60kph + and we occasionally have to pull the flags out to prevent damage to the hole during these times. Generally, leaving the pin in during normal play doesn't damage a golf hole.
  11. If Tiger is smart he should get Steve back if he can. Steve's strong work ethic is very similar to Tiger's. Being in New Zealand I've met Steve Williams and played golf with him and he's one of the finest people I've ever met. Both Steve and Tiger know you have to work at it to get results. They made one of the finest duos in golf competitions and I hope we all see them together again.
  12. In the old rules or the new rules, in my opinion, it's best not to take anything too serious at times. 😁 “If you call on God to improve the results of a shot while it is still in motion, you are using "an outside agency" and subject to appropriate penalties under the rules of golf.” - Henry Longhurst
  13. What used to be called water hazards are now called "Penalty Areas." If your ball comes to rest in a "penalty area" you are allowed to take two club lengths lateral relief under new Rule 17. But can you, therefore, take lateral relief from water? See this USGA explanation of the new penalty areas concept > http://www.usga.org/content/usga/home-page/rules-hub/rules-modernization/major-changes/areas-the-committee-may-mark-as-penalty-areas.html
  14. Maybe I'm missing something, and probably am, but the official guide put out by USGA and R & A is over 500 pages. They were also working on a Summary to help adjustment to the new rules and put one Summary out, then retracted it to revise it? I'm not sure. Is there an official summary you can take with you on the course and use during play put out by the USGA and R&A? In other words, you can't flip through 500 pages for an answer during play. But is there a 2-3 page short summary put out by the USGA and R&A yet? Or are they not going to put one out?
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