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Golf rules tweaked over use of video technology

Published November 19, 2013 9:00 am

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Golfers will no longer be penalized if their ball moves from a rest position without their knowledge under new rules next year by the sport's governing bodies.

The U.S. Golf Association and the Royal & Ancient Golf Club addressed the issue of video technology while announcing several rule changes Tuesday.

In a joint statement, the organizations said that when "enhanced technological evidence" shows a ball has changed location, it "will not be deemed to have moved if that movement was not reasonably discernible to the naked eye at the time."

The R&A and the USGA say improved technology has "brought a new level of scrutiny to rules issues arising in elite golf tournaments" and an "increasing number of inquiries to officials from television viewers and others."