Tag Archives: R&A

Apr
26
2017

Lexi Thompson spoke with the media for the first time since her heartbreaking loss 24 days ago at the ANA Inspiration after incurring a four-stroke penalty that ultimately cost her the trophy at the LPGA’s opening major of the year. Ahead of this week’s Volunteers of America Texas Shootout, the 22-year-old American held an emotional press conference Wednesday afternoon and broke down in tears at one point as she started to answer a question about the controversial rules infraction that a “concerned” viewer spotted on the telecast from the previous day’s round and brought it to the attention of an LPGA rules official via email during Sunday’s final round.

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Apr
25
2017

When reports popped up Monday about the USGA and R&A making a big announcement about a rules change after the massive backlash resulting from Lexi Thompson’s unfortunate four-stroke penalty in the final round of the ANA Inspiration that ultimately cost her the major title.

Naturally, Golf Twitter responded in real time with utter outrage and disbelief, and then, of course, a flood of articles and columns dissecting the incident, Rules of Golf, TV vigilantism, etc. followed for days, which is the norm after such a controversial incident, but this was a special scenario because the women’s first major occurs the week right before the Masters. And usually, once Monday rolls around — the official start of Masters week — any coverage of the ladies’ major gets buried and forgotten because all eyes turn toward Augusta National.

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Apr
3
2017

Leave it to yet a(nother) incredulous and absurd rules controversy to cloud the discussion and news coming out of Augusta National on Monday of arguably the biggest week in golf. In a regard, I’m glad the ANA Inspiration, one of the five majors in the women’s game, is actually getting attention, and the stories aren’t lost in the usually overwhelming joy and coverage of Masters previews as they have in years past.

Unfortunately, the spotlight isn’t on celebrating a great champion, but it’s golf’s latest rules debacle, which isn’t exactly the most flattering look for a niche sport that seems obsessed with the never-ending discussing on “growing the game.” Well, letting absurd rules incident play out dramatically on live television isn’t doing golf any favors.

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Jun
2
2016

The USGA and The R&A have published a research paper that reports important facts on driving distance in professional golf. Supporting data comes from seven major tours around the globe (PGA Tour, European Tour, Japan Golf Tour, Web.com tour, PGA Champions Tour, LPGA Tour and Ladies European Tour), including PGA Tour data beginning in 1968. More detailed data is provided with regard to distance since 2003 on the PGA Tour (thanks to ShotLink, additional info is given) and the European Tour.

One of the key findings was that between 2003 and the end of the 2015 season, the average driving distance on four of the seven tours increased about 1%, or 0.2 yards per year.

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Dec
7
2015

R&A

It took much too long for the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews to begin to modernize and join the rest of society in the 21st century — though the all-male membership was somewhat pressured into it — but kudos to the members for voting to admit women a little over a year ago in September 2014.

On Monday the R&A announced the addition of two more female members, Marlene Stewart Streit and Judy Bell, two of North America’s most accomplished amateur golfers. 

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Jul
12
2015
By Stephanie Wei under British Open

The Open Championship at St Andrews is by far the best week in golf that only happens once every five years. I’ve been waiting for the oldest major to return to the Home of Golf ever since the 2010 edition ended with Louis Oosthuizen running away with the Claret Jug by seven strokes. First of all, it’s been five years already? I’ve been covering golf for that long? I can’t believe how fast time has past, and looking at pictures, I’m startled at how much I’ve aged!

That was only the third tournament I’d ever covered (and my first for the WSJ), and I always refer to it as the “best-worst week” of my golf media career, which still holds true. It’s easily the most memorable tournament I’ve covered — not per se because of the actual golf and the result, as Sunday was sort of boring after Oosthuizen pulled away from the field.

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Sep
18
2014

Women now allowed in R&A!

The Royal and Ancient Golf Club has voted in favor of allowing female members for the first time in its 260-year history. The St Andrews-based club consists of approximately 2,400 members worldwide, all of whom were entitled to vote — 75% of the membership took part in the ballot, with 85% opting to change its outdated policy. 

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Feb
6
2014
USGA joins R&A in stance on DMDs
On Thursday the USGA announced it will permit players to use distance-measuring devices (DMDs), more commonly known as rangefinders, etc., in its amateur championships for 2014. The governing body will also stick with studying the impact of DMDs on pace of play, but from its recent findings, they had no negative effect.

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Jan
30
2014
Lasers approved!
The R&A, one of golf’s governing bodies, announced on Monday the approval of distance measuring devices — or most commonly known as rangefinders or lasers, etc. — for their amateur championships in 2014, including the British Amateur. Your move, USGA! 

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Jan
22
2014
We're growing golf!
Following the template started in 2009 when the organizations created the Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship (AAC), the Masters Tournament, along with the R&A and the USGA, announced the formation of the Latin America Amateur Championship (LAAC), which will debut in 2015.

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