Mar 5th, 2019
The most major revision of the rules for more than 30 years came into effect two months ago. Nevertheless, a lot of golfers do not seem to know enough about the rules changes yet.
The most major revision of the rules for more than 30 years came into effect two months ago. Nevertheless, a lot of golfers do not seem to know enough about the rules changes yet.
What's the science with having the flag in or out when putting, chipping etc? Is the ball more or less likely to drop with it in or out? Only one way to find out, ask the Golf Scientist himself, Bryson DeChambeau...
Rory McIlroy has welcomed the sweeping changes that have been implemented to the rules of golf and hopes that the new rules will bring a greater clarity within the sport.
Q School may be a tough experience, and will be staged this year at the Costa Daurada’s Lumine, but it is hard enough to get there in the first place, especially if you fall foul of Rule 13-2.
Following seven years of consultations, on 1st January 2019 the governing bodies of the Rules of golf will implement the most comprehensive Rules changes seen in the game for 37 years. And on the 1st of November, Hamlyn Publishing will be launching 'The Offical Guide to the Rules of Golf R&A.'
Thank the Lord, golf is getting a bit of an overhaul in an attempt to make it not look so ominous to would-be players, plus make our own lives on the links easier.
Phil Mickelson called a rules violation on himself during the final round of A Military Tribute at The Greenbrier on Sunday.
It's going to be easier to understand and faster to play. But... you're still going to have to play from divots in the fairway... Get ready for golf 2019...
A leading Korean golf official has resigned after a new rules controversy. Here’s what occurred.
22,000 golfers from 102 countries around the world have had their say on the new R&A and USGA rules, which will come into effect on 1st January 2019.
SkyCaddie has issued a statement following this week’s announcement by the R&A and USGA that major changes are being proposed to the Rules Of Golf for 2019 onwards.
Ever wondered what would happen if your ball landed in an orange or thought about eating grass on the course? The answers to those and other strange golf rules questions can be found here...
"The game is too slow, too hard and there's too many rules. I wouldn't know where to begin with how many rules there should be. I would think as minimal as possible. And we don't need all these dashes and a's and b's and c's. It's too confusing." Kevin Kisner.
The official interpretation of the Rules of Golf from The R&A is now available free in an updated edition for 2016 - 2017 and it's now also avaialble on Android as well.
Just to make sure there is no repeat of Dustin Johnson’s infamous club grounding back in 2010, the USPGA have been leaving nothing to chance, and have placed a notice in what they think will be an unavoidable place.
16-year-old Lucy Li has been given a ‘one-time warning’ by the USGA after appearing in an advertisement for Apple.
Defending champion Lexi Thompson had another brush with the rules while making an impressive 64 and a significant move up the leaderboard in round three of the Indy Women in Tech Championship.
As running is strictly forbidden at Augusta National, fans have developed significant expertise in the art of speed-walking. Here's how to get the best seats in the house.
Lexi Thompson has been involved in another rules controversy, this time at the Honda LPGA in Thailand.
Tyrrell Hatton's WGC–Dell Technologies Match Play campaign came to an abrupt end with a nasty two–shot penalty. But at least he's going to The Masters.
The European Tour has announced a change to its membership regulations for the 2018 season. And Thomas Bjorn will get an extra wildcard pick.
Rory McIlroy "gutted" to be out of the Abu Dhabi Championship after rib injury forces his withdrawal.
Will Ferrell's Golf Rules + Hilarious Step Brothers Out Takes
Trial by television was with us again at the Bay Hill Classic on Thursday. No Patrick Reed this time but rather the squeaky-clean Justin Rose. Rose had a tricky chip from the back of the 11th which he ran some 10 feet past the pin but did he move the ball at address?
A careless error on his card has dumped England's Eddie Pepperell out of the Qatar Masters at the Education City Golf Club in Doha. The 2018 champion had hoped to find that form of two years ago and force his way into the world's top 50 in time to qualify for The Masters.
David Feherty didn’t hold back in a recent interview for Sports Illustrated when asked about Patrick Reed. Feherty reckons that Reed should be known as "Captain Oblivious" given his response to the furore that has followed since his infamous rules infringement.
