“You might as well praise me for not robbing banks”

Aussie Golfer has been musing once again at the beauty of golf and the rules in place to keep cheating to a minimum.

The sheer number of rules in place means any slight deviation from the usual hit-walk, hit-walk routine brings with it an air of caution, some discussion and the correct procedure followed.It all sounds a little over the top for a bit of whack and smack golf but I think that’s what breeds honesty and integrity into the game.

I came across this article written last year by a journalist at ESPN discussing famous moments of honesty in professional golf.

The story of Bobby Jones missing out on an outright victory in the 1925 U.S.Open for calling a 1-stroke penalty on himself is fascinating. Jones’ response to this incident is brilliant. He was tried to dissuade journalists from highlighting his sportsmanship, “You might as well praise me for not robbing banks,” Jones said.

Remember this quote. The rules ARE golf.

Have a great New Year everyone.

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