The professional golf tours have been asleep at the remote control for years in responding to the issue of video rules reviews. It bit the LPGA in the glutes Sunday when Lexi Thompson was penalized four strokes and robbed of victory at the first major of the season.
After so many instances of rules violations being phoned in by fans over the years, you’d think a better solution would have been found by now.
Yes, Thompson made a mistake, no matter that it was small, in mis-marking her 1-foot putt on Saturday. But there needs to be a time limit on imposing video rulings. Once the next round begins, the previous one should be in the books. The tour has to protect the entire field from any rules infraction.
But the entire field is not scrutinized on television. An easy solution is to have a rules official or two in the TV truck watching all replays during the round. If the players don’t catch a mistake and the rules officials don’t catch it, too bad. There’s nothing stopping the tours from imposing their own policy on this issue right away.