Golf rule is changed regarding video use

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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.”

WHAT A YEAR: Jordan Spieth’s first round of the year was a pre-qualifier to get into the Monday qualifier at Torrey Pines. His last round will be at Sherwood Country Club, a last-minute alternate to the Northwestern Mutual World Challenge.

Tiger Woods is the host of the event which has had various title sponsors.

Spieth was selected as an alternate Tuesday to replace Brandt Snedeker, who is being extra cautious from a slight knee surgery from when he lost his balance on a Segway during a corporate outing in Shanghai.

The World Challenge is Dec. 5-8.

WELCOME ABOARD: Pro Football Hall of Famer Lynn Swann will be a board director for the PGA of America.

Swann, a member at Augusta National Golf Club, joins the board Saturday at the PGA’s annual meeting in San Diego. He will serve a three-year term.

“I came to the game late in life, but hope over the next three years to help the PGA bring golf to so many more people early in life,” Swann said.

INKSTER TO TRY TV: Juli Inkster, the 53-year-old Hall of Famer, is one of three additions to the Golf Channel’s cast of on-air talent for the 2014 season.

The others are Karen Stupples, already a strong voice of golf for the BBC, and Paige Mackenzie.


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