The Rules of Golf are prolonged and, many would admit, complicated.
Players during a tip levels are underneath a microscope like never before. HDTV cameras collect adult things a exposed eye can’t see.
What’s worse than being guilty of an infringement that we don’t even know we committed? Thankfully, that altered with new “Decision 34-3/10: Limitations on Use of Video Evidence” though not before it costs Lexi Thompson a major. More on that shortly.
The Rules of Golf are meant to strengthen a firmness of a game. They do that for a many part.
But there are resources were we see a funny, a peculiar and even a infuriating play out.
Here are 10 important manners penalties.
10. Ryuji Imada’s 26-shot chastisement during a 2010 Mission Hills Star Trophy in China
What happened: OK — this one falls on Imada for not reading a contest notice, though we also feel a bit of magnetism for a former PGA Tour leader since this is clearly a box of “the manners are a rules… until there’s a ‘local rule.'”
The initial turn was being played with lift, purify and place due to soothing conditions. Imada insincere that underneath that rule, he was entitled to place his golf turn within one club-length of a strange spot, as is a box on a PGA Tour.
However, a manners are a small opposite — infrequently — on a Asian and European Tours, that authorised this sold event. The internal order settled that players could place a turn usually within a length of one scorecard of a strange position.
Danny Lee forked out a infringement to Imada when they reached a 12th hole. Imada sensitive officials after a turn of what he’d done. While he couldn’t remember a accurate series of times he had softened his position some-more than what was allowed, Imada guessed it was substantially around 13 times.
As a result, he was assessed 13 two-stroke penalties — 26 chastisement strokes sum — and sealed for a 24-over-par 97. Not an ideal start.
9. Raymond Floyd’s two, two-shot penalties in initial turn of a 1987 Players Championship
What happened: OK. This one goes proceed back, though we felt it was important since of a weird/unlikely factor.
As caddies infrequently do, Floyd’s walked brazen of him before he teed off on a 11th hole during TPC Sawgrass. When a caddie reached a yardage around where his tutor was expected to finish up, he put a golf bag down in a severe with a tip apportionment of a bag confronting a tee.
You substantially know where this is going…
Floyd’s tee turn rolled into a severe and — get this — right into his possess golf bag. That disregarded “Rule 19-2: Ball deflected or stopped by apparatus of actor or partner.” It resulted in a two-shot penalty.
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In a same round, there was a sleet delay. When players returned to a march after a delay, Floyd asked personification partner Seve Ballesteros if he could strike a few golf balls — before play strictly resumed — into a woods by a sixth tee to disencumber up. Ballesteros obliged.
That disregarded Rule 33-2c, prohibiting players from practicing in non-practice areas on any day or between rounds of a stroke-play competition. The chastisement for that infringement is dual strokes.
8. Jeff Maggert’s two-shot chastisement in a final turn of a 2003 Masters
What happened: Maggert began a final turn of a 2003 Masters with a two-shot lead over contingent champion Mike Weir.
The adage: “Sometimes, it’s usually not your day,” never rang truer than what would be Maggert’s predestine that Sunday during Augusta National.
Playing a 350-yard, par-4 third hole, Maggert’s tee shot with a 2-iron found a fairway bunker. No large deal, you’d think.
From 106 yards out, Maggert comparison his 53-degree crowd to play his proceed shot. However, a turn clipped a mouth of a bunker, bounced behind and strike Maggert in a chest.
Like Floyd years before him, this was another box of Rule 19-2b and Maggert called a two-stroke chastisement on himself for a turn “accidentally attack a player, his caddie, or his equipment.”
He would hole an 18-footer for a triple-bogey 7 and fell dual behind Weir. A quintuple-bogey 8 after on a par-3 12th, with dual H2O balls, did Maggert in. He would finish fifth.
7. Brian Davis incurs two-stroke playoff during playoff during 2010 Heritage
What happened: We all know that golf is a ultimate diversion of honor.
Few examples of that are improved than this Davis distress during a 2010 Heritage, where he was perplexing to win for a initial time on a PGA Tour.
Davis was tied for a lead with Jim Furyk after 72 holes and a span headed behind to a 18th tee during Harbour Town for a initial hole of a playoff.
