He Did What? Interpreting Some of the PGA Tour's More Controversial Rulings

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He Did What? Interpreting Some of the PGA Tour's More Controversial Rulings
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So, who knows the rules of golf? You hit a white ball with a club, and put it in the hole. Simple, right?

Not so much.

The game of golf is mired with rules, so many that even professionals aren't aware of all of them. Imagine that, a sport where professional athletes don't know all the rules. Seems odd.

But it's hard to fault them, seeing as there are about 34 rules, with about 100 sections and subsections to them. That is not including the over 2000 decisions included for convenience.

Simply put, it is impossible to get all of the rules. The closest man to mastering the rules is Slugger White, head PGA Tour Rules Official. He is on hand for all the big decisions you see today. Most recently, Jerry Kelly's ball found its way into a palm tree. With a witness, and some photographic proof, it was determined that Kelly had hit his ball into the tree, and could be given a drop.

That is a simple ruling in the game of golf. So here's five rulings that stirred debate throughout the golf world.

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