31 Jul '16, 5pm

They're playing preferred lies for the final round of the PGA Championship.

SPRINGFIELD, N.J. – The PGA of America has broken from decades of tradition and instituted preferred lies during the final round of the 98th PGA Championship at a wet and soggy Baltusrol Golf Club. It is believed to be the first time in the tournament’s history -- and perhaps major championship history -- that lift, clean and place has been used. Unrelenting rain forced the hand of tournament officials. “It makes sense,” said Jordan Spieth after finishing his third round Sunday, “but I’m just surprised that someone started it in major championship play.” Rather than stick to the age old adage (and rule) of “Play it as it lies,” officials invoked the provisions in the appendix of the rule book for preferred lies or “winter rules.” Sunday’s decision allowed players to pick up their ball in “closely mown areas” such as the fairway or around greens and remove mud it may have p...

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