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SportEuro Tour chief: Penalty on Haotong Li is ‘grossly unfair’ under new Rules of Golf

19:20  28 january  2019
19:20  28 january  2019 Source:   golfweek.com

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Haotong Li was in position to finish third at the Omega Desert Dubai Classic and take home a nice paycheck. That was until he was penalized two shots According to the USGA, one of the new Rules of Golf states that “the player’s caddie must not deliberately stand on or close to an extension of the

Li Haotong incurred a two stroke penalty under a new rule . Li had started to take his stance for a putt before his caddie, who had been standing behind him, moved to the side. Though the caddie had moved away before Li completed his stance, European Tour officials still decided the Chinese player

Euro Tour chief: Penalty on Haotong Li is ‘grossly unfair’ under new Rules of Golf© Getty Getty

European Tour chief executive Keith Pelley has called on R&A chief executive Martin Slumbers to allow referees more discretion following Haotong Li's controversial two-shot penalty in the final round of the $3.25 million Omega Dubai Desert Classic.

Li's caddie Mike Burrow was adjudged to have breached Rule 10.2b (4) on the 18th green, which prohibits caddies from lining players up. Li's birdie on the 18th Sunday became a bogey six, and his score was changed to 73 instead of 71. It cost the Chinese player $98,000 when he dropped from a share of third place into a tie for 12th.

"Let me state initially that, under the new Rules of Golf issued on January 1, 2019, the decision made by our referees was correct, under the strict wording of the rules," Pelley said in the statement Monday. "It is my strong belief, however, that the fact there is no discretion available to our referees when implementing rulings such as this is wrong and should be addressed immediately.

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The rules of golf consist of a standard set of regulations and procedures by which the sport of golf should be played and prescribe penalties for rule infractions. They are jointly written and administered by the R&A (spun off from The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews)

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"Everyone I have spoken to about this believes, as I do, that there was no malice or intent from Li Haotong, nor did he gain any advantage from his, or his caddie's split-second actions. Therefore the subsequent two shot penalty, which moved him from T3 in the tournament to T12, was grossly unfair in my opinion."

Slumbers said after reviewing the ruling, he stands by the European Tour referees that the correct call was made.

"There has been some misunderstanding of the new Rule and I would point out that it is designed to prevent any opportunity for the caddie to stand behind the player as he begins to take his stance," Slumbers said in a statement released Monday. "Whether the player intends to be lined up is not the issue.

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Li Haotong (Chinese: 李昊桐; pinyin: Lǐ Hàotóng , born 3 August 1995) is a Chinese professional golfer . Li turned professional in 2011 and played his early pro career on the OneAsia Tour and PGA Tour of Australasia. He also competed in a few European Tour events.

Haotong Li became the first high-profile player to run afoul of the new rule that bans a caddie from assisting in lining up a shot. The defending champion at the Dubai Desert Classic, Li was in position for another high finish when officials determined that Li ’s caddie stood on a direct line behind his ball

"We appreciate that it was a very unfortunate situation yesterday and I completely understand Keith Pelley's concerns when a Rules incident occurs at such a key stage of a European Tour event but there is no discretionary element to the Rule precisely so that it is easier to understand and can be applied consistently."

As a video of Li's putt on 18 was shared on social media, many came out in support of the player.

Eddie Pepperell tweeted he found it hard to believe Li was penalized. "Frankly, I think it's a shockingly bad decision and for the life of me I cannot see how Mike has lined Haotong up here," Pepperell wrote.

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