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R&A and USGA announce change of rules to limit use of video evidence

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R&A and USGA announce change of rules to limit use of video evidence

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Last Updated: 25/04/17 5:14pm

Lexi Thompson was handed a four-shot penalty mid-round at the ANA Inspiration

The R&A and the USGA have issued a new decision on the Rules of Golf to limit the use of video evidence in the sport.
Players can now avoid a penalty if the violation could not be noticed with the naked eye, such as when a player unknowingly touches a few grains of sand in taking a backswing with a club in a bunker.
Rules officials also will eliminate penalties if they feel players made a reasonable judgment in taking a drop or replacing their golf ball on the putting green.

USGA Executive Direction Mike Davis said: “This important first step provides officials with tools that can have a direct and positive impact on the game. We recognise there is more work to be done.

Phil Mickelson had previously called for TV penalties to be outlawed

“Advancements in video technology are enhancing the viewing experience for fans, but can also significantly affect the competition.
“We need to balance those advances with what is fair for all players when applying the Rules.”
The announcement comes just weeks after Lexi Thompson was handed a four-shot penalty at the ANA Inspiration for a rule break from the previous day’s play, which only came to light when a television viewer spotted and reported the offence.

Lexi Thompson missed out at the ANA Inspiration

The organisations have also established a working group with golf’s leading tours to begin a ‘comprehensive review’ of video issues, including viewers contacting tournament organisers during televised events.
Martin Slumbers, Chief Executive of The R&A, said, “We have been considering the impact of video review on the game and feel it is important to introduce a Decision to give greater clarity in this area.
“Golf has always been a game of integrity and we want to ensure that the emphasis remains as much as possible on the reasonable judgment of the player rather than on what video technology can show.”
The USGA and The R&A will consider additional modifications before the new Rules of Golf are fully implemented from January 2019.

The R&A and the USGA have issued a new decision on the Rules of Golf to limit the use of video evidence in the sport.

Source: http://www.skysports.com/golf/news/12176/10850658/ra-and-usga-announce-change-of-rules-to-limit-use-of-video-evidence

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