Get ready for arguably the biggest shake up to the Rules of Golf in generations. The R&A and USGA are set to introduce a plethora of revised rules that will come into effect on Jan. 1, 2020. David Rickman, the R&A’s executive director of rules, addressed the European Tour’s players during a meeting at last week’s Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship, where he highlighted new innovations being considered for the 2020 edition of the Rules of Golf. Golfweek understands that among the revised rules under consideration are: reducing the search time for lost balls from five minutes to three; allowing players to repair spike marks on greens; allowing players to drop a ball from any height when taking relief rather than the current stipulation of shoulder height; more of an emphasis on using red stakes for water hazards while still allowing yellow stakes in some cases; and eliminating the use of club lengths for taking relief.
By Chris Gallagher TOKYO, Jan 24 (Reuters) - A Japanese nonprofit group has demanded the golf tournament of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics be shifted from the Kasumigaseki Country Club which does not accept women as full members. The Japan Golf Council, unaffiliated with the sport's domestic governing body, the Japan Golf Association -- said on Tuesday that it had sent a letter to International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach proposing an alternative venue. The membership policy "is quite contrary to the spirit of the Olympic Games," said Eiko Ohya, chairwoman of the council.
PACIFIC PALISADES, Calif.—Everything about Genesis Open media day bore the signs of vintage Tiger Woods. With one exception. An admission of “concern” over playing four of the next five weeks – following just one start in the last 500 or so days – proved a welcome change from someone whose superhuman pride has often left him unable to admit vulnerability to age, injury and even bad luck. Answering questions Monday in front of a global media presence and live Golf Channel audience about the upcoming Genesis Open, Woods admitted what any back sufferer knows: it’s a lot of golf right out of the chute. “That is a concern (playing so much these next two months), there’s no doubt about it,” Woods said.