Golf’s rulers finally act to curb influence of TV closeups and viewer...

Golf’s rulers finally act to curb influence of TV closeups and viewer emails on tournament outcomes

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Two of the strangest controversies to affect pro golf in recent years will not be repeated after two of the sport’s governing bodies passed new limits on the use of video evidence in the game.

The new decisions, passed this week by the USGA and the R&A, come less than a month after a television viewer spied U.S. golfer Lexi Thompson misplacing a marked ball during the third round of the ANA Inspiration. The viewer sent an email to the LPGA Tour to inform them of what he saw, and a day later, Thompson was assessed a four-stroke penalty, which turned out to be enough to fall from first place at the season’s first major tournament.

Thompson told Golf Channel she “did not mean to do…



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