PGA Tour Studying Rules IssuesSports Wednesday, September 18th, 2013
Commissioner Tim Finchem said Tuesday that spectators in the gallery or television viewers alerting officials to possible rules issues is “difficult and awkward” and that the PGA Tour is studying the matter. Finchem, speaking at East Lake Golf Club, site of the season-ending Tour Championship, said specifically that the tour would look into whether it is fair for a player to be disqualified for signing an incorrect scorecard when spectator or video information comes to light after the fact. Presently, if information becomes known prior to the conclusion of a tournament but after a player signed his scorecard — thereby not adding penalty strokes — he is disqualified. The issue is prominent again after the rules issue faced by Tiger Woods on Friday at the BMW Championship, where he was assessed a two-stroke penalty only after enhanced slow-motion video footage showed that his ball moved while he attempted to remove debris.
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