Golf's two governing bodies released a draft of modern rules on Wednesday aimed at bringing common sense to what can be a complicated sport.
The Royal & Ancient Golf Club and the U.S. Golf Association spent more than five years trying to simplify the Rules of Golf without stripping the centuries-old game of its traditions and fundamentals of fair play. The result figures to be the most comprehensive overhaul since the first set of rules was published in 1744.
But in this case, the Rules of Golf actually shrunk.
The proposal, which now faces six months of public feedback, reduces the number of rules from 34 to 24.
In many cases, penalties have been...