Video evidence of a rules violation no longer means a golfer automatically will be penalized.
In an effort to limit the sometimes harsh result of television reviews, golf’s ruling bodies have issued a new decision on the Rules of Golf that takes effect immediately.
Players can avoid a penalty if the violation could not be noticed with the naked eye. Rules officials also will eliminate penalties if they feel players made a reasonable judgment in taking a drop or replacing their golf ball on the putting green.
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The new decision would have spared Anna Nordqvist a two-shot penalty that cost her a chance to win the U.S. Women’s Open last year. Less clear is whether it would have exonerated Lexi Thompson at the ANA Inspiration this month.