After attack his proceed shot on a standard 4, Davis was in a jeopardy left of a green. Naturally, being that this was a playoff, he went into a jeopardy to try to play his shot out of it.
The thing about a jeopardy is we can't pierce anything inside a jeopardy while personification your shot. When Davis strike his third shot, he usually hardly nicked a reed on his takeaway and immediately called a chastisement on himself for a infraction, a defilement of Rule 13.4 for relocating a lax snag in a hazard.
Furyk would win a contest with a standard and Davis is still looking for his initial Tour win.
6. Bryson DeChambeau’s use of a sketch compass on a golf course
What happened: In an radical move, DeChambeau pulled out a compass during a Travelers Championship in Jun 2018, though apparently that was distant from a initial time he’s used one on a golf course. He had reportedly been regulating one for roughly dual years.
Talked to Bryson about a compass. Said he’s been regulating it for roughly 2 years though people are usually now noticing. Uses it to establish “true pin locations.” Expects a statute from Tour in subsequent week about either he can keep regulating it in competition.
— Will Gray (@WillGrayGC) June 24, 2018
The USGA announced a few weeks after that DeChambeau’s compass use would violate Rule 14-3, that prohibits players from regulating an artifical device or surprising apparatus that competence support him.
5. Dustin Johnson’s one-stroke chastisement during a 2016 U.S. Open
What happened: After personification 13 holes during Oakmont in a final turn of a 2016 U.S. Open, Dustin Johnson had a one-stroke advantage over Shane Lowry.
At that moment, he was sensitive of a intensity manners infringement that happened on No. 5 when his golf turn altered on a immature usually as he was addressing it. At a time, Johnson called in a manners central and explained that his turn moved, though he didn’t trust he caused it to move. The central told him to play on though penalty.
However, as a turn continued, officials took a closer demeanour during a video and believed Johnson did in fact means a turn to move. If he did, it would meant a one-shot penalty.
Unfortunately, a preference wouldn’t be done until after a turn definition a garland of players didn’t know where they stood — including Johnson with 5 holes to play. Was he still one cadence ahead? Was he tied for a lead?
In a end, it was a indecisive point. Johnson would be assessed a one-stroke chastisement for relocating his ball, though won a contest anyway. Still, it was a treacherous dual hours for players and spectators.
Later in 2016, golf’s ruling bodies introduced a new order to discharge a chastisement when a turn is incidentally altered on a green. Under a new rule, “When a player’s turn lies on a putting green, there is no chastisement if a turn or ball-marker is incidentally altered by a player, his partner, his opponent, or any of their caddies or equipment. The altered turn or ball-marker contingency be transposed as supposing in Rules 18-2, 18-3 and 20-1.”
4. Dustin Johnson’s two-stroke chastisement on a 72nd hole during a 2010 PGA Championship
What happened: Johnson, with a one-shot lead, was on a 18th hole in a final turn of a 2010 PGA Championship during Whistling Straits looking for his initial vital win.
After his expostulate went right, Johnson found himself on a patch of sand. Though a silt wasn’t noted as a bunker, there were warnings handed to players and posted in a locker room via a week, informing all competitors that all sandy areas during Whistling Straits — inside and outward a ropes — would be played as bunkers as against to rubbish areas. This meant that players would not be authorised to belligerent their clubs when in such an area.
Johnson didn’t trust that his conditions on a 18th hole fell underneath a internal rule. He suspicion a area he was in was mud instead of sand.
Unfortunately for him, he was wrong. What would have been a spook to tumble into a playoff, instead led to a abrasive triple spook that kept Johnson dual strokes out of a playoff.
3. College golfer David Wicks gets two-stroke chastisement for blank golf ball
Here’s video of Wicks looking for his ball. Just talked to him: “I was dynamic to redeem myself. That wasn’t a proceed we was going out.” pic.twitter.com/KoqjiOd2O6
— Ryan Lavner (@RyanLavnerGC) May 18, 2017
What happened: The manners for finiding a blank turn are flattering true forward. You have 5 mins to do so and — if we can’t find a turn — you’re assessed a two-stroke penalty.
