- Associated Press - Wednesday, January 26, 2011

RIFFA, BAHRAIN (AP) - Ian Poulter says the rules of golf need to be re-examined in order to avoid the kind of high-profile disqualifications the sport has seen in recent weeks.

Poulter said Wednesday ahead of the Volvo Golf Champions that “if you look at a number of the scenarios and situations that we’ve had in the last 12 months, I think a lot of rules certainly need to be re-looked at for sure.”

Padraig Harrington was disqualified from last week’s Abu Dhabi Golf Championships after he didn’t replace his ball correctly when it moved after he picked up his marker.

Also this month, Camilo Villegas was disqualified from the Tournament of Champions after a rule violation.

Poulter said, “I think there’s no common sense involved with a number of the rules, so that needs to be addressed.”

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