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Bunker issues

Bunker issues

Here at the Sony Open in Hawaii, we have a unique bunker situation where the 1st and 9th holes parallel the practice tee. Because of limited space, advanced equipment and the physical ability of today’s players, there is a need for sixty to...

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Relief from a bleacher

Relief from a bleacher

During round 1 of the SBS Tournament of Champions on the Plantation Course at Kapalua, Maui, HI, a player took the correct relief from the bleacher at #9 green Since he had taken relief from the bleacher, what would the ruling be if: The player’s...

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New Local Rule Under 18-2

New Local Rule Under 18-2

As a referee serving on a Rules Committee, one of the most challenging aspects of making a ruling is that you were not there to see what actually happened. At that point it is the responsibility of the referee to gather all of the information...

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Experience Counts

Experience Counts

The start of 2017 marks my 9th year with the PGA TOUR and my 20th year working as a Tournament Official in professional golf. Although I regard myself as a seasoned member of staff, as I look around the Rules office this week at the SBS...

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Multi Course Setup

Multi Course Setup

by Tom Hearn | Dec 12, 2016 | Insights | 0 comments Last week at orange county national in Winter Garden, Florida at the final stage of the Web.com Tour Qualifying Tournament, two different courses were used simultaneously which requires the...

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