Today's announcement takes you back to the ANA Inspiration in April and the Lexi Thompson debacle where she was given a four-stroke penalty mid-round due to an infringement on the previous day after a viewer called in.
Thompson had two shots added to her score for mis-marking her ball in the third round of the event in California and a further two shots for signing an incorrect card.
The USGA and R&A said that starting January 1, one or more officials would be assigned to monitor the video broadcast of a competition to help identify and resolve rules issues as they arose.
Thompson went on to lose the tournament in the playoffs and the incident caused massive outcry.
A working group led by the USGA and The R&A has unanimously agreed to adopt a new set of protocols for video review when applying the Rules of Golf.
On Monday, the USGA and R&A confirmed they would discontinue the inclusion of viewer call-ins as of January 1, 2018.
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In addition to the video rules, the USGA/R&A statement said players would no longer incur a two-shot penalty for signing for a wrong score if it could be shown they were unaware of a penalty.
Because of the unpopularity around the PGA and LPGA tours, the USGA relaxed the rule to only be enforced on plays that could be discovered only through deep video investigation. Now only the options available on site, including players, caddies, marshals, spectators and video from the television broadcast partner, will be considered when reviewing a rules violation.
"As technology has continued to evolve, it has allowed us to evolve how we operate, as well".
On Dec. 11, the USGA, R&A, the PGA of America and golf's major professional tours jointly announced a new local rule which will end the era of golf fans and watchers calling in rules violations not spotted by golfers in the middle of competition. Material from smartphones or individual camera will no longer be used, with these protocols being the latest measures that have been engineered to address the concern and uncertainly related to video evidence.
"We have concluded that whilst players should continue to be penalised for all breaches of the Rules during a competition, including any that come to light after the scorecard is returned, an additional penalty for the scorecard error is not required".