The rule that got Mark Roe disqualified from the British Open two years ago when he forgot to swap scorecards with Jesper Parnevik has been revised to allow officials to correct the mistake without penalty.
That was among the 111 amendments to the "Decisions on the Rules of Golf," which take effect Jan. 1.
Other changes allow for measuring devices, such as GPS systems or rangefinders, to be used at the discretion of tournament organizers. The Tight Lies Tour began using a GPS system this year for players who can't afford caddies, hoping it would speed play.
The PGA and European tours, among other top circuits, allow caddies or players to use rangefinders only during practice rounds.
The U.S. Golf Association and the Royal & Ancient Golf Club also agreed to add a decision that would allow players to stand square to the hole if their intent is to stay out of another player's line. That got Brian Davis of England disqualified from a European tour event, and Tiger Woods was investigated -- and cleared -- when it appeared he did that on the 14th hole of the first round at this year's Masters.
The "Decisions of the Rules of Golf," which contains more than 1,200 incidents, is published every two years. The Rules of Golf is amended every four years.
Roe realizes he will forever be linked to a scorecard mistake, and often plays in pro-ams where someone will say, "Don't give Roe the card."
"It may happen again," he said. "But obviously now, no one will be punished."
-- From News Services