It was inevitable that Patrick Reed, who is playing at the WGC event in Mexico City this week, was going to be asked about the latest comments from Bob Kostis and Brooks Koepka. Talking after Thursday’s first round he managed to dance around the question.
We thought Brooks Koepka had rather put the boot into Patrick Reed with his comments about building sandcastles but ex-CBS golf commentator Peter Kostis went even further this week inferring that Reed was a serial cheat.
Just when you thought it was safe to go back into the bunker, or waste area, the Patrick Reed saga pops its nose out again. This time its the world number two Brooks Koepka giving his two pennyworth and he, as usual, does not pull any punches. Koepka described Reed’s actions as “building sandcastles in the sand.”
It was a fine victory for Adam Scott last weekend, he is a great ball striker, but I must confess I rather sighed when I saw him using a long putter to great effect once again. It was a similar feeling to that I had when Scott won the Masters back in 2013. I’m sorry, but I am with the brigade who consider these long putters cheat sticks.
It was great to see Graeme McDowell win again on the European Tour but had the tour applied the slow play rules more strictly come Sunday afternoon might it have been a different story? The Northern Irishman was carrying a ‘bad time’ after a transgression during his second round and playing in the final pairing come Sunday he and partner Victor Dubuisson became detached at the back of the field.
Encouraging signs from the first event with the European Tour’s new regime on slow play. The toughened up four-point plan did not result in any penalties but the general consensus was that the pace of play was better. Even Bryson DeChambeau seemed to have responded positively – might the penny be finally dropping?
It looks like the PGA Tour are moving to close down the debate on the Patrick Reed saga. Rumours have it that Cameron Smith has been admonished by the PGA Tour for his outspoken comments on Patrick Reed's behaviour at the Hero World Challenge.
I didn’t think I would hear myself say this, but I feel sorry for Patrick Reed. Don’t get me wrong the guy has handled the whole affair badly and he clearly was borderline cheating at the Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas last December. However, due to the Tour’s insistence that the matter has been dealt with it has basically thrown the American to the lions, who in this case are the media and the golfing public.
To say that Patrick Reed is not one of the most popular players on tour would be somewhat of an understatement. However, he has done little for his stock in trade with his blatant breaking of the rules at the Hero World Challenge. Some would say he is very lucky to get away with just a two-stroke penalty.
In a week where there has been much discussion about the Billy Mayfair affair Russell Henly has reminded us all that the vast majority of tour players are honourable golfers. On dishing out signed golf balls to fans after finishing his second round at the Mayakoba Golf Classic Henly realised he had violated the One Ball rule and called an eight shot penalty on himself.
Colin Montgomerie won the Champions Tour’s Invesco QQQ Championship last weekend, but the big story was one Billy Mayfair and the breaking of not one but two rules of golf. The story does not paint Mr Mayfair in a good light and the same must be said about the Champions Tour who seem to be trying to sweep the incidents under the carpet.
There has been much talk about Eddie Pepperell’s Tin Cup moment at the Turkish Open at the weekend. For those of you who have not ready about it, European Tour joker Eddie had a minor meltdown at the par five 4th hole(his 12th). hitting four or five balls into the water. Pepperell ran out of balls, walked off the course and was disqualified.
Former LPGA player Ann Walker was not exactly burning it up at the recent Senior LPGA Championship but then her score got a lot worse in fact 58 shots worse! Unfortunately, our Ann did not pay attention when the new rules were announced at the beginning of the year. The result, 42 penalty shots imposed for her opening round and a further 16 for her first five holes on day two.
Sometimes we look at a player and wonder what is going through their head. In what can only be considered a nightmare year for Matt Kuchar the American really doesn’t seem to know when to stop digging, quite literally in this case!
The The European Tour has announced a concrete four-point plan aimed at tackling the issue of slow play in professional golf. The plan will be implemented at the start of the 2020 season and focuses on four key areas: regulation, education, innovation and field sizes.
If you are playing partner or opponent is hitting the ball remarkably straight have a quick nosey at what ball he is playing. If you see the name ‘Polara’ then that will explain why and you can show the seaky devil a red card, as the ball is illegal. Having said that it also sounds fun!
