July 25, 2024


Travel Finishes First

Pro wins tournament. But rules video review takes victory away.

Chris Hanson, in black sweater, and Dan Brown, in blue jacket, through an event on the 2020 Professional Tour.


Chris Hanson was good with his drop. Dan Brown, his opponent in a sudden-loss of life playoff, and an on-program announcer were being superior, also. 

But there had been “live viewing worries.” 

In a strange sequence on the 2020 Professional Tour that introduced to head an incident with Lexi Thompson in 2017, Hanson gained a not long ago accomplished occasion at Rockliffe Corridor Golfing Study course in England, then he didn’t. As very first described by Golf Month to month, tour officers talked with a procedures official after examining their live online broadcast, decided that Hanson did not fall his ball correctly, and the victory was awarded to Brown. 

“On reviewing the playoff footage following some Reside viewing worries with regards to Chris Hanson’s fall on the closing playoff hole,” the Tour wrote in a assertion introduced on its Twitter account. “And after talking with a PGA Official it has come to our attention that the ball was dropped in the wrong put. Resulting in Chris currently being disqualified from the playoff.” 

The incident commenced right after Hanson’s tee shot on the 1st gap came to rest just to the left of a fence. From there, Hanson, who was the moment as superior as 288th in the entire world rankings, talked with his caddie, Brown and the on-course announcer around wherever he really should drop from the immovable obstruction, and Hanson at some point did so to the ideal of the fence.  

“To be reasonable, you’d be improved off down listed here,” Brown was overheard declaring on the live broadcast, pointing at in which Hanson would inevitably fall.  

“Is that the closest stage?” Hanson asked.  

“Yeah, I think so,” Brown mentioned. 

Hanson then hit on, rolled in a lengthy birdie putt to conclusion the playoff, and he was the winner. Until finally the movie evaluation. Hanson was permitted relief underneath rule 16.1, but he had not dropped at the nearest point of entire relief, which must have been to the left of the fence. (The USGA’s website gives a diagram of the place to drop in such a scenario here.) 

Of study course, online video evaluate is absolutely nothing new in golf, even though golf’s governing bodies clarified how it ought to be used right after Thompson was penalized 4 strokes although top in the course of the last round of the 2017 ANA Inspiration right after a viewer emailed event officers indicating that Thompson experienced misplaced her ball on the eco-friendly in the course of the 3rd round. 

Soon after, Decision 34-3/10 was introduced. A USGA assertion mentioned it “implements two standards for Procedures committees to restrict the use of video clip: 1) when video reveals proof that could not moderately be observed with the “naked eye,” and 2) when players use their “reasonable judgment” to figure out a distinct locale when making use of the Policies.”

But 2020 Professional Tour officers thought that this did not implement to Hanson’s drop, however no more statement was specified. And Brown was declared the winner. 

“Dan Brown now stands as the Golf Travel People Masters Champion and wins a cheque for £5,000,” the Tour wrote in its assertion on Twitter. “Congratulations to Dan Brown as soon as yet again and many thanks to the Golfing Travel Men and women for their continued support.” 

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Nick Piastowski

Nick Piastowski

Golf.com Editor

Nick Piastowski is a Senior Editor at Golf.com and Golf Journal. In his position, he is liable for modifying, producing and producing tales throughout the golf space. And when he’s not composing about methods to hit the golfing ball farther and straighter, the Milwaukee native is possibly actively playing the video game, hitting the ball remaining, correct and brief, and drinking a chilly beer to wash absent his rating. You can get to out to him about any of these matters — his tales, his match or his beers — at [email protected].