Rule Change Following Lexi Thompson Controversy

Rule Change Following Lexi Thompson Controversy

The R&A and USGA have agreed to make rule changes to lessen the impact of video technology after Lexi Thompson controversially lost the ANA Inspiration earlier this month.

Thompson was given a four stroke penalty while leading the final round of the year’s first major, after a television viewer spotted her incorrectly replace a marked ball in the third round, and informed officials.

The R&A and USGA want to allow tournament officials more flexibility to apply common sense in certain situations. A joint statement said “The use of video technology can make it possible to identify things that could not be seen with the naked eye.”

The changes can be summarised as:

– If a breach could not be seen with the naked eye or players were not aware, it will not be deemed a breached of the rules.

– A player’s reasonable judgement will be accepted, even if later proved wrong by video evidence.