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Pelley unhappy with Li ruling

28th January 2019, 19:04 by Neil Foster

European Tour chief executive Keith Pelley wants a new rule to be reviewed after Li Haotong's controversial penalty in Dubai.

The sport's law-makers - USGA and R&A - brought in new legislation for 2019 and Li has already fallen foul of one of the rules.

The Chinese star was handed a two-shot penalty at the 18th hole on Sunday after his caddie was deemed to have stood in 'a direct line behind the ball' when he began to take his stance for putting.

A number of players immediately came out in support of the Far East star and now Pelley, while respecting the decision of the referee, feels there should be some leeway.

He said a statement: "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.

"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.

"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."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Neil Foster is an experienced journalist who specialises in cricket and rugby union. Neil also has a solid knowledge of tennis, golf and football.

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