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    Leaf deflecting putt. New rule?

    I've just read about this happening to poor old Mathew Southgate. Pretty unlucky, and a rule I wasn't aware of.

    But... it did remind me of this incident with Phil Mickelson. I remember watching that live and thinking how unlucky it was then.
    What I don't remember is Phil having to retake the putt, nor being penalised for not doing so.

    Can anyone remember the incident and explain why he wasn't punished in the same way as Mathew Southgate, or have I remembered it wrong and he was forced to retake it?
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    Re: Leaf deflecting putt. New rule?

    Quote Originally Posted by Lazkir View Post
    I've just read about this happening to poor old Mathew Southgate. Pretty unlucky, and a rule I wasn't aware of.

    But... it did remind me of this incident with Phil Mickelson. I remember watching that live and thinking how unlucky it was then.
    What I don't remember is Phil having to retake the putt, nor being penalised for not doing so.

    Can anyone remember the incident and explain why he wasn't punished in the same way as Mathew Southgate, or have I remembered it wrong and he was forced to retake it?
    I don't recollect the Mickelson incident but there are different outcomes to your ball being deflected by a leaf depending on whether the leaf was motionless at the time or moving. If your ball is deflected by an outside agency such as a loose impediment that is motionless, you play the ball from where it ends up without penalty. That applies anywhere on the course. If your ball is played from the putting green and is deflected by a moving outside agency, you must replay the stroke. [Rule 19-1]

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    Re: Leaf deflecting putt. New rule?

    That would explain it. The Mickleson one had stopped moving when his ball hit it, whereas the other was in motion.

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    Re: Leaf deflecting putt. New rule?

    I don't have a lot of sympathy with Matthew Southgate. He's a professional & should know the basic rules or at least be aware of situations where he needs to check. It probably cost him 5 strokes, not 4.

    The 2 strokes for signing an incorrect card is just stupid, the retrospective penalty should be enough.
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    Re: Leaf deflecting putt. New rule?

    Quote Originally Posted by Maninblack4612 View Post
    I don't have a lot of sympathy with Matthew Southgate. He's a professional & should know the basic rules
    Just my sixpence worth but I wouldn't consider this a 'basic' rule...I've been playing 25+ years and have a decent grasp of the rules - I've never heard of this one and the talk on Twitter last night suggests a good few more, including several Pros, didn't either...
    So it all depends on whether the leaf was moving or not....
    Talk about complicating things. We're going to need to video every putt just in case a leaf blows across, stops for 0.1 of a millisecond then moves again...
    What happened to Rub of the Green..?
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    Re: Leaf deflecting putt. New rule?

    I consider myself to have an above average knowledge of the rules but only found out this one last year.

    I would not consider it to be a 'basic rule' which the vast majority of payers would be aware of.

    I would agree with the point about a Pro needing to check with a rules official before continuing though.

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    Re: Leaf deflecting putt. New rule?

    I wonder if this rule would be better for all if they changed the 'must' be replaced to 'can' be?

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    Re: Leaf deflecting putt. New rule?

    Quote Originally Posted by woody69 View Post
    I wonder if this rule would be better for all if they changed the 'must' be replaced to 'can' be?
    This is what i was thinking, then replaying or finishing would be up to the player and the field is not disadvantaged as far as I can see

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    Re: Leaf deflecting putt. New rule?

    You could the scenario where a player has a tricky, multi break putt of, say, 50ft...
    3 inches from the hole a leaf deflects it away from the hole...stroke to be replayed and the player has a really good idea of the line...
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    Re: Leaf deflecting putt. New rule?

    Quote Originally Posted by Imurg View Post
    You could the scenario where a player has a tricky, multi break putt of, say, 50ft...
    3 inches from the hole a leaf deflects it away from the hole...stroke to be replayed and the player has a really good idea of the line...
    Sounds like he already had a good idea of the line.

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