New Zealand golf Association - New Local Rule Eliminates Penalty for a Player Who Accidentally Causes a Ball to Move on the Putting Green
9 December 2016, St Andrews, Scotland and Far Hills, NJ, USA:
The R&A and the USGA today announced the introduction of a new Local Rule that eliminates the penalty when a ball is accidentally moved on the putting green.
The Local Rule will be available for any committee in charge of a competition to use starting 1 January 2017. It will be adopted by The R&A and the USGA in all of their championships, qualifying competitions and international matches.
David Rickman, Executive Director - Governance at The R&A, said,
'For the past several years, as part of The R&A and USGA's Rules Modernisation initiative, we have considered the penalty for a ball that is accidentally moved on the putting green. Both Rules Committees agreed that it needed to be changed and decided that in this particular case it was important to act now, through a Local Rule, rather than wait for the next overall set of revisions to the Rules of Golf.'