Rules of Golf — There to help you.

Today’s finish at The British Open at Royal Lytham & St Annes was amazing. You see one player – Ernie Els – who started the last round quietly and slowly make his way up the leaderboard. Birdieing the last hole — who knew that we were watching the winner? We watched as poor Adam Scott could never get his putter going throughout the day and it cost him the title. You also saw Tiger and a lot of players in those pot bunkers. This brings me to a rules point. Tiger was in a bunker with absolutely NO shot to get out. He finally decided to try to get it out anyway  — he swung hard  and the ball stayed in the bunker, and almost hit him in the process.  The commentators talked about he should maybe take an unplayable lie, and that was BEFORE  he tried that shot. Taking an unplayable lie penalty would have cost him a penalty stroke, but at least his next stroke would be a playable shot from the bunker.  Instead he ended up triple bogey on the hole. Remember, you make take an unplayable lie anywhere on the course, that is your call. But realize that the rules are there to help you. Before you try to hit some shot that you know would put you in more trouble, review your options. Swallow your pride, take the unplayable lie if you have to, and then your next shot will be a lot easier to execute.

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