Anyone who spends 15 years in charge of the Royal & Ancient surely is entitled to at least one mulligan. Peter Dawson took his long before he started the job. "I was playing an American one year at Oxford Golf Club, and he introduced me to this travelling mulligan," Dawson said. "As you know, we dont have them over here. I was 2 down with four to play and on the par-3 15th, I shanked one. So I said to him, Ill have my mulligan now. And with my next shot, I had a hole-in-one. I think he was so rattled that he lost the match. I never allowed myself to take another one. I had to keep my record intact." Dawson is keeping another record rather tidy, somewhat by coincidence. He announced last month that he will retire in September 2015 as secretary of the Royal & Ancient Golf Club and chief executive of The R&A, a business division he wisely created 10 years ago. He will have served 16 years, the same tenure as the three R&A secretaries before him. What sets him apart is coping with perhaps the most challenging times in the clubs 260-year history. He is proud of a central role he played in getting golf back into the Olympics for the first time in more than a century, and Dawson will stay on as head of the International Golf Federation through the Rio Games. One of his favourite moments was gathering British Open champions at St. Andrews in 2000 to celebrate the millennium, an exhibition that brought together the likes of Sam Snead, Jack Nicklaus and Seve Ballesteros on a glorious late afternoon at the home of golf. But the Royal & Ancient game has been moving at warp speed over the last two decades, and Dawson has been in the middle of it. He took over in 1999, about the time Callaway introduced the thin-faced ERC driver with a trampoline effect that was not allowed by USGA, yet approved by the R&A standards. That three-year period of golfs ruling bodies not being on the same page is the one "working mulligan" Dawson would have wanted. Three years later, the R&A and USGA published a "Joint Statement of Principles," and pledged to work more closely together. The most recent example was the decision to publish a new rule in 2016 that will ban the anchored stroke used for long putters -- a putting stroke used to win each of the four majors over the last three years. There remains strife among leading golf organizations over the ban, though Dawson isnt budging. He also has heard plenty of criticism about changes to the Old Course at St. Andrews, seen as sacrilege by purists who believe the R&A is changing golf courses instead of reining in technology. And in September, the R&A Golf Club is to vote on a proposal to allow female members for the first time, which Dawson endorses. The vote is two years after Augusta National invited female members to join for the first time. Was it all enough to make Dawson want to retire? "That was just normal course of business," he said dismissively. "Quite often, the media perception of what is weighing heavily on us is not particularly so." What weighed heaviest on Dawson, and still does, is striking the balance between technology and skill. There is pressure from one corner to slow the golf ball and reduce the size of drivers, and pressure from another corner to make the sport easier at a time when golf participation is in decline. "Keeping the balance right has been the biggest intellectual challenge," Dawson said. He is comfortable that the R&A and USGA got it about right. That will be debated long after Dawson leaves, and it figures to confront the next R&A chief. Dawsons reputation, unlike that of predecessor Sir Michael Bonallack, was built on management more than golf, and it was the right fit for the times. The next R&A chief could be a blend of both. No obvious candidates have emerged in the last month. 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Fisher also assisted on Patrick Hornqvists first-period goal for Nashville, which snapped a five-game losing streak. Anze Kopitar and Jeff Carter scored for the Kings, who have lost two straight. The teams combined for three goals in the final 3:18. Fisher put Nashville ahead 2-1 with 3:18 left during a power play, scoring with a slap shot from the high slot that beat goalie Ben Scrivens low to the stick side. Nashville has at least one man-advantage goal in seven of eight games. Carter tied it with only 36.7 seconds to go after Scrivens was pulled for the extra attacker. But Fisher put the Predators back in front 10 seconds later when his shot from the left side just made it over the goal line. "Colin (Wilson) made a great play trying to take the puck to the net, and I was just trying to find a hole," Fisher said. "He found me in a great spot, and it just trickled through the goalie." Fisher led Nashvilles forwards with 21 minutes, 58 seconds of ice time. Los Angeles coach Darryl Sutter wasnt happy that his team allowed Fisher to get a shot off that close to the net. "Bad coverage on our part," he said. The goal was upheld by a video review. "From where I was, I didnt think it completely crossed, but the video has a better vantage point, and they can zoom in," Scrivens said. "A guy broke down the wwall and threw it in front.dddddddddddd. They were able to get a stick on it and direct it on net. "I got a large chunk, but not enough. Its an extremely frustrating way to lose a hockey game." Hornqvist had given the Predators a 1-0 lead with 5:18 left in the first. Scrivens stopped Fishers shot from the high slot, but Hornqvist -- who was standing just outside the crease -- backhanded in the rebound for his eighth goal. Hornqvist hadnt scored a goal in six games. Kopitar then tied it at 7:05 of the second. With the Kings on a power play, Kopitar skated to the top of the right circle and beat goalie Marek Mazanec with a wrist shot that was tucked just inside the far post. Los Angeles hadnt scored on the power play in its previous five games. Mazanec finished with 26 saves and earned his first win since Nov. 27. "He made some timely saves when we needed him to and he was calm back there," Nashville coach Barry Trotz said. "From our standpoint, it was a combination of solid goaltending and a desperate competitive team going against a fresh, veteran team." Shea Weber led Nashville in ice time with 29:52 and posted an assist. "This was a huge game for us," Weber said. "We have been on a tough stretch this past year, but hopefully we can get it right now." NOTES: Kopitar has a three-game point streak. ... The Kings have allowed at least one power-play goal in three consecutive games. ... It was Fishers first two-goal game of the season. ... Nashville rookie D Seth Jones had two assists for his first multipoint game in the NHL. ' ' '