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Golf Rules Decision Anchored in Mystery

Golf World

Long ago and far away, before I joined what many at The Associated Press derisively referred to as The Toy Department and became a sports writer, I worked in the world of news at the AP. I handled everything from prison riots to political conventions, which are really not all that different.

Among the glorious absurdities in the real world was a surreal but sadly deadly thing called the Falklands War. That conflict in 1982 between Argentina and the United Kingdom seemed at the beginning like a bizarre outtake from the Peter Sellers film "The Mouse That Roared," in which a tiny, impoverished nation declared war on the United States hoping to lose.

On April 2, 1982, Argentina occupied the disputed Falkland Islands, off its coast, and the U.K. declared war, saying...

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