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Golfers no longer face automatic
disqualification for two violations,
including an incorrect scorecard,
under the latest set of rules that
reflect a little more leniency in
handing out penalties.
The Royal & Ancient Golf Club
and US Golf Association announced
changes to the 2016 edition of the
Rules of Golf, which is updated
every four years.
Players will avoid disqualification
if the incorrect scorecard is the
result of penalty strokes they didn't
know about when they finished
their rounds. The penalty also was
softened for players using artificial
devices, such as training aids, in
the middle of the round.
The new rules take effect Jan-
The most notable addition was
Rule 14-1b, which bans an anchored
stroke used primarily for long put-
ters. That already went through an
exhaustive discussion and debate
two years ago, along with some
protesting from the PGA of America
that it would keep some recreational
golfers from playing.
Changes were made to 18 of the
34 rules. Most of them were tweaks,
though there were two instances
when the penalty no longer is dis-
"I think we would take the view
that we're certainly always looking
to apply proportionate penalties,
and we're very conscious that dis-
qualification is a very serious sit-
uation," said David Rickman, exec-
utive director of rules and
equipment standards for the R&A.
"And the removal from competition
is something that we should use
judiciously and therefore only when
appropriate. We feel that this is a
step in that right direction."
One of those changes involved
Players still face disqualification
if they sign for a lower score on a
hole. However, the new exception
to Rule 6-6d allows a player to avoid
disqualification if the score includes
a penalty that was discovered only
after he signed his card.
Previously, players were disqual-
ified if a violation was reported after
the round because their scorecards
did not account for the penalty
strokes. Starting in 2016, players
would have the penalty added to
the hole, along with an additional
two-shot penalty for the scorecard
One example was Camilo Ville-
gas, who chipped up the slope to
the 15th green at Kapalua in 2011,
and the ball rolled back toward him.
Villegas casually swatted away some
loose pieces of grass in front of the
divot as the ball was moving in that
direction. The violation (23-1) was
detected by a television viewer after
the round. It was a two-shot penal-
ty, and thus Villegas was disqualified
for an incorrect card.
Under the new rule, Villegas
would have four shots added to his
score --- two for the rules violation,
two for the scorecard error. But he
would remain in the tournament
(unless the additional shots meant
he missed the cut).
Rickman said the case of Tiger
Woods at the 2013 Masters does
Woods took an incorrect drop
on the 15th hole of the second
round. A former rules official saw
it on TV and notified the Masters
rules committee, which decided it
was not a violation and Woods
signed for a 71. Only later, after the
committee spoke to Woods, was it
a clear violation. He was given a
two-shot penalty but not disqual-
ified because the committee felt it
was at fault.
Rickman said the new exception
to Rule 6-6d would not have
applied because a committee error
Another change involved artificial
During a 30-minute wait in the
middle of her round at the 2010
Safeway Classic, Juli Inkster put
a weighted "doughnut" on her
nine-iron. She was disqualified
for violating Rule 14-3 banning
artificial devices. Now that penalty
is two shots (loss of hole in match
play), and the penalty for any sub-
sequent violation of the rule is
disqualification. DA Points was
disqualified for that rule at Pebble
Beach when he put a sponge ball
under his arm to swing during a
delay on the 18th tee.
Rickman said that also applies
to range finders. To use it once is
a two-shot penalty, twice is dis-
qualification. The other significant
change to the rules involved when
a ball at rest moves (Rule 18-2b).
Currently, if a ball moves after
it has been addressed, the player is
deemed to have caused the move-
ment and is penalised one shot. An
exception was added in 2012 for
when it is virtually certain that it
wasn't the player's fault (such as
strong gusts). (AP)
Defending NBA champions
Golden State Warriors will host
the New Orleans Pelicans on NBA
opening night tonight but will be
without head coach Steve Kerr
due to complications from a
recent back surgery.
It has been confirmed that assis-
tant head coach and former player
Luke Walton will handle the team
in place of Kerr, who led the War-
riors to the NBA title as a rookie
coach and the franchise's first
championship since 1975. The War-
riors-Pelicans opening day match-
up is the first for the teams since
Golden State swept New Orleans
in the first round of the Western
Conference Playoffs last season.
