European Tour discusses video evidence

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The European Tour held its end-of-season Rules Conference this week where members from seven European golf federations, PGA, R&A and European Tour, as well as volunteer officials, gathered to discuss rules-related issues including queries raised by media and television coverage.


In a presentation focused on the increasingly important role played by television in international golf tournaments, John Paramor, chief referee of the European Tour, cited the Padraig Harrington incident at the 2011 Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship.


The three-time major champion was disqualified for signing for the wrong score in his first-round 65, after television slow-motion replays showed that his hand brushed the back of his ball as he replaced it in front of his marker.

Other rules infringements recently spotted by television cameras include Peter Hanson double-hitting a wedge thanks to a slo-mo camera, Graeme McDowell causing his ball to move in a bush at the 18th at Wentworth and Carl Pettersson touching a leaf in a hazard during the final round of the PGA.


“Golf's rules are complex and need to be to ensure fair play and a level playing field for all competitors,” said Mr Paramor.

“It is at meetings such as this that officials, volunteers and governing bodies can raise and discuss specific issues that will continue to help ensure fair play for all golfers.”



The three-day conference immediately followed the conclusion of European Tour Qualifying School Final Stage at PGA Catalunya Resort, which many of the referees attended.

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