European Tour Referees Discuss Using Video Evidence

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The referees of the European Tour have opened discussions to bring in video refereeing at their 2012 Rules Conference at the PGA Catalunya Resort.

Thirty-five delegates from seven European golf federations - including The PGA, The R&A and The European Tour - gathered to discuss rules-related issues, including queries raised by the increase in media and television coverage.

In his presentation, John Paramor, Chief Referee of The European Tour, cited the Padraig Harrington incident at the 2011 Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship. Harrington was disqualified for signing for the wrong score in his first-round 65, after television slow-motion replays showed that his hand brushed the back of his ball as he replaced it in front of his marker.

“Golf's rules are complex and need to be to ensure fair play and a level playing field for all competitors,” commented Paramor.

“It is at meetings such as this that officials, volunteers and governing bodies can raise and discuss specific issues that will continue to help ensure fair play for all golfers.”

The three-day conference immediately followed the conclusion of the European Tour's Qualifying School Final Stage at PGA Catalunya, which many of the referees attended.