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This week we returned to our PGA.com Facebook Nation of over 350,000 to answer the question: "If you could change one rule of golf, what would it be?" Over 200 responses rolled in with a wide variety of answers.

It's a common scene: a PGA Tour player crouched next to a tree or a bush with a rules official huddled next to him.

The rules of golf are an essential part of the game. But at times they can be complicated, and players want to both avoid penalty and give themselves any advantage they can.

Who can forget Tiger Woods calling upon dozens of gallery members to move the boulder at TPC Scottsdale in 1999?

But as the game evolves, so can the rules. Throughout history, a few small tweaks and changes have been made to make the game as fair as possible.

So we thought it natural to ask, what rule of golf would you change if you could? And you all did not disappoint, turning in over 250 comments and responses.

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Here's a collection of our favorites:

Phil Verzosa + 21 others: Any ball that comes to rest in a sand filled divot in any fairway situation. One club face length you get to lift, clean, and place the ball in the fairway out of the divot. This rule has always been my pet peeve. Why should every golfer be penalized for doing what they need to on the hole?

Scott Flager + 7 others: Ability to repair any spike mark or anything on your line of putt on the green hands down. I posed this same question to 2 LPGA pros in a dinner conversation and their answer was immediate and in line with this answer.

John Boutet + 3 others: Stroke and distance needs to be changed. Slows game up way too much. Everything should be like lateral hazard rule.

Jim Deschur + 2 others: That we cannot use our foot wedge to kick the ball from the rough to the middle of the fairway.

Gitesh Maharaj + 1 other: I would change the rule of dropping a ball in a bunker. I had a 140 metre shot and hit it out of bounds, I dropped another and the ball gets half plug making it Impossible to even reach the green after incurring penalty shot for the drop as well.

Don Marsters: Allow PGA players to wear shorts in the summer.

Kenny Midgett: Let the pros use range finders...it will speed up the game.

Tony Shaker: Banning high tops and joggers.

James O'Donoghue: Allow relief for footprints and rake marks in bunkers. Far too many people play golf and either don't rake the bunkers or rake them incorrectly leaving the next person in the bunker with an almost impossible shot.

Will Berg: I'd like to have Bubba Watson be my designated hitter on all par 5s.

Jackson Khoo Teik Kwan: Free drop when the ball stuck in the tree!!! I hate this rule cuz a few weeks ago I had a junior tournament and my ball was stuck in a hole of a tree's root! And the next hole was the same as well! And both times the referee said its a integral part of the course so no free drop and I must play as it lies or drop under ball unplayable rule. Those holes cost me at least 4 strokes.

Damien Dziepak: No more caddies and let it be a true single person competition!

Thanks for all the responses and stay tuned to our Facebook page here

What rule would you change if you could?
Brooke Henderson

Brooke Henderson's first round score of 4-under-par 67 was good enough for the lead at the KPMG Women's PGA Championship. But after the round most of the questions she received were about the 13th hole.

Why? Because Henderson, the 18-year-old rookie from Ontario, aced the 152-yard par three which earned her a new Kia K900 automobile.

After seeing the ball go in the hole, Henderson celebrated with her older sister and caddie Brittany, but they didn't realize the prize they had won.

"We forgot about the car behind us," Brittany said, "but as we were walking up to the hole, Haru Nomura’s caddie said, `You know, that’s a car hole,’ and so we had to celebrate again."




A hole-in-one, a car, and...a kiss. Nice shot, @brookehendersongolf.

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Brooke said after the round that she would be giving the car to her sister.

“All year, I have walked up on the practice rounds and said, `See that car, if I get it, it's yours,’” Brooke said. “I didn't say it this week, but she ends up getting it.”

Brittany responded as only an older sister would. "I'm waiting to see if I actually get the keys."

Later on Thursday night, the Henderson sisters confirmed the exchange on Brooke's Twitter. She wasn't hesitant to share the credit for the ace either, adding in the caption, "Thanks for the right yardage, sis."



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Al Geiberger
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On June 10, 1977 -- 39 years ago today -- Al Geiberger became the first player in PGA Tour history to card a score of 59.

It's almost unfathomable to imagine a PGA Tour player winning a non-major without a single round in the 60s, isn't it?

But 39 years ago this week, that's precisely what Al Geiberger did in the Danny Thomas Memphis Classic. In fact, only two of Geiberger's four rounds were under par that week on the par-72 layout at Colonial Country Club (not to be confused with the club of the same name in Fort Worth, Texas).

Geiberger's 15-under 273 total was the winning mark.

Only two sub-par rounds -- neither in the 60s -- and a 15-under total, you say? How is that possible?

