Golf Law: Where Balls And People Collide

Jack Minan took his first crack at writing about golf and the law in 2007 with his Little Green Book of Golf Law. The book became one of the American Bar Associations best-sellers, and Minan got a lot of fanfare. The New York Times and Wall Street Journal called for his insights; Minans tales made him popular on the speaking circuit; and he was even befriended by golf course architect Robert Trent Jones Jr., who enjoyed Minans work. Minan said he believes this edition is better organized and more reader friendly for laymen. Each case is divided into the facts, the law and a conclusion. Of course, many of the legal pursuits involved damage to people and property caused by errant golf balls. Many courses post signs warning golfers they are responsible for their shots, but in most cases, Minan said, the golfer isnt legally found liable unless he or she is acting negligently. That surprises people, Minan said. The courts have shown through their judgments that hooks and slices and golf balls leaving golf courses are all part of the game, Minan said. Among some of the other interesting cases Minan found: — Titleists parent company, Acushnet, sued Nitro for intellectual property rights because Nitro was refurbishing and re-stamping golf balls that came from water hazards. The court ruled against Acushnet.

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The 10 best golf moments of 2013: No. 7, Henrik Stenson’s incredible season

So was Rory McIlroy, Ian Poulter, Rickie Fowler and Tiger Woods, but not a lot of people thought Henrik Stenson would be the guy to emerge as one of the best, and most clutch, players in the game. Following his T-21 at Merion, his fourth top-30 in the last five U.S. Opens, it was game on for Stenson, who went on an absolute tear the rest of the season, finishing second alone at the British, T-2 at Firestone, third at the PGA Championship and then came the wins. Stenson won the Deutsche Bank Championship and after a T-33 at the BMW Championship came to the Tour Championship with hopes of not just another PGA Tour, but the $10 million bonus that comes with a FedEx Cup win. Stenson opened at East Lake with a 64, followed it up with a second round 66 and cruised to a three-shot win to secure the hefty bonus and an incredible year on this side of the pond. The best part about Stenson’s end of the year run was that it didn’t stop on the PGA Tour. The 37-year-old Swede absolutely destroyed the field at the DP World Tour Championship in Dubai, beating Poulter by six shots to win not just the FedEx Cup, but the Race to Dubai, becoming the first person ever to win both awards in the same season.

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