On Golf: The Simple Game of Golf Tries to Simplify Its Rules

On Golf: The Simple Game of Golf Tries to Simplify Its Rules

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Bubba Watson taking a drop last month. The rules governing drops could change.

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NAUCALPAN DE JUÁREZ, Mexico — In the sports family, golf is the eccentric uncle whose fervent adherence to arcane rules and mannerisms is as confounding as it is central to its charm. The problem is that, to those outside the family who reside in a world where morality is relative, attention spans limited and gratification instant, golf doesn’t come across as quirky, just crazy.

In recent years, a few high-profile rule violations in high-profile tournaments have…



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