Brooks Koepka had just teed off in the final round of the Open. We then heard ‘on the tee, JB Holmes from the USA’, the camera zoomed in on the man sitting in third place at Royal Portrush, then nothing. The guy looked confused as he suddenly wasn’t sure about something. Was it the wind had shifted? Had he changed his mind at to which club to take? Or perhaps he’d left the cooker on back at the house? Whatever it was he’d been standing on that tee for a good few minutes waiting for his tee time and he clearly was not ready.
The GolfPunk team love the game of golf and are big supporters of the idea of improving the etiquette on the course and in general. However, this week the big news running around social media was about the US amateur golfer that carded an impressively poor 194 for 18 holes and things got worse when the Florida State Golf Association confirmed it was actually a 131 over par 202!
It’s etiquette right? You hit the ball in the direction of another person on a golf course, you shout ‘fore’. It instilled in you from almost your first shot on a golf course, be you ten year’s old or eighty. However, it seems for some professionals that once they have reached the lofty heights of the tour this unwritten rule no longer applies to them.
There were a number of rulings made by the R&A officials on day three of the Open but none was more interesting as that for Lee Westwood. And hats off to the 46 year-old Englishman who showed pure class and honesty in dealing with the situation.
Ok time for a rerun of our GolfPunk rant. The three-minute rule is a good one and it is intended to speed up play like the other good rule change, putting with the pin in. I am sure most pros did not expect to suffer too much from the rule change but then they are not playing Royal Portrush every day.
Every golfer loves a drop zone, except for the ones where you’ve just plonked it into the middle of that lake or alligator infested swamp! The pros in particular like it when there find themselves in or around a grandstand and they simply walk to a nicely mown little patch close by. Fast forward to Royal Portrush and the venue for the 2019 Open Championship.
Despite no mortal being able to move it on their own the answer is the boulder. As Tiger Woods found out to his benefit at the 1999 Phoenix Open when a friendly rules official suggested it was a loose impediment.
I have played in a couple of competitions over the last few weeks and twice on the first tee my playing partner has announced they are playing a Titleist Pro VI number 1, no markings, no logos, nothing, just a fresh new pill straight out of the box.
To hit a drive that bounces on the fairway and runs in to a divot is bad enough but if it runs in to an old pitch mark that really tries one’s patience. You curse your luck and play the ball as best you can – right? Not the Kooch who decided to try and invent a whole new sub rule!
Following on from our recent rant concerning etiquette the writer took to the course this morning. It was a stableford competition (points system) a normally quicker format as a lost ball is not the end of the world and if you can’t score on a hole you pick up. It is those lovely medal events that often bring the course to a grinding halt with all competitors having to finish out every hole.
Etiquette - “The customary code of polite behaviour in society or among members of a particular profession or group.” There were certain sporting maxims when we grew up. Football is a gentleman's game played by thugs, and rugby is a thug’s game played by gentlemen. Cricket and golf were games for protaganists who played with a significant side order of honour.
Let this be a warning to you – never tamper with your golf equipment during a competitive round. Harold Varner III did exactly that and unwittingly got a two-shot penalty during the opening round of The Players after making an equipment change that was influenced in part by the actions of a walking official.
The R&A and the USGA have provided two clarifications to Rule 10.2b(4) regarding restrictions on caddies standing behind players which take immediate effect.
Sergio Garcia has sensationally been disqualified from the third round of the Saudi International on a charge of serious misconduct.
Martin Slumbers, the Chief Executive of the R&A and European Tour chief Keith Pelley have issued statements, following the incident which saw defending champion Li Haotong lose €100,000 for a highly debateable two-shot penalty.
We may still only be in January, but there has already been a major rules incident, which in this case has left Haotong Li €100,000 out of pocket. HIs fellow tour players have come out in condemnation.
Aussie Pro John Senden was teeing it up on the 5th at the Australian PGA Championship at Royal Pines, when his driver snapped right in the middle of his swing.
Are you committing these rule infringements when you play? After Brendon De Jonge's recent whopping 4 shot penalty at the Northern Trust, you can't be too careful! Check out our Top 10 Golf Rule Breakers....
