With the New Year arrives a refreshed Rules of Golf and thanks to Bubba Watson our first teaching moment!
Doug Ferguson got the answer from the USGA on whether a penalty is in order.
In this case, the answer would appear to be yes. The decision to remove (or tend) the flag stick, or leave it in, must be made before the stroke.
It’s an example of what awaits for 2019, at least the early part of the year after a five-year project to simplify the Rules of Golf.
So there you have it: leave the flagstick in or don’t. No mid-shop changing your mind!