DEAR ABBY: One of my friends, “Max,” cheats at golf. He moves his ball closer to the hole on the green and “improves” his lie when he thinks no one is looking. I have tried to overlook Max’s transgressions, but others in our golf group talk and joke behind his back. How should I go about stopping the problem without stressing our friendship?
— Florida Golfer
DEAR GOLFER: What you have described is considered a terrible breach of golf etiquette. What it shows about Max is a serious lack of ethics. Because you feel close to him, take him aside and tell him privately as a friend that it’s time to knock off the cheating because the others are onto him, and he’s making himself a laughingstock.