It's possible because on this very day -- June 10 -- 39 years ago in 1977, Geiberger carded the PGA Tour's first score of 59 (11 birdies, 1 eagle) in the second round of that tournament.

It should be noted that the lift, clean and place provision was in place during that round, but as Geiberger -- an 11-time PGA Tour winner and a member of winning U.S. Ryder Cup teams in 1967 and 1975 -- told Bill Fields at Golf Digest a few years back, that didn't matter.

"We were playing improved lies, but I don't ever remember doing it," the 1966 PGA Champion Geiberger told Fields on the 35th anniversary. "As you came off every tee, there was a dip in the terrain where they had winter kill. But the fairways, where we were playing to, were pretty nice. I think the field staff didn't want to go chalk off every canyon. Most of the low areas that were damaged, we were playing over those."


If your a cynic about a sub-60 score with lift, clean and place -- and, seriously, who are we to judge -- give all the credit in the world to Geiberger for what he accomplished on the bumpy, grainy Bermuda greens.

Along with hitting every fairway and every green that day, Geiberger also used just 23 putts to become golf's "Mr. 59." Of those 23 putts, nine were birdie putts outside of 10 feet -- 166 feet of birdie putts overall.

Now are you impressed?

As it can be this time of year, the weather was a bit steamy in Memphis that day with temperatures topping out at 97 degrees.

"It was a miserable day, hotter than hell, and I was trying regroup, collect my thoughts," Geiberger told Fields.

Here's a down-the-line look at Geiberger's rhythmic swing:

Since Geiberger's magical 59, there have been just five others on the PGA Tour. Chip Beck (Sunrise GC in 1991); David Duval (PGA West Palmer Course in 1999); Paul Goydos (TPC Deere Run in 2010); Stuart Appleby (TPC Old White in 2010); and Jim Furyk (Conway Farms in 2013).

Annika Sorenstam remains the only player in LPGA history to shoot 59. She did it at the Standard Register PING tournament in 2001. 

Celebrating the 39th anniversary of Al Geiberger's 59

Dog has long been known as man's best friend. But that title took on a whole new meaning for golfers when one man turned his dog's love for playing fetch into a way to improve his short game.

YouTube user Paul Haynes, who has uploaded videos of his dogs Lola and Lilly before, may have stumbled upon a game-changing inovation in backyard golf by teaching his dog to fetch his pitch shots for him.

While it may be more effective then a gimmicky ball-return system from an infomercial, this system does require a few maintanence costs. Namely puppy chow and a reliable waste scooper.

But in his defense, those 30-40 yard shots sure are tricky. 

Have you all tried this with your dogs? And if so, did it work?



This retrieving dog is a golfer's best friend
mark wahlberg backyard golf
If you weren't jealous of Mark Wahlberg before, you will be now. The Oscar-nominated actor has never been shy in expressing that his heart never strays far from the golf course.
Or in this case, in his back yard. Wahlberg took to his Instagram Thursday to show off his newly-installed backyard practice area, which includes a large green, several large bunkers, and a chipping mat from his balcony.
While everybody has played a little golf in their backyard at some point in their life, it probably didn't look a whole lot like this.
Wahlberg showed off his golf skills at this year's Pebble Beach Pro-Am, playing with Bubba Watson, and the lefty has said he holds a nine handicap.
With a little help from his buddies at Back Nine Greens, and probably a large bag of cash, that handicap could be headed down. How much do you think a setup like this costs?
Maybe Wahlberg should look into this $16 million golfer's dream home.
Mark Wahlberg's unbelievable new backyard golf complex
Douglas Elliman Real Estate

If you had all the money in the world and were tasked with building a golfer's dream house, what would it look like?

Chances are it would resemble this mansion in Westchester, New York. And you're in luck, it's for sale! The price tag: just under $16 million.

The nearly 10,000 square foot house sits on 10 acres and looks out onto conversed land around Lake Waccabuc, only an hour's drive from New York City.

It includes six bedrooms, eight baths, an infitinity pool, a heated spa, a 100 foot-long dock, a boat house, a one-bedroom guesthouse, and 300 feet of direct waterfront along which 60 feet of beach has been installed.

And the best part for golfers? How about two golf greens, a driving range, and 10 tee boxes for 10 different golf shots.

The original house was built in 1928 by Enoch Mead, who owned Lake Waccabuc and the surrounding area. Its current owner, Mark Mosello, bought the property in 1990 for $1 million. Mosello works as an outdoor lighting designer and his work can be seen on the estates of financiers like Sanford Weill and Jamie Dimon.

If you're interested and have an extra $16 million laying around, check out the listing here.


$16 million is all it takes to own this golfer's dream home