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Pro golf rife with cheaters?


12:06 PM ET 12.19 | You may not want to hear this, but golf at every level is rife with cheating. Well, OK, rife may be too strong a word. But it's out there, at every level of the game up to and including the professional level, where the temptation to transgress is obviously increased by the often huge financial rewards available. You'll never read the names of those involved though. Officialdom doesn't want you to know who they are (and the legal implications of publicly exposing the culprits don't help either). Some, in fact, are really quite famous. One multiple major champion, by way of example, is a notorious cheat and the subject of any number of head-shaking locker room tales. Ryder Cup players are not immune either. At least one is tainted forever by his serial cheating. And there are others, many of whom have won events through the most dubious of methods. Every year it goes on and on, right up to the present day. During this past season on the European Tour there was at least one instance where a pro, outraged by the behaviour of his playing companion, refused to sign that fellow competitor's card. Not that anything came of it. In such instances, tour officials invariably take it upon themselves to attest the disputed numbers.


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December 19, 2010  01:43 PM ET

If you know who they are, man up. Don't blame officials for not naming players when you won't either.

December 19, 2010  01:53 PM ET

come on!!! you cann't write an article like that and no give the details.

December 19, 2010  04:54 PM ET

Why is this "story" even on here? It says absolutely nothing.

December 20, 2010  08:47 AM ET

Wow, your comment section is being over run by spam.

Anyways, I agree with the other posters. You throw this out there with no names, methods, or any other info. Hell I could have wrote this article.

December 20, 2010  10:32 AM ET

So NAME THEM and to hell with the problems it may cause.

December 20, 2010  03:21 PM ET

Cheating on the course or on their wives? We already may know this if only you could me a little more vague.

December 20, 2010  04:04 PM ET

Perhaps if the PGA Tour and the European Tour published all instances of cheating, this issue would disappear completely. The only way to get the **** roaches out of the house is to shine light on them. NOw somebody throw me a ball so I can take my mulligan.

December 20, 2010  11:37 PM ET

I'll wait for Stevie Williams to write his juicy tell all.

December 21, 2010  11:30 AM ET

Golf is the most inane of sports... it reeks of elitism... George Carlin had it right...

December 21, 2010  11:38 AM ET

every sport cheats some time or another.

December 21, 2010  11:38 AM ET

every sport cheats some time or another.

December 21, 2010  11:42 AM ET

Soooooo how about a real example of this so called cheating? people speed on the parkway, cut in line, hop turnstyles, lie about age and weight, yet none of these are stories either...

December 21, 2010  08:01 PM ET

Golf is the most inane of sports... it reeks of elitism... George Carlin had it right...

Yeah, you're right.

The $25 I pay to drag my bag around the local muni just oozes elitism.

December 21, 2010  08:12 PM ET

So NAME THEM and to hell with the problems it may cause.

I sorta agree, Beast.

Before accusing though, make sure there's some sort of visual, preferably recorded, documentation.

Otherwise, this thing turns into a pissing match and we're left with speculation.

December 21, 2010  08:17 PM ET

every sport cheats some time or another.

I think I get what you mean with this quasi-literate, fly-by comment.

I'm just naive enough to hope it isn't true, but you're probably right.

December 21, 2010  11:42 PM ET

There were not any weapons of mass destruction.

Wait, there were weapons of mass destruction.

Wait, evidence shows. you ain't got jack, don't write smack.

December 22, 2010  09:07 AM ET

I confess, I'm the serial cheater.

Jesus forgive me.

I roll my ball to set it up on a good lie. I kick it out from behind bushes. I stop keeping score after my second double.

The jackass that wrote this article is just as stupid as Gary Player telling us all he knows lots of golfers using drugs.

If you don't have the courage to name names then just stf-up.

December 22, 2010  10:13 AM ET

The rules of golf are too arcane for the average hacker.

December 22, 2010  10:15 AM ET

Even in the court of public opinion this is hearsay. Name names and cite evidence or ****.

December 22, 2010  10:16 AM ET

I guess I can't use that acronym. To spell it out I said, "Shut the Intercourse Up".


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