IRVING, Texas – The consensus among LPGA Tour players after Wednesday’s new rules announcement is there is no consensus. Players were all over the map.
The new Decision 34-3/10 is effective immediately. Players will avoid a penalty if the violation could not be noticed with the naked eye on video. Penalties will also not be assessed when officials believe players made a reasonable judgment in replacing balls on the putting surface or taking drops.
Some, like Stacy Lewis, felt the USGA/R&A missed the mark.
“It really just put more clouds up in the air,” said Lewis. “It didn’t really clarify anything. It created more judgements. I don’t think it changed Lexi’s (Thompson) ruling at all.”
Others felt it was a good step in the right direction and cleared Thompson.
“I think it’s good for the game,” said Morgan Pressel. “There’s been too many really big championships that have been decided by technology in a sense.”
The one area where everyone agreed: More needs to be…