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Rules of golf shouldn't change: Jarrod Lyle

JARROD Lyle discusses Rory McIlroy's two-shot penalty, strong Aussie performances around the globe and his comeback progress.

WELL since we last spoke there has been lots of great golf played around the world with the Aussies doing well. 

At the Sony Open we had Marc Leishman in fifth place and Adam Scott racking up another top 10 to start his 2014 season on a high.  Then this week at the Humana Challenge there was some unbelievable scoring by the winner Patrick Reed shooting 63 for the first three rounds - a PGA Tour scoring record. Stuart Appleby finished inside the top 10 which is his 3rd top 10 in the last 3 years.  I also want to congratulate all the Aussie guys who finished inside the top 60 on the Asian Tour Order of Merit. It’s a great accomplishment to keep your status and its onward and upward from here.  

There was also some controversy on the European Tour with Rory Mcilroy being given a two-shot penalty for a wrong drop during the third round of the tournament.  He took relief from a walkway, but while hitting the shot his left foot was still on the line defining the walkway, so he did not take full relief from the walkway - hence the penalty.  He ended up finishing second by one shot, so the mistake has cost him the tournament. The incident has left some people asking if the rules of golf should be overhauled.  I don’t agree, they have been this way for 300 years and have worked for 300 years.

On my golfing front things have been getting busier. I played some pro-ams close to home and ended up winning the Goonawarra event. It was a good start for me and was pleasing to see that everything that I am working on is coming together. I shot 69 and was tied with two other guys. I left a few shots out there but finished with two birdies to claim first prize. Then it was onto the Clifton Springs and Curlewis pro-ams, where things went downhill. I didn’t play great at either one and finished about 40th and 11th.

It’s been very hard to get out and do some practise lately.  We have had a bit of a hot spell in Victoria and I didn’t think beating balls would do me any good, so instead of the range I hit the gym and spent some time wallowing in the shallows of the ocean trying to stay cool.

Next up for me are the Keysborough and Pakenham pro-ams. I am looking forward to getting out and competing again with all the other pros. It’s a nice feeling to get out there and make three-footers for a little bit of money. It’s definitely got the competitive juices flowing again and it’s something I haven’t felt for quite a while.

I got some news during the week that Shepparton Golf clubhouse had a fire in the roof. The sustained a bit of damage through the building but luckily there was nobody hurt and they saved all the honour boards and memorabilia plus the most important things, the BEERS!!! There has been many a great time spent in that clubhouse and I hope that the rebuild doesn’t take too long. 

My wise words for the week are, read up on your rules and don’t make mistakes!!! It could cost you the Saturday comp or one dollar to your buddy.

Good golfing to you all, long and straight.

Jarrod Lyle

Jarrod Lyle is the professional ambassador for the 2013 Golf Link Race to Bonville, which is supporting the Challenge charity, helping relieve the pressure for children and families living with cancer. To make a donation, please visit the Challenge website.


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