MAY 1, 2017

Only a few players can claim to have caused changes to the sacred Rules of Golf.

Sam Snead’s croquet-style putting was banned. Jeff Maggert struck himself with a shot from a fairway bunker at the Masters when it caromed off a lip, and that penalty was reduced later from two shots to one. Dustin Johnson watched his golf ball move on the green at Oakmont last summer although he never touched it or grounded his putter behind the ball, yet he was penalized. That rule was revised.

Now we have “The Lexi Thompson Rule.” The U.S. Golf Association and the R&A, golf’s governing bodies, reacted to her four-shot penalty and subsequent loss in the ANA Inspiration (“4-stroke penalty stuns Thompson at ANA,” April 3, and enacted looser rules on violations that can’t be seen by “the naked eye” and allow for more common sense and “reasonable judgment” (“Looser rules guidelines offer convenient excuses,” April 26,


In the summer of 2011, Carol Fromuth, a coach and junior golf administrator in St. Louis for some 40 years, introduced the Accelerated Golf Tour. The tour has been a godsend for players, parents and coaches on the high school and college landscape, a program that provides top-notch competition at championship facilities, invaluable information and budget-friendly costs.

In short, it’s a hat trick for those in the college golf environment – a win-win-win.

In the news

Withdrew: From the Zurich Classic of New Orleans, John Senden, to be with his family while son Jacob, 13, seeks treatment for a brain tumor. In a statement released Saturday by the PGA Tour, Senden gave no timetable for a return.

Assessed: The first slow-play penalty on the PGA Tour since 1995, to teammates Brian Campbell and Miguel Angel Carballo in the opening round of the Zurich Classic of New Orleans tournament. Carballo was issued a warning on the 12th hole and Campbell was given a similar notice on No. 14 at TPC Louisiana in Avondale. Because the format was foursomes and only one ball was in play, the combined “bad times” were deemed to be two violations and a one-stroke penalty was levied. The penalty turned a par into a bogey at the par-3 14th and a 2-over 74. Campbell and Carballo missed the cut. Glen Day was the most recent golfer dinged for slow play in a Tour event, at the 1995 Honda Classic.

Granted: PGA Tour status, to Ian Poulter, whose FedEx Cup points were refigured after Brian Gay inquired about his own status. Poulter, like Gay, had returned to the Tour on a major medical extension. However, Poulter apparently came up short of the FedEx Cup points needed in 10 events to secure fully exempt status. When Gay questioned the Tour about why he had been unable to be exempt for The Players Championship, the Tour recomputed the points. As it turns out, not only did Gay gain a spot in this month’s Players, but the new computations also gave Poulter exempt status for the rest of the 2016-17 season. The Tour’s explanation:

Keeping score


Number of strokes by which Matt Atkins won the El Bosque Mexico Championship, his first Tour title. Atkins, who led by one stroke after 54 holes, shot a bogey-free 4-under 68 on Sunday at El Bosque Country Club in Leon, Mexico, for a 17-under 271 total. With the $117,000 first prize, Atkins moved from T-87 to sixth on the season money list. The top 25 will earn PGA Tour cards for next season.


Number of playoff holes that Haru Nomura needed Sunday to defeat Cristie Kerr to win the LPGA’s Volunteers of America Texas Shootout. Nomura and Kerr had tied at 3-under 281 on windblown Las Colinas Country Club in Irving, Texas. In the playoff, Nomura and Kerr matched each other with five consecutive pars on the par-5 18th hole. After the sixth extra trip to the 18th tee, Nomura, 24, of Japan, two-putted for birdie to win her third career LPGA title.


Deficit, in strokes, that Alexander Levy made up in the final round Sunday to win the Volvo China Open. Levy, of France, birdied the 72nd hole to tie 54-hole leader Dylan Frittelli of South Africa at 17-under 271. Upon returning to the par-5 18th at Topwin Golf and Country Club in Beijing, Levy sank a 15-foot birdie putt to claim his fourth European Tour title, including second China Open. Frittelli struggled in the final round, playing the final seven holes in 2 over. He was the only top-10 finisher not to birdie No. 18 after having made 4 on it in the three previous rounds.


Length, in feet and inches, of the pitch-and-run shot that Kevin Kisner holed for eagle on the par-5 18th hole Sunday as he and teammate Scott Brown tied Jonas Blixt and Cameron Smith at 27-under 261 in the Zurich Classic of New Orleans. Darkness halted play, pushing the playoff to 9 a.m. EDT Monday at the 18th hole at TPC Louisiana in Avondale, with live coverage on Golf Channel. The playoff will use the four-ball (better-ball) format. This is the first team event on the PGA Tour since 1981. The tournament will award FedEx Cup points and official prize money, and each member of the winning team will be credited with a Tour victory. No Official World Golf Ranking points will be awarded.

High-level players need to know rules

I enjoyed your piece about the rules issues that seem to drive everyone to think the rules and their application are unfair and even incorrect (“Looser rules guidelines offer convenient excuses,” April 26,

There's apparently strong belief from players, media and fans that when a rule is breached, the penalty is too severe and the steps used by officials to gather information is skewed. I'd counter that players, particularly those playing in high-level competitions, should know all of the rules, not just simple ones such as out of bounds, lost ball, etc. 


Thousands of golfers were expected to turn out today for the seventh annual World’s Largest Golf Outing. The event, to benefit Fisher House Foundation and Arnie’s Army Charitable Foundation, was scheduled at more than 140 courses nationwide that are managed by Billy Casper Golf.

The Summer Kickoff on May 7 will open the spring event schedule for Salish Cliffs Golf Club, officials announced. Five other events headline the May-June schedule at the club in Shelton, Wash.

Srixon and Cleveland Golf congratulated staff player Matt Atkins, who won the El Bosque Mexico Championship on Sunday for his first Tour victory. Atkins won using a bag of Srixon equipment, including the Srixon Z-Star XV Tour Yellow golf ball.

May 4-7 Tour: Corales Puntacana Resort and Club Championship
Corales GC, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
LPGA: Lorena Ochoa Match Play
Mexico GC, Mexico City
Amateur: Lytham Trophy
Royal Lytham and St. Annes, Lytham, England
PGA Tour: Wells Fargo Championship
Eagle Point GC, Wilmington, N.C.
May 5-7
Champions Tour: Insperity Invitational
The Woodlands (Texas) CC
May 9-10
NGF Golf Business Symposium
Renaissance Resort at World Golf Village, St. Augustine, Fla.
May 11-14
PGA Tour: The Players Championship
TPC Sawgrass, Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.
European Tour: Portugal Open
Morgado G&CC, Portimao, Portugal
May 18-21
LPGA: Kingsmill Championship
Kingsmill Resort (River Course), Williamsburg, Va. Tour: BMW Charity Pro-Am
Thornblade Club, Greer, S.C.
Champions Tour: Regions Tradition
Greystone G&CC, Birmingham, Ala.
PGA Tour: AT&T Byron Nelson
TPC Four Seasons Resort, Irving, Texas
European Tour: The Rocco Forte Open
Verdura GC, Agrigento, Italy
May 21-25
Industry: ING Spring Conference
World Golf Village and Hall of Fame Museum, St. Augustine, Fla.

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