The furor around Doris Chen's DQ from LPGA qualifying at the weekend has taken a new twist with Chen's caddie Alex Valer claiming his player deliberately tried to cover up the incident.
Doris Chen's mother gets her disqualified from LPGA qualifying after kicking her daughter's errant drive bak into play.
In another blow to the ‘Golf Scientist’ Bryson DeChambeau, the USGA have banned the use of protractors.
Did this really happen? It's got the golf world going bonkers...
Veteran South Africa Tour Pro Lee-Anne Pace managed to get herself disqualified on Friday at the KPMG Women's PGA Championship.
The Golf Scientist turns Sea Captain...
Zac Johnson was playing his 12th hole of the day, the par-4 third at TPC River Highlands, when his 18-foot birdie putt stopped right on the edge of the hole.....
Phil Mickelson has apologised, and says he is "embarrassed and disappointed" after he putted a moving ball during the US Open.
'Backstopping'. It's golf's latest term for us to get to grips with and it's causing mayhem with golf's morality and presents an awkward scenario for the rule book...
This one could run and run. And the run some more. Were DQ'd college teams actually instructed to play from the wrong tee?
We've been looking back at the best read stories of 2017, and at Number One it's the Lexi Thompson incident when she was left heart–broken and in tears after being landed with a four–stroke penalty while leading the final round of ANA Inspiration.
Lexi Thompson has taken to Twitter to respond to the new R&A rule changes. And it's safe to say she's a happy camper.
In a much–needed outbreak of collective sanity, armchair referees will no longer be able to submit potential rules violations that they see while watching tournament broadcasts. And there's more good news as well.
They say that girls rule and boys drool. Well, the girls say that anyway. And it's probably true, but on this occasion girls did indeed rule but it was the boys who took home the golf loot...
Elizabeth Moon had a short, very makeable, birdie putt to get into the final of the U.S. Girls' Junior, but the golfing gods were not smiling on her in this bizarre incident.
US PGA champion Jimmy Walker has laid into the European Tour for not penalising Spaniard Jon Rahm for a ball-marking error at the Irish Open.
An announcement will be made by the R&A and USGA tomorrow over the rules incident that cost Lexi Thompson her chance of winning the first women’s major earlier this month.
Lydia Ko has spoken out against the ruling which denied Lexi Thompson a major title at the ANA Inspiration.
England Golf has introduced a clause to CONGU’s handicapping system that requires players to return their scores to their home golf club. Here's why.
Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods have backed the changes to the rules of golf with Rory expressing the belief that the "revolutionary" modernisation and simplification could stop people turning away from the game.
Lorks a Lordy, as if there weren't more pressing matters at hand, Muirfield are in the news again as they announce they will have yet another vote on whether to go berserk and allow females to be admitted to their club.
The R&A and the USGA have announced the introduction of a new Local Rule that eliminates the penalty when a ball is accidentally moved on the putting green. And Dustin Johnson for one is delighted.
A 15-year-old schoolboy has missed out on setting a course record at South Moor Golf Club because of a rules mistake.
A cat has been ruining rounds at a golf course by stealing golf balls, and forcing the club's exasperated owners to change their rules.
Golf is a unique sport because it allows elderly people to compete against younger opponents. And now an 85–year old man has won a tournament.
A one-armed golfer has said that the ban on anchor putters is discriminatory and has effectively ruled him out of all club competitions.
The best-selling golf book in the world has had a redesign for the 2016 season and will be launched in the U.K. golf market.
Jordan Spieth is saying that his putter has "friction issues" with greens when they get "shiny." And has asked for a ruling. What on earth is he on about?
There is nothing worse. You are set up to smash another one down the fairway, you’ve practiced the swing, psyched yourself up...but wait...the guys in front of you are still ambling along without a care in the world. The moment is lost. By the time you finally get to hit your shot...you duff it into the rough somewhere.
Today the European Tour announced a significant change to its membership regulations for the 2016 season, with players now only required to compete in a minimum of five European Tour sanctioned tournaments outside the Major Championships and World Golf Championships.
There are over 1,000 bunkers (did someone count them all) at the breathtaking Whistling Straits Golf course in Wisconsin. Sand everywhere. So, it’s important we have an understanding of the rules this week.