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Golf's Moral Maze

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Iain Carter | 12:13 UK time, Wednesday, 20 January 2010

Golf prides itself on being able to take the moral high ground more frequently than many other sports. The code of honour among players, the abhorrence of cheating and adherence to the rules endearingly sets it apart.

But the fledgling 2010 season is notable for issues bubbling up that challenge the game in its desire to remain on the correct path in its own moral maze.

Take for example the subject of the new rules on grooves in irons, and in particular wedges. Two players were able to play in Hawaii last week breaching the new regulations without breaking the rules.

John Daly and Dean Wilson were using Ping Eye 2 wedges that have the outlawed "boxed" grooves and despite the introduction of new rules banning their use there was nothing to prevent those players from legally playing with the clubs.

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Monty's ideal start to 2010

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Iain Carter | 11:46 UK time, Tuesday, 12 January 2010

Is this the week that most New Year resolutions are broken? From personal experience it seems that way and there's a danger of it appearing that one is going out of the window right now.

Some will find this hard to believe, but in 2010 I intend not to go too overboard about the Ryder Cup, referring to it only when relevant and not letting it become too much of an overpowering influence.

We can get a tad carried away with the biennial dust-up between Europe and the United States, as several contributors to this blog have pointed out.

But it does seem appropriate now to make mention of October's clash even though we have a full gestation period to go before it is delivered to the sporting stage. And not because tickets for the practice days at Celtic Manor have just gone on sale.

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Casey and Laird relishing new season challenges

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Iain Carter | 21:28 UK time, Monday, 4 January 2010

Just as Tiger Woods' stock was plunging with uncontrollable speed, there was a British golfer making quiet yet crucial progress in his rehabilitation from the lowest point of his own career.

But the circumstances couldn't be more different - the only self-inflicted aspect to Paul Casey's problem was undertaking a drill that had him over-reaching as he sought more power from his driver.

It was, of course Tiger's driving of a different kind that triggered the remarkable chain of events that leave the golfing world wondering when it will see the game's best player again.

What we can, happily, say with certainty is that we do know when we will see Casey, because the world number eight begins his 2010 season this week in a field of champions in Hawaii at the SBS Championship.

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