Golf will no longer accept input from fans on rules violations
Golf’s governing bodies have a message for armchair rules officials who reach
for the phone whenever they think they’ve spotted a rules violation in a televised
tournament: “Don’t bother. We got this.”
Affective Jan. 1, the U.S. Golf Association, R&A and the game’s major
professional tours no longer will accept calls and emails from fans who think they
have spotted rules violations. The governing bodies – in conjunction with the
PGA Tour, LPGA, PGA European Tour, Ladies European Tour and PGA of
America – agreed to assign at least one rules official to monitor all tournament
telecasts and resolve any rules issues.
“The message is, have confidence in those conducting the event that if you’ve
seen it, they’ve seen it, and there’s no need for anyone to call in what they think
they have seen,” said Thomas Pagel, the USGA’s senior director of the Rules of
Golf and amateur status.
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