Atlanta, GA, United States (4E Sports) – Commissioner Tim Finchem said the PGA Tour would ascertain if it is fair to disqualify players who signed incorrect scorecards after a spectator or video information brings up the fact.
A player is disqualified if information becomes known before the tournament ends but after a player signed his scorecard, since he did not receive penalty strokes.
While Finchem found it ‘awkward and difficult’ for spectators and television viewers to be alerting officials of rule issues, he noted that it is part of the tradition of the game.
It is also against the Rules of Golf for the PGA Tour to ban such practices.
“I think we need to do some more thinking about it. I think people in the game need to think about it” said Finchem at East Lake Golf Club, site of the season-ending Tour Championship.
Tiger Woods on Friday was assessed a two-stroke penalty at the BMW Championship only after enhanced slow-motion video footage showed that his ball moved while he attempted to remove debris.
Some saw the call as unfair to Woods, because unlike other players, there is always a camera focused on him.
Woods was involved in another rules ‘situation’ that came to light after a television viewer called in to note a violation earlier this year.