Hope everyone had a relaxing Thanksgiving.

After a brief, four-day hiatus, Game Under Repair is back with its ninth edition of the ever-popular Chip Shots column—a forced attempt to make the once opposed worlds of golf rules and grammar rules converge.

On to the fun.

J.P. Hayes Is One Honest Dude

I’m two weeks late with this commentary, but better late than never. Former PGA Tour winner J.P. Hayes accidentally played with an unsanctioned ball during one hole of Q School’s second stage.

Originally, Hayes received a two shot penalty for violating the Tour’s one-ball rule. In other words, if he started play with a Titleist ProV1x, then that’s what he had to play throughout the round.

But when Hayes completed his second round, he realized the second ball he had used was an unsanctioned Titleist—a prototype ball given to him by the company.

Tied for 44th, and still in position to make a move, Hayes made the tough call to a rules official, who in turn verified the Titleist ball wasn’t sanctioned, leaving Hayes no choice but to disqualify himself.

In sum, Hayes violated rule 5.1, the dreaded non-conforming ball rule, of the USGA rulebook.

Only in golf, people. Only in golf.

When was the last time you saw Kobe Bryant call traveling on himself? Or Champ Bailey say, “You know what…I think I bumped that receiver a little bit. Give me 15 yards.” Crap, in baseball, cheating is almost glorified—stealing signs, corking bats, masking drugs.

Only in golf do you see this kind of honesty. Not to say that everyone is quite like J.P. Hayes. I even have to ask myself: If I was at the second stage of Q School, would I make that call?

I’d like to think I would. Based on my faith, based on my respect for the game, but you never know until you are placed in that position.

No one would have ever known if Hayes had just hushed up and never mentioned the unsanctioned ball. But J.P. Hayes is a good man.

Abrupt break into grammar here.

Top Ten Grammar Myths

I could try and come up with my own list here, but it would pretty much be a rip-off of the Grammar Girl’s list. And since I just discussed cheating in golf, I don’t think cheating in writing grammar columns would be any more acceptable.

So instead of writing my own list, we’ll pass you along to the Grammar Girl’s site. There, you’ll find ten great rules to help clean up your writing and/or editing.

Bottom line: Many things in grammar are subjective. One style guide will tell you to do it this way, while another will say to do it that way.

Case in point: In day one of English Comp, I learned that split infinitives were absolutely, without a doubt, no point in arguing, wrong. But The Grammar Girl disagrees.

Check out the list.