More on the Lexi Thompson Ruling

By | April 24, 2017

R&A and USGA set for announcement on Lexi Thompson incident – Marin Dempster for The Scotsman

Now, it has emerged that the R&A and USGA, the game’s two ruling bodies, will make an announcement tomorrow that looks set to address the Thompson affair. That probably points to no-one, and certainly not armchair viewers, being able to influence events in such a way once a scorecard has been signed.

A welcome development if it turns out to be true.

I’ve never been comfortable with the idea that a player’s score can be audited after being signed. Why are event officials not held to the same standard of verifying a score at the time of signing? Once the player and officials agree on a score it should be official.

If officials aren’t comfortable with signing the card in that little tent following the round then what’s the point? Would you sign a binding contract with someone if they maintained the right to change it after the fact and pass the penalties on to you?

The current rule works better in smaller events where there is a greater need to protect the field due to smaller staffing levels. When the opportunity is there let’s put the pressure back on event officials and let the players golf.