In recent years a number of golf associations have been involved in making decisions at major tournaments that have led to serious rules gaffes and dysfunctional course set-up “choices”.

This is unfortunate when golf is viewed as a bastion of correctness and calm in the maelstrom of professional sport. It is even more perplexing when golf’s decision-makers are not under the snap decision-making pressures of football, for example, where referees’ decisions lead to howls of dismay and anguish every weekend in stadiums around the world.

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