In a swift response to increasing debates over television reviews, golf's ruling bodies issued a new decision on the Rules of Golf that limits the use of video evidence and could spare players from being penalized even if they violated a rule.
The decision issued Tuesday — and effective immediately on all tours around the world — has two standards.
Players can avoid a penalty if the violation could not be noticed with the naked eye. That would have spared Anna Nordqvist a two-shot penalty during a playoff in the U.S. Women's Open last year when her club nicked the sand while she was playing from a fairway bunker.
Rules official also can eliminate penalties if they...