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Tuesday, June 19, 2007

 

US Open Rules

Mr Science - an afficianado of Golf Rules, and generally a stickler for those rules, in a Calvinistic Way, if you know what I mean -- reports this local rule in effect at Oakmont:

A ball that crosses and comes to rest beyond the Pennsylvania Turnpike is out of bounds, even though it may lie on another part of the course.

There's many a time, on rural courses, where I have played a ball from a lie inadequately marked as OB, from across a road back onto the course, at Bear Creek, in Houston, in particular, but I think this is an underutilized principle of golf-course-design that could enable the placement of courses into tighter confines, within acreages previously disdained as too fragmentary and small.

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