Rules of golf: 10 biggest controversies of the decade

OAKMONT, PA - JUNE 19: Dustin Johnson of the United States chats with a rules official behind the 16th green during the final round of the U.S. Open at Oakmont Country Club on June 19, 2016 in Oakmont, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images) Andrew Redington/Getty Images

Rules of golf: 10 biggest controversies of the decade

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Rules of golf: 10 biggest controversies of the decade

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8. Brian Davis, 2010 RBC Heritage

Brian Davis at the 2010 RBC Heritage at Harbour Town Golf Links. (File photo)

On the first playoff hole with Jim Furyk, Davis attempted to play his third shot from a penalty area and inadvertently struck a loose impediment – a reed – during his takeaway. Davis’s action was indiscernible without the help of slow-motion video replay, but he called the penalty on himself and was assessed a two-stroke penalty for violating Rule 13.4.

“I know I did,” Davis responded at the time, according to PGA Tour tournament director Slugger White. “I could not have lived with myself if I had not.”

Davis was lauded for his character and good sportsmanship. Unfortunately, that turned out to be the closest he’s ever come to victory in 369 starts on the PGA Tour.

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