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The Simple Game of Golf Tries to Simplify Its Rules

NAUCALPAN DE JUÁREZ, Mexico — In the sports family, golf is the eccentric uncle whose fervent adherence to arcane rules and mannerisms is as confounding as it is central to its charm. The problem is that, to those outside the family who reside in a world where morality is relative, attention spans limited and gratification instant, golf doesn’t come across as quirky, just crazy.

In recent years, a few high-profile rule violations in high-profile tournaments have drawn attention to the

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