Golf

Simpson believes new guidelines are ‘killing the sport’

Cape City – After struggling a penalty on the
Gamers Championship, Webb Simpson is extra satisfied than ever that the
new guidelines of golf are dangerous for the sport.

Simpson referred to as on golf’s governing our bodies to take participant’s intent
into consideration when assessing penalties to make the principles extra honest.

The American was handed a one-shot penalty throughout his remaining spherical at
The Gamers Championship after his putter grew to become entangled in his shirt
on the 14th and he by chance moved his ball “1 / 4 of an inch”.

An on-course official dominated that Simpson had violated Rule 9.4b (Ball
Lifted or Moved by Participant), and Simpson had no selection however to take the
bogey on the chin.

Underneath the brand new guidelines, Simpson would have averted punishment had his
ball been on the inexperienced, a truth which solely appeared to frustrate him extra.

“My ball was on the perimeter, and I used to be seeing if I used to be standing within the
tough or if I used to be going to get each toes within the fringe and the tip of
my putter simply acquired caught on my shirt and it moved the ball a few
quarter of an inch,” he stated.

“If it is on the inexperienced it is not a penalty, so that is the place I am going
to be loud and clear. Now we have to get intent into the principles. Now we have to.
As a result of it is killing our recreation in the case of these sorts of issues.

“(The official) stated if the ball’s off the inexperienced it does not matter
about intent. Now you could be on the lookout for a ball within the tough this excessive
at a US Open; in the event you step on it, it is a penalty,” he stated.

“It used to not be a penalty. So that they have reversed that rule that
saved the participant from a mistake that anyone could make. Why would they
change that rule I am not so certain about.

“They are saying it is onerous to put in writing the rule with intent otherwise you open it up
for gray space. Effectively, I believe it is really the other as a result of why
would I attempt to transfer the ball? There is no benefit, and there are
cameras in all places too.

“I am simply hoping that one way or the other or one other intent can get broadened.”

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