Golf Unveils New, Simplified Rules

Golf Unveils New, Simplified Rules

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Anna Nordqvist was assessed a two-stroke penalty for grounding her club in a bunker during a playoff at last year’s U.S. Women’s Open.

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MEXICO CITY — Golf’s two governing bodies released a draft of new rules on Wednesday aimed at bringing common sense to what can be a complicated sport.

The Royal & Ancient Golf Club and the United States Golf Association spent more than five years trying to simplify the Rules of Golf without stripping the centuries-old game of its traditions and fundamentals of fair play. The result figures to be the most…



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