Monthly Archives: June 2017

Justin Thomas called Jordan Spieth’s bunker hole out at the Travelers Championship

By Joe Boozell

As if Jordan Spieth’s winning hole out at the Travelers Championship wasn’t already impressive enough, the crazy news keeps on coming in the world of golf.

Justin Thomas, who recently posted the lowest single-round score in the history of the U.S. Open, is longtime friends with Spieth – he knows him better than most. So much so, apparently, that he called Spieth’s bunker hole out on Twitter moments before it happened – and was right.

Wouldn’t be surprised if @JordanSpieth just holed this bunker shot

The shot was legendary. The celebration that followed was epic. But Thomas calling his friend’s shot adds yet another layer to a memorable Sunday in June.

GolfLink’s Inaugural Virtual Tournament Launches Saturday June 10th's Inaugural Virtual Tournament is June 10th! FRANCISCO, June 1, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — “The GolfLink Virtual Tournament brings together players from across the country and around the world in this innovative new twist for the sport,” says LoveToKnow CEO Howard Love. ( is part of the LoveToKnow Corp. portfolio of media properties.)

Golfers can compete for a chance to win great prizes from major brands from any golf course worldwide. Prizes will be awarded for the best-played game, as well as best dressed, funniest photo and more. Get ready for a fun-filled day of golf with a community who loves the game as much as you do.

Prizes include a Callaway Golf 300 Pro Laser Rangefinder, a Callaway X Series Stand Bag and a Cleveland Golf 588 Tour Action Wedge, as well as visors, sunglasses, and more!

Here’s how to enter:

  1. Register to enter the GolfLink Virtual Tournament.
  2. Enter either your official GHIN or USGA handicap at sign-up.**
  3. Book a tee time at your favorite course.
  4. Show up on June 10th ready to play your best game.
  5. Relax and wait for an email from GolfLink announcing the winners.

(**If you do not have a GHIN or USGA handicap, you can still participate in the tournament. However, your score will not appear on the leaderboard and you will only be eligible for specialty awards.)

USGA and The R&A Announce Proposed Changes to Modernize Golf’s Rules

FAR HILLS, N.J., USA and ST ANDREWS, SCOTLAND (March 1, 2017) – The USGA and The R&A have unveiled a preview of proposed new Rules of Golf, as part of a joint initiative to modernize the Rules and make them easier to understand and apply.

The online release of this preview begins a six-month feedback and evaluation period during which all golfers worldwide can learn about the proposed changes and provide input before they are finalized in 2018 and take effect January 1, 2019.

The announcement follows a comprehensive review process that began in 2012 with a working group of key USGA and R&A Rules administrators, professional tour officials and other Rules experts. While the Rules are revised every four years, this is the first fundamental review since 1984, and was established to ensure the Rules fit the needs of today’s game and the way it is played around the world.

“We are excited and encouraged by the potential this work brings, both through the proposed new Rules and the opportunities to use technology to deliver them,” said Thomas Pagel, senior director of Rules & Amateur Status for the USGA. “We look forward to an ongoing conversation with golfers during the feedback period in the months ahead.”

David Rickman, executive director – Governance at The R&A, said, “Our aim is to make the Rules easier to understand and to apply for all golfers. We have looked at every Rule to try to find ways to make them more intuitive and straightforward, and we believe we have identified many significant improvements. It is important that the Rules continue to evolve and remain in tune with the way the modern game is played, but we have been careful not to change the game’s longstanding principles and character.”

The proposed 24 new Rules, reduced from the current 34, have been written in a user-friendly style with shorter sentences, commonly used phrases, bulleted lists and explanatory headings. The initiative also focuses on assessing the overall consistency, simplicity and fairness of the Rules for play.

The Rules are currently delivered in more than 30 languages, and the proposed wording will support easier translation worldwide. When adopted, the Rules will be supported by technology that allows the use of images, videos and graphics.

