Forget lift clean and cheat


ARDMORE, Pa. – As wet and muddy as it may be for Saturday’s start to the Walker Cup, don’t expect the U.S. Golf Association to radically alter its playing policies.

Lift, clean and place isn’t likely to be in effect at Merion Golf Club.

“I feel very confident in saying we will not adopt the conditions of lift, clean and place,” said Mike Davis, the U.S. Golf Association’s senior director of rules and competition. “We just feel strong enough that when a player gets the ball in his hands, he will always get a better deal. We are not keen on that.

“I feel very confident the R&A would never adopt that when we go overseas.”

More than 2 inches of rain had fallen at Merion from Thursday night through Friday afternoon.