How Fans Report Penalties on the PGA Tour

By Ryan Watson

 

The PGA Tour is the biggest tour in professional golf. Its marquee events are covered with dozens of camera men and course-side commentators and watched by millions of golf fans throughout the world. While this is also standard for other major sporting events, golf maintains a unique quirk: it allows anyone to alert match officials of potential penalties. That means that any of the viewers at home can directly influence a tournament by spotting and reporting an infraction. 

 

Reporting an Infraction

If you are certain you have spotted a rule violation, the PGA tour suggests fans contact them by using the feedback link on the PGA Tour website. In addition, fans can also contact officials on twitter @PGATOUR. 

Fairness

The issue of fairness comes up when discussing fans calling in rules violations. Those who feel fans should not be able to call in infractions point out that the more famous players enjoy the majority of television coverage and should not have to deal with extra scrutiny that other players do not face. Those who defend the practice believe that the integrity of the game demands that all rules be followed at all times. They view it as the duty of all golfers and golf fans to enforce all the rules of golf. 

Famous Examples

Tiger Woods was docked 2 strokes at the 2013 Masters when he took a drop a few yards away from his original shot. 

During the 2017 ANA Inspiration, one of the LPGA Tour's major championships, Lexi Thompson was given a 4 stroke penalty for accidentally replacing her ball about an inch from the correct location on a 1-foot putt. A viewer spotted this and called the tournament organizers to report the infraction. Without the penalty, Thompson would have won the tournament. Instead, she faced a a playoff which she ultimately lost. 

 

 

About The Author

Ryan Watson is a freelance sportswriter and history professor. He has been an avid fan of golf since his father signed him up for golf camp as a young child. Ryan enjoys following the professional game and learning about new equipment and gadgets.

ACTIVITY FEED

Glenn B.  just went PRO!

Brian K. joined GolfLink
Euquerio G. joined GolfLink
Matthew G. joined GolfLink
Harold L. joined GolfLink

View Activity Feed

Video of the Day
How to Read Sand to Control the Distance of Bunker Shots Watch Video>>

Related Articles

Article Image Who Makes the Cut at the British Open?

  The British Open, officially known as the Open Championship, ...

Article Image FedEx Cup Playoffs: Changes to 2019

  The FedExCup Playoffs have undergone an overhaul for the...

Article Image List of Winners of the U.S. Open

  The U.S. Open is one of the most prestigious tourn...

Article Image Exploring the New World Handicap System

One of the biggest changes in golf occurred in January 2020 but mig...

Article Image Golf History: The Stymie

  The rules of golf date back centuries and have remained sur...

View All Related Articles