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Change of rule means amateurs can now win big for a hole-in-one

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On Monday, the USGA and R&A announced that the previous rule of amateurs acceptance of big prizes for a hole-in-one would be abolished from January 1, 2020.

In 2012, the organizations updated their rules to permit amateur golfers who won luxury prizes or large sums of cash for making a hole-in-one during a round of golf to accept them without losing their amateur status. As of 2020, the policy will be updated to allow players to accept prizes of any value for a hole-in-one made outside of rounds of golf as well.

As of this moment, the current rule does not permit a player to accept a prize over $750 outside of a round of golf (hole-in-one on a simulator, or at a driving range etc.) without a forfeit of his/her amateur status, but Monday’s change has seen Rule 3-2b of the Rules of Amateur Status updated to the following

“An amateur golfer may accept a prize in excess of the limit in Rule 3-2a, including a cash prize, for making a hole-in-one during a round of golf on a golf course. An amateur golfer may also accept a prize in excess of the limit in Rule 3-2a, including a cash prize, for making a hole-in-one during contests held outside a round of golf, including multiple-entry contests and contests conducted other than on a golf course (e.g., on a driving range, golf simulator or putting green) provided in all cases that the length of the shot is at least 50 yards.”

Speaking on the update of the rule, the USGA and R&A said in a joint statement

“It is hoped the change will help to promote the game and cater to new audiences as well and eliminate unnecessary restrictions for event organizers.” 

The move is part of a structure with the ultimate aim of implementing a fully modernized set of Amateur Status Rules for the start of January 2022.

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Gianni is the Assistant Editor at GolfWRX. He can be contacted at gianni@golfwrx.com. Follow him on Twitter @giannimosquito

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  1. 2putttom

    Dec 10, 2019 at 12:57 pm

    outstanding !

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Tommy’s in town…..

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OK, damn it…Can we please make night golf a thing?

And Tiger is still the hottest thing goin…that’ll never change.

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Boxing great Tyson ‘DeChambeau’ Fury shows off his powerful golf swing

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Tyson Fury has dominated in the ring over the past decade, and it seems like the English boxer’s sporting ability extends to golf also.

The two-time heavyweight world champion showed off his driving skills this week with his TaylorMade clubs, crushing a drive 306 yards on a 330-yard par 4 hole. What’s more, Fury was able to achieve that distance without even taking a full swing. As the caption says: ‘More like Tyson DeChambeau’.

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