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The PGA Tour is making a rule change regarding scorecard disqualifications.

Tour player Michael Kim posted a tour memo to X that illustrated a new 15-minute window for players “to correct an error on his scorecard, even if he has left the scoring area”. According to the memo, this means:

• If a scorecard is validated in the scoring system and the player has left the scoring area, he may return to correct an error within 15 minutes of validation.

• If a player has left the scoring area and an error is identified before the scorecard is validated in the scoring system, he may return to correct the error within 15 minutes of the error being identified by the scoring official.

• If a player is in the scoring area when the 15 minutes expires, his scorecard is returned when he leaves the scoring area.

Disqualifications are relatively common for incorrect scoring, happening a handful of times per year, but an incident with Jordan Spieth at the Genesis Invitational this February may have spurred the rule amendment.

The PGA Tour announced that Spieth had signed for a 3 on Riviera Country Club’s par-3 fourth hole instead of the 4 he actually made, leading to his disqualification. Spieth took full responsibility for the matter and apologised on social media. However, it emerged afterwards that Spieth was sick and was in a rush to reach the bathroom after his round, thus not having time to check his scorecard.

“He was really sick and he had a rough last hole,” Xander Schauffele explained. “I can see how it all went down.”

The rule change is going into effect immediately on all PGA Tour-sanctioned circuits, as well as the DP World Tour.