Title: Grooves rule prompts confusion at Sea Best
Description: Confusion regarding USGA rule about grooves emerged Monday at the Sea Best Invitational. Jacksonville's Brett McKinnon was singled out by a playing competitor for a possible violation during the first round at TPC Sawgrass' Stadium Course. The question centered on whether one of his wedges conformed to rules that more strictly limit the size of grooves. The USGA implemented the rule at the U.S. Open and other high-level events in 2010, and the PGA Tour and PGA of America also adopted the rule that year. On Jan. 1 this year, the rule was extended to include this condition of competition to what the USGA calls the “highest level of amateur golf” and is “recommended only for competitions involving expert players.” It leaves implementation of the rule in the hands of a tournament’s competition committee. NCAA rules stipulate that the stricter grooves regulations are not in place for Division I regular-season events, and McKinnon was not docked any shots. "There was no penalty," said Todd Vatter, Jacksonville's sports information director for men's golf. "The ruling is in effect for the postseason only and is optional for the regular season."