Not all penalties are combined equal, however. In a box of David Wicks, a comparison from Jacksonville University personification in a 2017 Baton Rouge Regional final May, he didn’t even strike a bad shot — or a shot during all — when his turn went missing.
Wicks noted his turn on a 13th green, 3 feet from a hole and put a turn in his pocket. When he reached into a same slot moments after to lift out his scorecard, a turn fell out, strike his shoe and rolled into a pool during a corner of a green.
NCAA manners state that a actor contingency find their personal turn to continue a hole though penalty. That meant Wicks nude down to his underwear and jumped into a pool in an try to find and reinstate his ball.
After a five-minute search, Wicks found 20 golf balls, though nothing of them was his own. Therefore, he was assessed a two-stroke penalty.
There was a china lining, however, as Wicks and his teammates did conduct to validate for Nationals notwithstanding a crazy penalty.
Believe it or not, a identical conditions played out during a 2004 Players Championship with Ian Poulter, though his tutor during a time was means to collect a turn and no chastisement was assessed.
2. Phil Mickelson chases after, hits relocating turn on immature during 2018 U.S. Open
What happened: The five-time vital champion — a six-time runner-up in a U.S. Open, a usually vital he has nonetheless to win — dumbfounded a golf universe during Shinnecock Hills when he strike his relocating golf turn behind toward a hole on a 13th immature after a missed spook putt.
It was suggestive of John Daly attack a relocating turn during Pinehurst No. 2 in a 1999 U.S. Open.
Mickelson would fire an 11-over 81 in a third turn that forsaken him to 17 over for a week and in 65th place.
He pronounced he knew a turn was going to hurl off a green, that is because he motionless to strike it while it was still moving.
Here’s a demeanour during Rule 14-5:
Rule 14: Striking a Ball
5. Playing Moving Ball
A actor contingency not make a cadence during his turn while it is moving.
— Ball descending off tee (Rule 11-3)
— Striking a turn some-more than once (Rule 14-4)
— Ball relocating in H2O (Rule 14-6)
When a turn starts to pierce usually after a actor has begun a cadence or a behind transformation of his bar for a stroke, he incurs no chastisement underneath this Rule for personification a relocating ball, though he is not free from any chastisement underneath Rule 18-2 (Ball during rest altered by player).
Penalty for Breach of Rule 14-5:
Match play — Loss of hole; Stroke play — Two strokes.
“No doubt it was going to go down in a same mark behind a bunker, we wasn’t going to have a shot,” he said. “I don’t know if we would have been means to save a shot or whatnot, though we know it’s a two-shot chastisement attack a relocating ball, we attempted to strike it as tighten to a hole as we could to make a subsequent one. You take a dual shots and pierce on.”
1. Lexi Thompson’s two-stroke chastisement during a 2017 ANA Inspiration for improperly replacing golf turn AND two-stroke chastisement for unknowingly signing for an improper score
What happened: Sometimes, a chastisement doesn’t fit a crime. That seemed to be a box here for Lexi Thompson, generally when we cruise a circumstances.
Thompson had a two-stroke lead by 12 holes in a final turn of a LPGA’s initial vital of a season. But, she unequivocally didn’t.
As Thompson walked off a 12th green, she was stopped by an official. The central sensitive a LPGA star that Thompson was going to be assessed two, two-stroke penalties for infractions that happened 24 hours progressing in a third round.
A radio spectator beheld that Thompson improperly transposed her turn from inside of 2 feet on a 17th green. The video was reviewed and Thompson was docked dual shots.
As a outcome of that chastisement — that she wasn’t wakeful of following turn 3 — Thompson afterwards also sealed for an improper score. Instead of a 67, she should have had a 69. Until recently, that in itself would have led to a disqualification.
An romantic Thompson would convene during a ANA, though mislaid on a initial hole of a playoff.
Shortly after that hapless incident, a order was immediately changed. Many call Decision 34-3/10: Limitations on Use of Video Evidence a “Lexi Rule.”
The order is in courtesy to “naked eye” and “reasonable judgment” stipulations on a use of video and other evidence.