Golf’s governing body announced a sensible fix to its harsh ball-movement rules this week.A player addressing his ball will no longer be penalised if it randomly moves.
So if a gust of wind or something comes by and moves Tiger’s ball a half inch, it’s no longer his fault.
This probably should have been the case all along.
But golf is instituting the change after high-profile players like Rory McIlroy and Webb Simpson got burned with ball-movement penalties this season.
Another new change is that players will be allowed to smooth over sand or dirt before playing from a hazard as long as it doesn’t improve their lie.
So expect a bit more landscaping from players in 2012.
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