April 30, 2017

Golf's Army of TV Rules Tattletales Just Lost Some Power: The United States Golf Association and Royal & Ancient have adjusted the rules of golf, normally revised every four years, in response to the Lexi Thompson traveshamockery. The Christian Science Monitor explains: "a player can avoid a penalty if the violation could not be noticed with the naked eye. In the other, officials can eliminate penalties if they feel players made a 'reasonable judgment' in taking a drop or replacing their golf balls on the putting green."

posted by rcade to golf at 05:45 PM - 6 comments

Good. Now get rid of the antiquated and pointless scorecard.

posted by TheQatarian at 08:01 PM on April 30

I understand these changes, but I wish it would go all the way: rules questions will come only on the course. There is absolutely no reason why tournament / tour officials should accept telephone calls, emails and SMS postings about alleged rules' violations from outside sources. If a course official oir golfer doesn't spot or declare it, move on.

posted by jjzucal at 08:52 PM on April 30

"I'd like to point out that in the United Swansea match last night, Rashford clearly dived. Please disallow the resultant penalty and award the win to Swansea 2-1."

- A. Viewer, South Wales

posted by owlhouse at 11:35 PM on April 30

Followed by Mr Sane ... we demand a Dubious Penalties Committee and that they give Middlesbrough a 2-1 win.

Oh, have we gone off-topic?

posted by jjzucal at 07:52 AM on May 01

Same logic. Different sport.

posted by owlhouse at 10:18 AM on May 01

I'd like to see a cut-off point for when play in a round can be challenged. When players tee off to start round 4 there should be zero chance anything from round 3 could be penalized.

posted by rcade at 11:21 AM on May 02

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