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'Triumvirate of loonies' leads 'Union of Morons'
It probably is about time to merge the U.S. Golf Association, PGA of America and PGA Tour into one large Union of Morons.

With their almost simultaneous announcements that the PGA of America will move to Texas (“In the news,” Dec. 5), and the PGA Tour will hold a college draft (“Tour’s college ‘draft’ will taint meritocracy,” Dec. 10), two of golf's most powerful organizations have declared that any bad idea or decision that the USGA can enact, We can do bigger, stupider and greedier!

These associations are led by a triumvirate of loonies: Huey, Dewey and Louie. Curly, Larry and Moe look measured and insightful next to these three. Put them all together and soon the PGA Tour will have the Disc Golf Wars, the PGA of America will be recruiting aliens to operate newer space resorts, and God only knows whether we soon will be playing a regulation Nerf Tour-only golf ball on 1,100-yard championship courses.

Where are Deane Beman, Joe Dey, and – yes, I'll say it – Ted Bishop (even with his ego) when we need sanity in our game?

Dave Sanguinetti
Livermore, Calif.

‘Rub of the green’ adds to golf's allure
Changes to the rules of this wonderful game are ruining golf’s tradition.

More importantly, it seems as if every change has been made to disarm the game from its wonderful bad-break or rub-of-the-green heritage, which is one of golf's most fascinating and important allures.

Spike mark in your line? Tough. Rub of the green. The game has all but banned metal spikes except for the PGA Tour, anyway.

After the era of the oversized driver, cavity-backed irons and composite shafts, people think they can become single-digit handicappers without spending hour after hour on the range. And the USGA is reinforcing this mentality by softening the rules.

The bad moves driven from Far Hills, N.J., continue.

Daniel Cahill
Santa Ana, Calif.

Sidestepping golf’s ‘sticky problems’
Limited information has been shared about the new rule book, and we are discovering that it has only scratched the surface. Unfortunately, the bits and pieces we glean from Golf Channel are causing misconceptions among recreational golfers.

I suggest that many situations can be resolved just by being familiar with a few terms: penalty area; reference point; relief area; back on the line (not line of flight); abnormal ground conditions; accidental (many actions that previously resulted in penalties have been absolved); provisional ball.

If you know the meaning and application of these terms, you should be able to survive most of the sticky problems we encounter on the course.

Jim Kavanagh
St. Augustine, Fla.
(Kavanagh is a senior rules official with the Florida State Golf Association.)

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