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LISTEN: Rules of Golf Change a Significant Step Forward

The Rules of Golf aren't normally quick to change, but the USGA and R&A didn't take long to make a significant move. (Photo Credit: Charles LeClaire, USA Today Sports)

In episode 15 of the PostCast, Global Golf Post LPGA insider Steve Eubanks joins co-hosts Sean Fairholm and Cassie Stein to discuss two new standards in the Rules of Golf that will limit the use of video and potentially stem the tide on future viewer call-ins.

Eubanks spoke with the USGA’s Thomas Pagel to receive clarification on the new rules and he was encouraged by what Pagel said. 

“I think it’s a relatively significant change because the two most recent rules fiascos that we have dealt with, particularly in the women’s game, will no longer be applicable as of this morning,” Eubanks said. “They are completely obsolete.”

The USGA and R&A, organizations not known for making swift changes to the Rules of Golf, needed less than a month to react after the situation at the ANA Inspiration, when Lexi Thompson was assessed a four-stroke penalty, two for incorrectly replacing a marked ball and two for having signed an incorrect scorecard.

“I really want to stand up and give an ovation to the USGA and R&A for behaving so quickly in getting all of this stuff done.”

To listen to all of the conversation, click below.

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