Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Amateurs Now Able to Donate Winnings; GOLF

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Amateurs Now Able to Donate Winnings; GOLF

Article excerpt

AMATEUR golfers will have the option to accept prize money at professional events from January 2016 onwards if the winnings are donated to a pre-approved charity.

The move is part of changes and revisions to the rules of golf, which will take effect at the start of next year.

In a joint announcement, the Royal & Ancient and United States Golf Association have relaxed penalties for some cases of inputting the wrong score for a hole, as well as for the use of "artificial devices and unusual equipment".

The ruling for amateurs means a situation mirroring The Open in 2015, where then-amateur Paul Dunne's heroics meant he had a chance of landing a trophy but not the fortune in prize money, could allow winnings to go to approved and worthy causes.

Speaking at a teleconference, the R&A's director of rules David Rickman told journalists: "This particular idea dates back to 2011, when after the disastrous tsunami in Japan, Hideki Matsuyama was invited to take part in an event and for his prize money to be donated to that very worthy disaster relief fund. …

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