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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4. Anna Nordqvist, 2016 U.S. Women’s Open

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Officials discuss a penalty with Anna Nordqvist at the 2016 U.S. Women’s Open. (Photo: Brian Spurlock/USA TODAY Sports)

Nordqvist was assessed a two-stroke penalty for touching sand with her club in a fairway bunker – a violation of Rule 13-4b – after officials reviewed high-def video from the telecast. Nordqvist, who was playing the 17th hole for what was the second of a three-hole playoff against Brittany Lang, wasn’t informed of the violation until a hole later. The USGA’s handling of this situation, especially the timing of the decision, was again called into question.

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