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Fans no longer able to call shots on rule violations

Fans no longer able to call shots on rule violations

The PGA Tour has done this from time to time, but found that it often loses the use of a rules official on the course as he sits in a room watching TV for a violation that is rare over the course of the year.

Thompson was leading in the final round of the ANA Inspiration when officials told her she had been assessed a 2-shot penalty because of a rules infraction a day earlier. That penalty will permanently be removed when a modernization of the Rules of Golf takes place on January 1, 2019.

Thompson had two shots added to her score for mis-marking her ball in the third round of the event in California and a further two shots for signing an incorrect card.

Thomas Pagel, USGA senior director of the Rules of Golf and Amateur Status, added: "The level of collaboration with our partners has been both vital and gratifying as we look to the future".

The rules-makers agreed with that sentiment and adopted a local rule, available January 1, that would eliminate that penalty if the player was unaware of the infraction. Instead, a dedicated rules official will monitor video during tournaments. The scorecard penalty will be eliminated permanently in 2019 when the USGA and R&A release a sweeping overhaul of the Rules of Golf. "It was very unhealthy". "What we're saying here is that that additional two-stroke penalty is really an unnecessary one".

Similarly, Pagel said numerous rules changes that will take effect in 2019 are meant to do away with what he called "unnecessary penalties".

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The change in protocol, announced jointly Monday by the USGA and the R&A, follows the recommendations of a working group led by the governing bodies and consisting of the PGA Tour, LPGA Tour, PGA European Tour, Ladies European Tour and the PGA of America.

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.

David Rickman, Executive Director - Governance at The R&A, said, "This has clearly become an important issue in the sport that we felt we should address at this stage ahead of the implementation of the updated Rules of Golf in 2019".

LPGA commissioner Mike Whan said he was pleased with the rule change and the speed with which it was adopted.

The changes marks a reversal from previous p0licies in which governing bodies viewed fan communications as another safeguard on the rules of golf.


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