Golfers will no longer be penalized if their ball moves from a rest position without their knowledge under new rules next year by the sport's governing bodies.
The U.S. Golf Association and the Royal & Ancient Golf Club addressed the issue of video technology while announcing several rule changes Tuesday.
In a joint statement, the organizations said that when "enhanced technological evidence" shows a ball has changed location, it "will not be deemed to have moved if that movement was not reasonably discernible to the naked eye at the time."
The R&A and the USGA say improved technology has "brought a new level of scrutiny to rules issues arising in elite golf tournaments" and an "increasing number of inquiries to officials from television viewers and others."
To comment, the following rules must be followed:
Comments may be monitored for inappropriate content, but the station is under no legal obligation to do so.
If you believe a comment violates the above rules, please use the Flagging Tool to alert a Moderator.
Flagging does not guarantee removal.
Multiple violations may result in account suspension.
Decisions to suspend or unsuspend accounts are made by Station Moderators.
Questions may be sent to email@example.com. Please provide detailed information.