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Jean Van de Velde didn’t need a better swing coach, psychologist orfinancial planner to win golf’s most coveted championship, the BritishOpen, last weekend. What he needed was a lawyer. The Rules of Golf,which golf professionals are somehow expected to master along withdriving, chipping and putting, are about as perspicacious as theInternal Revenue Code, and more important to boot. Playing a long shotfrom a deep sand bunker is cake compared to taking on the intricacies ofRule 27. Had Jean had a lawyer by his side as he played the fatefuleighteenth hole at Carnoustie, he might have won, despite his poorjudgments and poor shot execution.

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