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Deja vu: Video review leads to a rules violation on the LPGA Tour

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While it didn’t cost her the tournament (poor final-round play did that), Nicole Broch Larsen incurred the wrath of video review at the Volunteers of America Texas Classic.

Broch Larsen was six under during her Saturday effort amid the weather-decimated tournament. Video review revealed she caused her ball to move at her second-to-last hole of the day.

Unwelcome stuff for Broch Larsen, yes, but making matters worse: an on-course rules official told her there was no infraction. She played on accordingly, and was retroactively hit with a one-stroke penalty. However, as she was following the guidance of a rules official, the LPGA didn’t assess an additional penalty stroke for playing a ball out of position.

You can see the incident in the Golf Channel video below.

The violation of Rule 18-2 is pretty clear, as it’s the act of Broch Larsen addressing the ball that caused it to move, rather than an outside agency. That said, it’s another curious case. To so-called “Lexi Thompson Rule” isn’t in effect, as the movement of the ball was readily apparent to the naked eye.

The tournament was a near washout, adding another layer of oddity to this incident. No golf was played Thursday. Friday’s round got started eight hours late, and the tournament was reduced to 36 holes.

Broch Larsen finished tied for 12th, six strokes behind winner Sung Hyun Park (-11).

Do you think Broch Larsen knew she’d committed a violation, but wasn’t aware she could still be penalized despite what the rules official said? Do you think she was genuinely unsure and trusted the opinion of the official? How did the official get it so wrong? What say you, GolfWRX members?

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  1. Todd Dugan

    May 8, 2018 at 2:41 pm

    Its pure speculation here as to what the conversation was between the player and rules official. Almost certainly, the video footage revealed a reality different than what the player reported. Having said that, the old rule was simple; if you grounded your club, you were DEEMED to have caused the ball to move. Now, maybe you did, maybe you didn’t. Who knows? Finally, there should be NO PENALTY at all for a ball at rest moved.

  2. One Day At A Time

    May 8, 2018 at 1:27 am

    I just want to point out how much perspective shift there would have been if she had called a penalty on herself without a rules official. It’s a bad rule, her intent was clear, but she had an opportunity to highlight those things, and, let’s be honest- did she really need an interpretation of the rule? No.

  3. Law Prof

    May 8, 2018 at 12:44 am

    I don’t think it was a fait accompli that she caused the ball to move. One can address a ball on a hillside and that ball may be about to move at any moment and then it moves completely incidental to addressing it. It wasn’t obvious to me, just jumping right out, that she’d touched the ball. I don’t know, but that’s a tough call.

    • Law Prof

      May 8, 2018 at 12:50 am

      …and yes, I understand she didn’t have to touch the ball to be penalized, but nonetheless, it wasn’t obvious to me that her address of the ball caused it to move. A judgment call. Which should be properly made by the official on the scene, not second-guessed after the fact. And again, at best it’s guesswork, an opinion. Probably she caused the ball to move, but only God knows, and it’s anything but certain.

  4. MacAllan

    May 7, 2018 at 11:01 pm

    Looks like LPGA has become more a video game then a live sport.

  5. Jon

    May 7, 2018 at 9:03 pm

    On that premise, If a rules official gets it wrong does she not get her stroke back later?

  6. Fyearoldgolfer

    May 7, 2018 at 6:31 pm

    Video won’t play, just audio

  7. Wiger Toods

    May 7, 2018 at 5:51 pm

    Hey ref, is that a foul?

    No.

    *game ends*

    Let’s go back and take free throws…

  8. Caroline

    May 7, 2018 at 4:33 pm

    You can bet the 10 or 20 spectators at that LPGA event did not see anything….If rules officials do not mean anything why have them…once a rule official says strike or ball it should be over…this action is just one more reason the LPGA is hurting…

  9. Jack

    May 7, 2018 at 4:19 pm

    Total BS. If the rules official deems it wasn’t an infraction, that is the end of it.

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