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Disqualifying Padraig Harrington was out of bounds

Padraig Harrington's disqualification from the Abu Dhabi championship was a most inappropriate punishment for a minor 'error' - even taking into account golf's admirable record of sticking to both the letter and spirit of the law (Sport, January 21).

The most bizarre element of the story was that the disqualification followed the intervention of a member of the public watching television.

It is the opposite end of the spectrum to football, where, equally bizarrely, any use of modern technology to minimise the risk of clearly incorrect decisions affecting the result of a match continues to be rigidly resisted by the authorities.

Golf has gone too far the other way.

JOHN STOKES

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