Golf fans can no longer call in rule breaches

Hope Soto
December 12, 2017

All of the organizations represented on the working group - the PGA Tour, European Tour, LPGA, Ladies European Tour, the PGA of America - studying this issue since April will introduce the local rule in 2018, and the former two-stroke penalty for not calling a penalty will be permanently removed when the modernized Rules of Golf take effect on January 1, 2019.

After reviewing the video it was deemed Thompson had breached the rule, which incurred a two stroke penalty, and that as a result she had also signed an incorrect scorecard which incurred a further two strokes.

"We see this today in social media and otherwise, and not just limited to golf, you see video that's clipped and manipulated", Pagel told Golf World. "Let's leave the rules and the administration of the event to the players and to those responsible for running the tournament". "We want you to be a fan".

What will people who have had nothing better to do when watching the world's best golfers do now?

Furthermore the antiquated penalty of adding two strokes to an incorrectly signed scorecard, insofar as the signature is applied in ignorance of any wrongdoing later brought to light, also disappears on New Year's Day under the device of local rules.

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Other incidents involved Tiger Woods at the 2013 US Masters - when he was assessed a two shot penalty for dropping the ball in the wrong place after his approach shot to the 15th found a watery grave - while, back in 1991, Paul Azinger was disqualified from the Doral Open after a television viewer informed officials the player had kicked coral away from a water hazard when taking a drop. Apparently, the violation occurred during the third round, and a viewer emailed the LPGA about it. Not only was the penalty process corrupted, the integrity of the game was fatally wounded since it changed the conditions of play mid round, and Thompson eventually lost to So Yeon Ryu in a play-off.

During a playoff at the 2016 U.S. Women's Open, Anna Nordqvist suffered a two-stroke penalty after video replays showed her dislodging near-microscopic amounts of sand with her backswing in a fairway bunker.

The new protocols and Local Rule are the latest measures announced by the USGA and The R&A to address concerns related to video evidence.

Armchair golf fans will no longer be able to "call-in" rules infringements after a new set of protocols for reviewing video coverage was agreed across the game.

"As technology has continued to evolve, it has allowed us to evolve how we operate, as well".

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