"Even if you ask Steve, he
doesn't know," Warriors general
manager Bob Myers said about the
status of Kerr, who had surgery on
his back in late July. "Basketball is
everything he's ever known and
loved. So you can relate to that.
You can know he'd do anything to
be out here in full capacity."
Kerr reportedly suffered the
injury while coaching the team in
the NBA Finals against the LeBron
James-led Cleveland Cavaliers.
The 50-year-old Kerr, who
played for multiple NBA teams
from 1988 to 2002, led the Warriors
to a 67-15 record in the regular
season, the best mark in the entire
league. The team went 16-5 in the
postseason beating the Pelicans,
Memphis Grizzlies in the second
round, 4-2, Houston Rockets in
the West Finals, 4-1 and the Cav-
aliers, 4-2 in each best-of-seven
series to go all the way to the NBA
Kerr's status is still indefinite
and it's unknown when he will able
to rejoin the Warriors, which faces
the Pelicans (twice), Houston Rock-
ets, Grizzlies and Los Angeles Clip-
pers in their first five games of the
Other matches include Cleveland
Cavaliers vs Chicago Bulls and
Detroit Pistons vs Atlanta Hawks.
Kerr to miss Warriors in NBA opener vs Pelicans
Golden State Warriors' shooting star Stephen Curry, right, will have do
without coach Steve Kerr, in their team's opener tonight against New
Orleans Pelican in the NBA.
change 18 of 34 rules BASEL---Rafael Nadal rallied from
losing positions twice to beat Lukas
Rosol of the Czech Republic 1-6, 7-5,
7-6 (4) in the Swiss Indoors first round
The 69th-ranked Rosol, who beat
Nadal at Wimbledon in 2012, served
for the match leading 5-4 in the second
set but lost seven straight games.
Nadal then trailed 3-0 in the decisive
tiebreaker before clinching a victory he
celebrated with vigorous fist pumps.
"For me it was very difficult to
adjust," said the seventh-seeded
Spaniard, who played his first indoor
match this season. "I tried to survive
in that second set and wait for an
Earlier, French qualifier Adrian Man-
narino, beat Viktor Troicki of Serbia,
4-6, 7-5, 7-6 (3), and Austria's Dominic
Thiem beat Dutchman Robin Haase 0-
6, 7-6 (5), 7-5.
Muguruza, Kerber win at
SINGAPORE --- Garbine Muguruza won
her first match at the WTA Finals, and
Angelique Kerber won her second.
Muguruza, the second-seeded
Spaniard who was making her debut at
the season-ending tournament, beat
Lucie Safarova 6-3, 7-6 (4) Monday. Ker-
ber, seeded sixth, defeated Petra Kvitova
6-2, 7-6 (3).
The 22-year-old Muguruza is the first
Spaniard to play in the WTA Finals since
Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario in 2001.
"To go here, and play and win for the
first time, it's great," Muguruza said. "So
I feel now more calm, more in the tour-
Muguruza reached her first Grand Slam
final this year at Wimbledon, losing to
Serena Williams in straight sets. She was
the first Spanish woman to reach a Grand
Slam final since Conchita Martinez lost
the French Open final in 2000, and the
first to do so at Wimbledon since
Sanchez-Vicario in 1995 and 1996.
Kerber is playing at the WTA Finals
for the third time, and her victory over
the fourth-seeded Kvitova was her sev-
enth match at the tournament. She has
never advanced from the round-robin
stage of the competition.
Pospisil beats Giraldo in
VALENCIA --- Vasek Pospisil advanced
to the second round of the Valenica
Open following a 6-4, 6-3 win over
Santiago Giraldo in Spain, yesterday.
Canadian Pospisil had won all three
of his previous matches against the
Extending that record proved
straightforward, as Pospisil used his
big serve and powerful forehand to
"I played pretty well overall and did
a good job despite a few nerves at the
end. I came up with some good points
and great shots and that was the key
to the match," Pospisil said.
The 25-year-old Pospisil held his
serve to love in his opening three serv-
ice games before breaking Giraldo in
the tenth game for the opening set.
Although the South American
offered a stern resistance in the second,
saving four break points in a marathon
ten minute sixth game, Pospisil even-
tually served out the match.
He next faces Jeremy Chardy of
France or Britain's Aljaz Bedene. (AP)
Nadal rallies from brink to beat Rosol
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