Ball movement rule under review
The rules of golf could soon be changed to avoid the type of
penalty that might have cost Webb Simpson his first PGA Tour
Simpson lost in a playoff to Bubba Watson on Sunday at the
Zurich Classic of New Orleans. Simpson was leading by one shot when
he was assessed a one-stroke penalty on the 15th because his ball
moved as he was addressing it on the green.
Simpson said he had nothing to do with the ball moving and
called it a ”bad rule.”
USGA Vice President Thomas O’Toole said Monday that there will
be a proposal to change the rule starting in 2012. He says the new
wording will decree that a golfer won’t be penalized if he doesn’t
cause the ball’s movement.
O’Toole said the possible change has been under discussion for