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Golf - Rules

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It is golf etiquette not to walk across an opponents line on a green

Golf is one of the few ball games that does not use a fixed standard playing area. Instead, golf courses, made up of fairways and greens, vary tremendously.

Golfers usually tee off (hit their first stroke) in pairs and follow their balls down the fairway hoping they have missed sand bunkers, water hazards or rough grass at the side of the course.

Each hole is awarded a par rating depending on its distance. These ratings added together usually come to 72, which makes up the target number of strokes for a round of golf. Four rounds are played over four days to determine a winner.

At the 15th Asian Games, golf will be conducted in accordance with the rules of the Royal & Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews and the United States Golf Association.

Each participating country or region can enter a men's team of three or four players and a women's team of two or three players. In the team events, the total of the three lowest scores for the men and the two lowest scores for the women will constitute a team score for that 18-hole round.

The total of the team scores for the four rounds will constitute the team score for the competition. If there is a tie for first, second or third place, the teams concerned will have to take part in a hole-by-hole play-off. If there is a tie in the individual competition, the winner will be decided on the basis of the scores for the fourth and final round.

Golf - Animation

From the first drive to the 19th hole, golf is a game of skill and strategy as well as immense concentration. Get a basic grounding in golfing parlance, from what's a tee to the weight of a golf ball, by taking a trip through our animation.


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