advocated previously – but that would be laughable. It is reassuring, however, to see that so many of us are on the same page. From January 1st, 2018, the most important bodies in the game (R&A, USGA etc.) will pursue the most logical and sensible solution possible to cutting the armchair pundits out of the game: namely the tournament’s governing body will assign officials to watch the live TV coverage and then make the decision on whether any penalties need to be applied. Those armchair guys were making a mockery of tournament processes… but thankfully no more.
- Assign one or more officials to monitor the video broadcast of a competition to help identify and resolve Rules issues as they arise
- Discontinue any steps to facilitate or consider viewer call-ins as part of the Rules decision process