The Match is back, the show is mixed in USA



by ANDREA GUSSONI

The Match is back, the show is mixed in USA
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It was supposed to be a new format of golf events, but it turned into a show that also includes a television broadcast, with already 8 episodes under its belt. Now, 'The Match' opens up to women for the first time. The ninth edition, scheduled for February 26th in West Palm Beach, Florida, will see not only two great names in men's golf compete, such as the Northern Irishman Rory McIlroy and the American Max Homa, respectively ranked number 2 and number 7 in world, but also two golf champions such as Lexi Thompson and Rose Zhang.

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The competition will take place on a 12-hole course at Park West Palm. It should be noted that, as in several editions, golf legends such as Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson, who started 'The Match' in 2018, will be missing.

The Rules of Golf are a set of standard rules and procedures by which the sport of golf should be played. They are jointly written and administered by the Royal & Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews, the governing body of golf throughout the world, outside of the United States and Mexico, which are the jurisdiction of the United States Golf Association.

An expert commission made up of members of the R&A and USGA oversees and refines the rules every four years. The latest revision is effective January 1, 2016. Changes to the rules of golf generally fall into two main categories: those that improve understanding and those that in certain cases reduce penalties to ensure balance.

The rule book, entitled "Rules of Golf", is published on a regular basis and also includes rules governing amateur status. In Italy it is up to Federgolf to supervise the competitions by enforcing the rules issued by the R & A, checking that these rules are observed by the Clubs, Associations and their members and managing the resulting sporting justice, protecting their interests abroad.

The rules of golf are relatively complicated compared to other sports because they are applied outdoors, close to nature and animals. Respect for the rules is a basic element in the game of golf, which, almost always based on the self-control and free conscience of the players, often sees distorted results, consciously at times, but often unconsciously or through carelessness, due to non-compliance on the part of many players of the game rules.

In addition to rules, golf adheres to a code of conduct, known as etiquette, which generally means playing the round with due respect for the golf course and other players. Etiquette is an essential component of this sport.