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    baxter cepeda

    The fact a camera caught it doesn’t automatically make it right.
    On our tV, which is about standard size these days, the ball looked close to actual size. And it moved. Rahm said it moved.
    Instead of arguing The pga tours interpretation imo it is important to understand why they did it. It is a reasonable interpretation at the end of the day. It’s not the tours fault the rules allow multiple interpretations.
    Chip made an interesting point on GC that the ball didn’t really leave its original point. It moved without leaving its original point. Maybe the wording can be changed that way; albeit still dangerous.
    At the end of the day someone important got tired of watching Rahms pre shot routine, which is a bit conveniently clumsy for play from rough. Players need to understand they cannot always do what they do in the fairway or on the tee. More lies than they think require more delicate movements around the ball so it doesn’t move.
    Rahm knows he is lucky.
    He has to reconsider how he deals with such lies because if the tour is doing its job regarding rules, it’s only reasonable a player be on a bit of a probation status after such a penalty.
    They say it happens 40 Times; with that pre shot routine it’s possible one player can do it 40’times (if they go in the rough enough).
    It doesn’t make it right.

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      baxter cepeda

      *Tripp, not Chip.

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