Sung Kang disputed drop shows golf must get serious on policing its rules | Ewan Murray

by Theguardian


Controversy over a drop from a water hazard last week showed golf must be more systematic about dealing with cheating and cannot merely rely on a lofty moral code among players

It is a given that the PGA Tour is celebrating the unexpected prominence of Tiger Woods. On Sunday perhaps this sentiment was more prevalent than ever. Woods finished fourth at the Quicken Loans National before firing the kind of broadside towards the United States Golf Association – on the course set-up at the US Open – which would always claim column inches.

Meanwhile a far more significant story was playing out. It is a curious aspect of life that cheating in golf is routinely viewed with more disdain than doing likewise towards one’s husband or wife. But that is the reality; amateur golfers have ended up in court rooms, or emigrating, after being accused of tampering with scorecards or ball markers.

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