The New Local Rule in Action

In the group stage of the PGA Tour’s WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play Championship last Friday at Austin (Texas) Country Club, Tyrrell Hatton was competing in a three-man sudden-death playoff to determine who would advance to the Round of 16.

On the putting green of the first extra hole, Hatton was preparing to putt for par when he grounded his putter behind his ball and caused it to move. In the past, Hatton would have incurred a one-stroke penalty and replaced his ball before playing his next stroke. However, the PGA Tour adopted the new Local Rule, which the USGA and The R&A implemented on Jan. 1, 2017, giving the Committee the option to eliminate the penalty for accidental movement of a ball on the putting green.

 

 

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