Highlights of the proposed Rule changes include:

  • Elimination or reduction of “ball moved” penalties: There will be no penalty for accidentally moving a ball on the putting green or in searching for a ball; and a player is not responsible for causing a ball to move unless it is “virtually certain” that he or she did so.
  • Relaxed putting green rules: There will be no penalty if a ball played from the putting green hits an unattended flagstick in the hole; players may putt without having the flagstick attended or removed. Players may repair spike marks and other damage made by shoes, animal damage and other damage on the putting green and there is no penalty for merely touching the line of putt.
  • Relaxed rules for “penalty areas” (currently called “water hazards”): Red and yellow-marked penalty areas may cover areas of desert, jungle, lava rock, etc., in addition to areas of water; expanded use of red penalty areas where lateral relief is allowed; and there will be no penalty for moving loose impediments or touching the ground or water in a penalty area.
  • Relaxed bunker rules: There will be no penalty for moving loose impediments in a bunker or for generally touching the sand with a hand or club. A limited set of restrictions (such as not grounding the club right next to the ball) is kept to preserve the challenge of playing from the sand; however, an extra relief option is added for an unplayable ball in a bunker, allowing the ball to be played from outside the bunker with a two-stroke penalty.
  • Relying on player integrity: A player’s “reasonable judgment” when estimating or measuring a spot, point, line, area or distance will be upheld, even if video evidence later shows it to be wrong; and elimination of announcement procedures when lifting a ball to identify it or to see if it is damaged.
  • Pace-of-play support: Reduced time for searching for a lost ball (from five minutes to three); affirmative encouragement of “ready golf” in stroke play; recommending that players take no more than 40 seconds to play a stroke and other changes intended to help with pace of play.
  • Simplified way of taking relief: A new procedure for taking relief by dropping a ball in and playing it from a specific relief area; relaxed procedures for dropping a ball, allowing the ball to be dropped from just above the ground or any growing thing or other object on the ground.

A series of materials have also been prepared to explain the proposed Rule changes and provide background on the initiative. Found on and, they include:

  • Overview of the Rules Modernization Initiative: Goals, Proposed Changes and Process for Implementation in 2019
  • Draft New Rules of Golf for 2019: The Full Text of Proposed Rules 1-24 and Definitions
  • Draft Player’s Edition of the New Rules of Golf for 2019: Written from the perspective of “you” the golfer, this shorter version covers the most commonly used Rules and is meant to be the rule book golfers will use when finalized and adopted in 2019
  • Explanation for Each Major Proposed Change in the New Rules of Golf for 2019: Short summaries of each major proposed change
  • Summary chart of major changes
  • Videos and Infographics: Visual explanations of the proposed Rules.

Golfers are encouraged to review the proposed changes and submit feedback online via worldwide survey technology that can be accessed at or from now until August 31, 2017.

The feedback will be reviewed by the USGA and The R&A in establishing the approved final version of golf’s new Rules. These are due to be released in mid-2018 ahead of a January 1, 2019 implementation. Social media fans can also follow the discussion using #GolfRules2019.

Players are reminded that the current 2016 Edition of the Rules of Golf remain in force when playing, posting scores or competing, until the new Rules are officially adopted by the USGA and The R&A in 2019. The Rules of Amateur Status and the Rules of Equipment Standards were not part of this review process.

SwingxSwing Launches The SwingCast Cup, The World’s First Multi-Platform E-Golf League

HARTFORD, Conn., May 23, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Swing by Swing Golf, Inc., the golf mobile app, media and entertainment company, announced today that it will launch The SwingCast Cup, the world’s first multi-platform e-golf league, officially sanctioned by HB Studios for its golf video game, The Golf Club.  League participants will be able to compete on any of the game’s Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC platforms for over $20,000 in prizes.

The 2017 season will commence on Tuesday, May 30th with fourteen regular season tournaments ending with The SwingCast Championship in September.  Each week’s tournament winner will win her choice of a $500 golf equipment shopping spree or a $300 Amazon gift card, with weekly prizes for holes-in-one as well.  In addition, four of the tournaments will be majors, with major champions winning their choice of a $1,000 golf equipment shopping spree or a $600 Amazon gift card.

During the week of Tuesday, September 5th, the top ten golfers from the regular season will compete in the SwingCast Cup Championship.  The 2017 Champion will win her choice of a $5,000 golf equipment shopping spree or a $3,000 Amazon gift card.

Participants will need to register first at to be eligible for league participation and prizes.  League participants will be obligated to stream all gameplay live via Twitch or Beam, and the championship will be broadcasted on the SwingCast video gaming channel ( with commentary from the channel’s on-air talent.


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