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The GrunkleGuru

Grunkle is a slang term for the thick rough on a golf course that I have been using for many years. Given my penchant for inaccurate tee balls, I have become a bit of a guru out of the thick stuff, hence the name. This is a site for my random thoughts about sports (espeically golf) and life in general. While nothing special, it will hopefully offer a break from the daily drudgery for both you and me.

November 22, 2005

Rule of the Week - Walking on Water

This week’s rule conundrum finds our hero, the Grunkle Guru once again facing a difficult situation. Playing in a steady rain all day, the Guru hits his approach shot on the 15th hole into a steep faced bunker. Upon arriving at the ball he realizes that the ball itself is actually in casual water within the bunker.

The Guru realizes that he can take a drop, but opts not to, as the nearest point of relief would leave him with a downhill lie and his feet out of the bunker. Not exactly optimum conditions to hit a pressure packed shot, so he elects to play the ball from the watery lie.

As he addresses the ball his club touches the water, but not the sand. Playing a beautiful shot, the Guru manages to get up and down from the bunker and keep his momentum going. Upon arriving at the 16th tee, a rules official tells him that he has violated the rules of golf by grounding his club in a hazard.

“No way!” the Guru says, as he flares up at the rules official.

“I read, the Rule of The Week and I know I did not violate the rules regarding grounding a club in a hazard”

Who is right?

Once again, careful attention to the rules has saved the Guru shots. He knew that since his club touched the water, but not the ground he was not in violation of the rules.

And now you do to.

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