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Rules of Amateur Status Modernisation

The R&A and the USGA are pleased to announce proposals for significant changes to the Rules of Amateur Status. These changes result from a multi-year modernisation initiative that has identified a clear need to bring the Rules up to date to reflect today’s global amateur game and ensure that the Rules are easier to understand and apply.

In 2017, The R&A and USGA agreed in principle to undertake a modernisation initiative for the Rules of Amateur Status that would analyse the current Rules, research the history of each Rule and establish which of the current provisions remain important to protect the amateur game.

Amateur Status Feedback and Explanations

The R&A and USGA have engaged with the golf community in feedback sessions throughout the review process including: national federations and state golf associations, worldwide professional golf associations (PGAs), worldwide Tours, NCAA, and elite-level amateurs. A public feedback period is open from February 22 – March 26, 2021.

After this period ends, we will continue to evaluate the Rule changes, make any appropriate changes and obtain final approval from our respective Amateur Status Committees and boards. The new Rules of Amateur Status are scheduled to go into effect in January 2022.

To provide greater insight into the draft of the proposed Rules of Amateur Status, it is accompanied by the below explanations which detail the current Rule, the proposed new Rule, and our rationale for why changes are being proposed or why a Rule or part of a Rule would remain the same.


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