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Opposite Margins

Opposite Margins

Opposite margins are an often overlooked relief option for lateral water hazards. It is the equidistant point from the hole where the ball last crossed the margin of the lateral water hazard on the opposite side of the hazard. This point...

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Final Round Course Setup

Final Round Course Setup

As I was setting the tee markers on the 9th hole of the final round of the Dean & Deluca Invitational, one of the marshals working the hole asked me “does someone tell you where to place the tee markers during course setup or do you just put...

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Multiple Relief Options

Multiple Relief Options

At the 2017 Wells Fargo Championship, hole 16 provided a busy week for rulings. Because of the heavy rains we received on Friday, a missed tee shot right usually resulted in your ball coming to rest in the general area as seen in the attached...

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New Team Format

New Team Format

This week marks the first time since 1981 that professional golf will recognize a team event as an official win. At TPC Louisiana this week, there will be 80 teams playing two different formats.  For rounds one and three, teams will play...

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A Hidden Part of the Job

A Hidden Part of the Job

People often ask me what I like most and what I like least about my job as a golf rules official.  There are so many great things about my job which makes it difficult for me to identify a single most favorite part of my job.  However, things...

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Grass Mounds in Bunkers

Grass Mounds in Bunkers

During the 1st round of the RBC Heritage a spectator asked me about the recently added grass mounds located within some of the bunkers. Can a player ground his club on the grass?   Can a player touch the grass with his club if his ball lies...

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Defining the Golf Course

Defining the Golf Course

You are conducting a golf tournament in a few days.  On your pre-tournament visit to stake and paint the golf course, you also spend some time driving the course to look for items you may need to clarify for your local rules sheet/ Notice to...

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Expect the Unexpected

Expect the Unexpected

“These guys are good!”  This is the slogan the PGA TOUR has adopted to describe their players.  The best golfers in the entire world!  So why is it necessary to mark out of bounds or paint a lateral water hazard that is so far out of...

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Continuing Education

Continuing Education

Each year the USGA and the PGA of America team up to provide rules of golf workshops. The 4 day seminars provide in-depth education on the rules of golf .  Every aspect of all 34 rules are broken down and taught from the most basic facts to the...

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