Rule tweaked regarding video evidence of ball movement

The USGA and R&A have decided to amend the rules of golf so that the use of video technology to determine whether a ball has moved has been limited.
In a statement released Tuesday, the governing bodies said, “where enhanced technological evidence shows that a ball has left its position and come to rest in another location, the ball will not be deemed to have moved if that movement was not reasonably discernible to the naked eye at the time. The Decision ensures that a player is not penalized under Rule 18-2 in circumstances where the fact that the ball had changed location could not reasonably have been seen without the use of enhanced technology.”
The new decision, however, does not place a time limit on when video evidence may be applied to determine whether a rule has been violated. In other words, viewer call-ins are likely to remain a part of professional golf moving forward.
The new rule, which goes into effect Jan. 1, 2014, comes after Tiger Woods’ high-profile incident in the BMW Championship in which he was penalized after video led officials to determine his ball had changed position while Woods was removing debris near his ball.


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