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Europeans happy with new rules

5th March 2019, 14:42 by James Mason

The R&A and USGA have received support from a number of European players over the new rules that have come into play.

In a bid to speed up the game of golf, new rules came into effect in 2019 but, after several incidents, a number of professional golfers have voiced their displeasure at some of the tweaks made.

Haotong Li, Denny McCarthy and most recently Adam Schenk have all been penalised for using their caddy to line up a shot, something which isn't allowed anymore, whilst Rickie Fowler was caught out after dropping a ball from shoulder height instead of knee height.

Justin Thomas has called the new rule changes "terrible", Bryson DeChambeau called the drop system "slightly absurd" whilst Fowler believes it won't be long until the players are allowed to go back to shoulder height drops.

However, in a show of support to the R&A and USGA, Europe's 2018 winning Ryder Cup Thomas Bjorn believes the changes are a good thing for the sport.

He posted on Twitter: "Interesting that @RandA and @USGA are coming in for so much criticism from players and caddies. Players from all over the world was asked their opinions about which rules should change, so was the tour refs and officials. I for one think they listened!!"

David Howell also threw his support behind the new caddy rule, saying: "It's a great rule change, the principle is correct, aim yourself with no help, I personally think that the rule should say simply just that. Any player caddy combo that tries to break this rule by stealth would be cheating, end of career, reputation trashed. Problem solved?"

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

James Mason grew up in Northumberland so is entrenched in both the football and golf scenes. A low handicap golfer, he also follows Newcastle United and predicts big things under Rafa Benitez.

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